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Opposition report: Coventry City

Blues are looking to bounce back at St. Andrew's this afternoon.

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A closer look at today's St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium showdown....

FORM GUIDE:

Coventry City come into the St. Andrew's clash on the back of a 2-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday in the week. But before then, you’d have to go back to the start of the month for a Sky Blues win – a 2-1 away victory over Millwall. 

On the whole, Coventry’s form has been better when playing in Birmingham – they’re unbeaten in their last eight at St. Andrew's.

In their last ten, the Sky Blues have won three, drawn three and lost four and sit 17th in the table with Blues in 19th.

IN THE DUGOUT:

Mark Robins is in his second spell in-charge at Coventry having managed there eight years ago between 2012 and 2013. He’s three years into his current stint and has enjoyed a superb spell in the Midlands, winning the EFL Trophy in his first season and promotions from League Two and League One.

Vastly experienced, Robins has been consistently managing since he took his first job at Rotherham back in 2007.

On the pitch, Robins enjoyed a successful career as a striker, playing in Spain, Denmark, England and Greece, scoring over 100 goals.

ONE TO WATCH:

Whilst his goals and assists tally is fairly modest on paper this season, former Aston Villa trainee Callum O’Hare is beginning to find a bit of form. The attacker, who’s comfortable on the wing or behind the striker, provided both of the assists for the two goals in his team's 2-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week.

He’s got two goals this season as well – scoring in games against Nottingham Forest and QPR.

Calm, composed and skilful – he’s a man Blues will have to keep a close eye on this afternoon.

PREVIOUS KNOCKINGS:

Blues edge the head-to-head over Coventry City over the years – with the two meeting for the first time all the way back in 1919 in the old second division. Blues won that one 4-1.

24 wins have gone to Blues since then, 17 to Coventry, with 17 draws as well.

In the last ten, Blues have taken four wins, Coventry three and there have been three draws.

LAST TIME OUT:

Playing in red at St. Andrew's last time around, Blues were held by Coventry to a 0-0 draw in November last year.

Lukas Jutkiewicz came arguably closest on the day, his header kept out by a combination of the crossbar and goalkeeper Marko Marosi. That was the third draw between the two sides in 2020, with an FA Cup replay also being drawn 2-2 as well (aet).

DID YOU KNOW?

Coventry City was founded in 1883 by Willie Stanley, an employee of local cycle firm Singers.

The club as a result was known as Singers FC until 1898 when the name was changed to Coventry City.

Early matches were played at Dowells Field, off Binley Road until a move to Stoke Road in 1887 before the move to the Highfield Road site in 1899. The period of 1887 to 1892 was a golden one for the club with the Birmingham Junior Cup being won in consecutive years, 1891 and 1892.

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