Extra midfielder to counter dual threat – Coventry City predicted XI vs Nottingham Forest


Coventry City head to in-form Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night in search of their sixth away win of the Championship campaign.

It seems like a daunting task on paper given Steve Cooper’s men are on an impressive eight-game unbeaten streak in the league, having won their last three, their last a 4-1 thrashing of Blackpool away from home. , having already passed three QPRs and four past readings at the City Ground. Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is under no illusions about the job ahead but remains confident his players can rise to the challenge.

“It will be a brilliant game and a brilliant atmosphere,” he said. “They are on a roll. Steve Cooper started them. He’s added pace and power and he’s on the cutting edge, so we just have to see if we can turn it around a bit.

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In terms of personnel, it’s likely the City manager will have the same squad at his disposal as he had against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend. Centre-half Jake Clarke-Salter is almost certain to be out with a groin strain that could well keep him out of the last seven games, while fellow centre-back Kyle McFadzean has missed the last three. due to a calf injury.

It’s unclear if the centre-back is ready for a comeback but considering he didn’t even return to training on Friday, the 35-year-old must remain in doubt.

That being the case, the back three pick each other with Michael Rose, Dom Hyam and Jake Bidwell – the latter having replaced Clarke-Salter in the left bunk in the last two games.

Todd Kane returned to the matchday squad this weekend but was an unused sub and offers Robins an option if he wants to freshen things up in the right-back slot currently occupied by Fankaty Dabo who , of course, provided the superb center. for Viktor Gyokeres to score City’s late leveler against Rovers on Saturday.

Ian Maatsen will almost certainly continue down the left where he will no doubt have his work cut off from the dual threat of exceptional Brennan Johnson and full-back/full-back Djed Spence who doubles down the right flank.

Gustavo Hamer, meanwhile, and Jamie Allen will be favorites to operate in midfield. Granted, Hamer is a virtually guaranteed starter with Ben Sheaf and Jordan Shipley as alternative options.

The big question is whether City will go with their in-form strike partnership of Matty Godden and Gyokeres or revert to midfield and go with a single striker. Either way, Callum O’Hare will be another bolt on starter right behind. If Robins opts for a box that could open the door for Sheaf to return to the starting lineup, either Allen pushing into a more attacking role or Shipley being called up to play at the top of the box.

But given the previously mentioned threat down the right from Forest, there is a strong case for an extra man in midfield, and Allen fits the bill with his energy and uninterrupted running ability to break up play.

Elsewhere, Martyn Waghorn and Fabio Tavares are likely to offer a striking reinforcement from the bench.

Scheduled City XI: Simon Moore; Michael Rose, Dom Hyam, Jake Bidwell; Fankaty Dabo, Gus Hamer, Ben Sheaf, Ian Maatsen; Callum O’Hare, Jamie Allen; Matty Godden.

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