League football resumes after the international break as Watford head to the Ricoh Arena to take on struggling Coventry City.
Having parted company with former ‘Orn Aidy Boothroyd recently, chairman Ray Ranson stepped down earlier in the week amid speculation of administration which was staved off in the short-term. Much like Watford, a takeover is needed in Warwickshire.
Martin Taylor on promotion
‘We need to have belief and everyone is of a similar ilk within the squad.
‘Looking at the games we have left, if we win a good proportion of our matches then we have a great opportunity at being in the shake-up come the end of the season.’
Source: Official Site
Coventry City Team News:
Skipper Richard Wood is out with a groin problem. Experienced midfielder Lee Carsley is also out having had more surgery.
Centre-back Ben Turner has knee ligament damage and midfielder Carl Baker went over on his ankle in training rendering himself a ‘serious doubt’ for the game.
Line-up Vs PNE: Westwood; Clarke, Keogh, Wood, Hussey; Baker, Gunnarsson, Clingan, McSheffrey; Eastwood and Jutkiewicz.
Player to watch: Sammy Clingnan
The former Nottingham Forest, Norwich and and Wolves midfielder is capable of producing screamers on demand as has previously cracked one in from distance against the ‘Orns in 2009.
A Northern Irish cap, Clingnan’s hard work and determination are key to Coventry staying out the relegation scrap.
Watford Team News:
Defender Aidy Mariappa is suspended and therefore will miss his first game in a long time, ending a run of 114 consecutive starts.
Dale Bennett should replace Mariappa at centre-back whilst Lloyd Doyley could be fit to replace Adam Thompson who was poor at Middlesbrough.
Stephen McGinn is the only long-term injury.
Likely line-up: Loach; Hodson, Bennett, Taylor, Doyley; Deeney, Cowie, Eustace (c), Jenkins, Buckley; Graham.
Player to watch: Danny Graham
Who else? The forward has been in the form of his life and having smashed the 20-goal barrier in the league SuperDan will be looking to break the 30 mark now.
Match Facts & Stats
Coventry Home Form: Lost Vs. Swansea, Lost Vs. Bristol and Lost Vs. Hull
Head2Head: Coventry City 2-3 Watford(08/09), Watford 2-3 Coventry, Coventry 0-4 Watford(09/10) and Watford 2-2 Coventry(10/11)
Watford Away Form: Drew @ Swansea, Won @ Ipswich and Lost @ Middlesbrough
Referee: Mr C BOYESON
Assistants: Mr S Cook & Mr J Farries
Fourth Official: Mr N Hobbis
Watford win: Coventry are on a dreadful run, without a manager and the general mood at the Ricoh is poor. Malky Mackay’s army to pile on more misery.
Coventry 13/8 (Bet365)
raw 12/5 (SKYBET)
atford 15/8 (Victor Chandler)