Coventry v Fleetwood Betting Tips: Visitors fancied at Ricoh Arena

Jan 19 2017

This match is between two clubs going in two different directions in League One as bottom of the table Coventry City host high-flying Fleetwood Town at The Ricoh Arena.

Coventry did have a good run of three wins in four matches back in late October and early November which made it look like the turmoil on the pitch may be ending. However, since then they have only taken two points from a possible 30 which means the Sky Blues sit at the foot of League One, four points adrift of safety.

Goals had been the biggest problem for Coventry prior to Russell Slade’s arrival but, since the former Leyton Orient manager came to the club, they have found the back of the net seven times in their last five matches. However, the Sky Blues are still the second lowest scorers in League One having scored just 23 goals in 26 games.

Defensively, Coventry have not been terrible with their record of 38 conceded rivaling some of the teams in the top half of the table and even bettering eighth place Millwall’s record by one goal. However, they have not kept a clean sheet since 1st November.

Home form has actually been decent considering Coventry are bottom of the league and they have only lost one of their last four matches at the Ricoh Arena in all competitions, winning two of them. However, in the league, it is a different story with no wins since 1st November and three defeats in their last four with no clean sheets.

Fleetwood’s 13 match unbeaten run came to an end against Championship side Bristol City in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. However, the fact they now are without the distraction of the cup means their they can refocus on the league in which they are currently nine unbeaten, putting them inside the coveted play-off places by one point.

Defensive solidity has been the foundation of Uwe Rosler’s side’s success having kept three clean sheets in their last four league matches, whilst they also did well to limit a higher division side to just the one goal in their midweek FA Cup replay.

The Trawlermen’s attack has not been fantastic with their record 39 goals scored not being much better than several teams in mid-table. Having said that, it is still the second best of the four teams currently involved in the play-off skirmish.

Uwe Rosler’s men’s overall form on their travels reads as a succession of draws (four in the last five). However, this is a marked improvement on the 11 away games before that run of draws which saw Fleetwood yield just eight from a possible 33 points.

The bookmakers have made Fleetwood Town the favourites here, but are still offering a very decent price at with a 7/4 – something that I find quite surprising. With Coventry in turmoil both on and off the pitch right now, the Trawlermen have an excellent run to further enhance their promotion claims and are expected to return to winning ways.

This weekend’s League Two tips can be found here.

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