Fourth-placed Coventry City play fifth-placed Portsmouth this week in a clash that will severely boost (or dent) one side’s automatic promotion aspirations.
One point separates the two sides, both on 28 matches with sufficient games in hand to go top should they win those additional games. It’s a critical clash in which in-form Portsmouth hope to get back to the heights they enjoyed last season, whilst the Sky Blues are looking to return to the Championship after their spell in the doldrums.
Mark Robins’ side have been handed a boost ahead of the fixture, with Coventry Live reporting injury worries for Pompey, who beat Tranmere Rovers 2-0 this weekend. Ryan Williams and Sean Raggett grabbed the vital goals, but Kenny Jackett will have to shuffle his pack for the clash with Coventry.
23-year-old midfielder Andy Cannon, with 14 outings to his name this season, is likely to miss out according to Jackett.
“He has a problem with his glute, it’s not too bad, we hope either Tuesday or Saturday he will be back,” Jackett said. “Andy’s had a scan to make sure there is no damage in there, he came off with it against Sunderland.
“I know he didn’t want to come off, at the same time he was clutching the top of his hamstring, which kept him out this week.”
Portsmouth have won nine successive matches and are unbeaten in 2020. The Sky Blues are also unbeaten this year but have won fewer with seven victories from 12.
This is a boost to Coventry, but only a minor one. Portsmouth have a strong squad, oozing depth and ability and Cannon can be replaced. He’s played 14 times this season, but missed the weekend win at Prenton Park.
Cameron McGeehan will likely get a start in midfield, a player of equal ability and perhaps even better experience. It promises to be a great encounter for the neutral, that’s for sure.