FOOTBALL - Coventry City vs Huddersfield Town Preview - The Coventry Observer

20th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Coventry City vs Huddersfield Town Preview

COVENTRY CITY play their final home game of the season this weekend when they entertain promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town.

The Sky Blues’ play-off hopes are now all but over after they were held to a goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

Their opponents Huddersfield currently sit fourth and have already secured their place in the play-offs whilst having an outside shot of achieving automatic promotion.

 

FORM

City are now six points outside of the play-off places with just two matches left to play which means only a win will keep their slim chances of a top-six finish alive.

The Sky Blues played out a stalemate with West Brom last weekend as Ben Wilson saved an injury-time penalty to secure a point.

Town have lost just two of their last 24 league matches and are currently on a five-game unbeaten run having guaranteed a top-six finish with a win against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley last time out.

Huddersfield have been one of the league’s surprise packages this season and are just three points behind Bournemouth in second place albeit having played one game more.

 

TEAM NEWS

The Sky Blues are without Fankaty Dabo who has a muscle injury and Matty Godden who will likely miss the rest of the season with a calf problem.

Huddersfield could be without Levi Colwill (hip), Matty Pearson (knee), Alex Vallejo (knee), Sorba Thomas (knee) and Danny Ward (hamstring).

 

KEY PLAYERS

Coventry – Callum O’Hare – The midfielder has enjoyed a fruitful end to the campaign with goals against both Fulham and Birmingham recently.

O’Hare will now hope to halt a two-game run without a goal contribution against the Terriers and his tireless energy will be necessary to unsettle a tough Huddersfield defence.

Huddersfield – Harry Toffolo – The defender has been in stunning form of late with three goals in his last five appearances including the winner against Barnsley in their last fixture.

Toffolo assisted Huddersfield’s goal in the reverse fixture earlier this season which is one of seven goals he has set up this campaign.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The two teams last met in the league in December when City rescued a point in injury time courtesy of Godden’s equaliser after Danny Ward put the Terriers ahead.

Coventry’s last home win against Huddersfield came back in November 1971 as City secured a 2-1 win with the last three meetings between the two teams all ending in draws.

City have a worse overall head-to-head record against Huddersfield having won five, drawn five and lost eight games across 18 meetings.

 

PREDICTION

Coventry 1-0 Huddersfield – Recent history would point to a draw in this fixture but the Sky Blues will be keen to put on a show in their final home outing of the season.

Coventry’s clash with Huddersfield takes place on Saturday, April 30 with kick-off at 3pm at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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