Coventry travel to Pride Park on Saturday to face Derby County as one of two 12:30 kick-offs happening in The Championship. With the game being televised on Sky and the fixture being a hugely important match in both of these teams’ campaigns I have pieced together my top 3 bet builder tips along with a pre-match cheat sheet and predicted lineups to help anyone looking to place a bet on this game.
With the end of the season rapidly approaching and the drop looking like more of a certainty than a possibility for Derby County. Wayne Rooney’s men will need to continue their impressive form at Pride Park this season, where they have lost just 3 games, if they’re to stand any chance of avoiding a stint in League 1 next year. Despite being one of the most impressive outfits in the Championship at times this season and at points looking as though they would succeed in their efforts to survive, despite their 21 points deduction, it appears the campaign will finish in somewhat of a whimper after a run of 5 defeats in their last 6 matches.
At this current stage, Coventry are just one point of last year’s total with 9 games remaining, an improvement that should not go unrecognised. However, their season would feel like a disappointment for many of their fans if they’re unable to make a push for the playoffs having spent much of the season looking towards the top flight in a potential promotion push.
Down in 11th position after losing three of their last four league matches. Coventry looks like falling short in their bid to secure a top-six position at the end of the campaign. However, with just 5 points separating them and 6th place Queens Park Rangers the Sky Blue’s remain the dark horses to secure the final playoff place and a win on Saturday is crucial.
Coventry to Win
Derby have struggled in recent weeks losing 5 of their last 6 games in the Championship and failing to score in 3 of those matches. This is a concerning trend for Rams fans as the head-to-head favours Coventry, in the last 4 meetings between these sides Coventry have won twice with the other two ending in draws. Coventry most recently got the better of this opponent back in January when the two sides met in the FA Cup, as they won comfortably in a 1-0 victory at home.
Coventry have been inconsistent recently winning 3 of their last 7. However, in that period they have shown sparks of real quality. For example, in their game against Sheffield United last weekend where they won 4-1 in a commanding performance that saw them take 27 shots with 14 finding the target. Winning very comfortably despite conceding first in the 16th minute.
If they can bring some of that quality to Pride Park they should have no problems securing victory over a side that has struggled recently and looks set for a spell in the third tier. Coventry to win is priced as the favourite at 2.3 on Paddy Power and looks like a strong selection if Coventry can perform to their best abilities on Saturday.
Coventry Over 3.5 Corners
Away from home Coventry average the most corners in the league taking an average of 5.94 per game. In their last match against Hull, they took a total of 12 corners, if they take a fraction of those on Saturday this selection will land. Something that is likely as they face a team that has conceded 181 corners in 38 games at an average of 4.76 per 90. This selection has landed in 4 of Coventry’s last 5 games and clearly, the statistics would seem to suggest there is a strong possibility of that trend continuing on Saturday.
Equally, in Derby’s last 5 games their opposition has taken at least 4 corners in 4 of those matches. With teams like Bournemouth and Luton taking 7 and Blackburn taking 9. There is obviously the potential that the trend could be broken in this game with Coventry taking less than 4 corners but statistically, this seems to be a selection with a very strong possibility of landing especially if they control the game as we may hope they do for the first selection to be successful.
Coventry over 3.5 Corners is priced at a very reasonable 1.44 on Paddy Power and if successful will offer a nice boost to the overall odds on this bet builder.
Both Teams to Score
In all of their last 5 games, Coventry have conceded first. Despite this, the team still scored in three of those fixtures and got a result in two with a 4-1 win against Sheffield United and a 1-1 draw against Preston. In fact, Coventry have conceded in 9 of their last 10 matches in the league suggesting that despite the strong possibility of them winning on Saturday it is more than likely that Derby will find the target on at least 1 occasion.
In their 17 games away from home this year both teams have scored in 9 of them, this is already a fairly strong hit rate but if you consider that it’s often Coventry themselves failing to score that lowers this rate, for example against Cardiff when they lost 2-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium, then against weaker opposition in Derby the chances are definitely improved.
Derby have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 4 games against Coventry and kept just 1 in their last 7 in the league. This coupled with failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 6 games this season suggests that there is potential for both teams to score in this match.
Something that is clearly supported by Paddy Power as they’ve valued Both teams to score yes and no at equal odds of 1.85, suggesting they think this could go either way. This is good for us as if the selection lands we are able to take advantage of some very decent odds given the possibility of success.
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Derby County v Coventry City Predicted Line-ups
Derby predicted XI (4-2-3-1) : Allsop, Byrne, Davies, Cashin, Buchanan; Bird, Bielik; Ebosele, Morrison, Lawrence; Plange
Coventry predicted XI (3-4-1-2) : Moore, Hyam, Sheaf, Clarke-Salter; Dabo, Allen, Hamer, Maatsen; Shipley; Waghorn, Gyokeres
Derby County v Coventry City Cheat Sheet
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How to watch Derby County v Coventry City in the Premier League
📅 When is Derby County v Coventry City? / Saturday, 19th March 2022, 12:30
🏟 Where is Derby County v Coventry City? / Pride Park (Derby)
📺 What TV channel is Derby County v Coventry City on? / Sky Sports Main Event
🟨 …And who is the referee for Derby County v Coventry City? / Darren Bond 🏴