FOOTBALL - Swansea City vs Coventry City Preview - The Coventry Observer

8th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Swansea City vs Coventry City Preview

COVENTRY CITY remain in the hunt for a play-off spot when they travel to South Wales to play Swansea City this weekend.

The Sky Blues snatched a last gasp point against Preston North End in their last outing and won on the road at Bristol City prior to that to sit 1oth in the Championship table.

Their opponents Swansea are down in 16th place having claimed an impressive win away at West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

 

FORM

The Sky Blues still lack consistency, having won three of their last five matches, and were left frustrated in their home draw with Preston.

Coventry levelled through substitute Fabio Tavares on 98 minutes after Fankaty Dabo was sent off on 86 minutes for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

The Swans are also in mixed form with three wins from their last five games, which includes heavy defeats away at Stoke City and Sheffield United.

Swansea produced a solid display at the Hawthorns earlier this week with Joel Piroe and Cyrus Christie on target in a comfortable win.

 

TEAM NEWS

The Sky Blues will be without wing-back Dabo as he serves his suspension for his dismissal against Preston.

Further forward, Matty Godden is still absent with an abdominal injury.

And captain Liam Kelly and Josh Eccles remain sidelined for several weeks with hamstring and calf injuries respectively.

Swansea look set to have a full squad available to select from after no new injury concerns arose from their victory at West Brom.

 

KEY PLAYERS

Coventry – Dom Hyam – The centre-back has popped up with crucial goals in wins against Reading and Barnsley in recent matches and has missed just one league match all season.

Hyam has arguably become the club’s senior defender this season and has won more aerial duels per game (3.8) than any other Sky Blues player this campaign.

Swansea – Jamie Paterson – The attacking midfielder opened the scoring for the Swans in their win at Coventry earlier this season and is his side’s second top scorer with eight goals this term.

And Paterson has also provided five assists, more than any of his teammates, in a prolific season for goal contributions for the Coventry-born man.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The two teams last met in the league in November when City were beaten 2-1 at the Coventry Building Society Arena with Kyle McFadzean reducing the deficit as the club’s unbeaten home run was brought to an end.

Coventry’s last away win against Swansea came back in January 1950, when the Swans were still called Swansea Town, having failed to beat the Welsh side in the last 12 league meetings dating back to October 1981.

The Sky Blues have a slightly better overall head-to-head record against Swansea having won 12, drawn nine and lost 11 games across 32 meetings.

 

PREDICTION

Swansea 1-0 Coventry – With the Sky Blues still lacking consistency on their travels, and history pointing to a Swansea win, the Sky Blues will need to be at their best to avoid defeat in South Wales.

Coventry’s clash with Swansea takes place on Saturday, March 5 with kick-off at 3pm at the Swansea.com Stadium.

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