“Not A Walkover In Any Sense Of The Word” – Coventry City Vs Sheffield Wednesday Preview

The game between Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday could be one of the games of the weekend based on recent league form. The Real EFL writers offer their view on a crucial matchup in both teams’ respective seasons.

Coventry come into this as favourites given their recent form. Mark Robins’ side have really seemed to click in the last few weeks and they now seem to be playing at the same level as to that of their run to the Play-Off Final last season.

With impressive 3-1 wins against both Middlesbrough and Championship leaders Leicester City in recent weeks, as well as a 6-2 trouncing of Oxford United in the FA Cup it comes as no surprise to see the Sky Blues as favourites for the clash.

However it is no easy task travelling to Hillsborough, especially given the recent turnaround in form that Sheffield Wednesday have seen. Having at one point in December been 12 points off of safety, the Owls find themselves just four points away from 21st.

When the two sides met on Boxing Day, Coventry ran out as 2-0 winners, yet the game was firmly in the balance until Tatsuhiro Sakamato added the second in the 89th minute. It was a rather tight affair, and one filled with fireworks with both teams receiving a late red card. With the return fixture at home for Sheffield Wednesday, we may see the Owls put up even more of a fight.

Here are three predictions for the Championship clash from our writers…

Ivan Newsome

“Looking at the league table, this may very much seem like a one-sided affair. Although that is the likeliest scenario, this is not a walkover for Coventry in any sense of the word, with Sheffield Wednesday undergoing a bit of a revival in recent weeks.

The Owls have won two of their last three and are in fact the form team in the bottom seven. Now sat just four points from safety, they’ll be looking at climbing out of the relegation zone in the coming weeks, and any sort of points on Saturday would be a huge boost. However Coventry travel to Hillsborough in excellent form, gaining 13 points from their last possible 15, a record that only Southampton can match.

Mark Robins’ side should prove a bit too much for Danny Rohl’s men, but it may be a closer scoreline than you’d think.”

Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Coventry

Gary Hutchinson

“Sheffield Wednesday are the Championship story of the season as far as I’m concerned. They looked utterly doomed in the autumn, but what a job Danny Rohl has done in turning them around. Let’s be honest, they’ve no business at the lower end of this division, they’re a huge club that deserves Premier League football.

They still need points to get out of the bottom three, and they’re not going to find them easy to come by at Coventry. Mark Robins deserves a knighthood for the work he’s done with the Sky Blues, and to see him manage them in all four divisions would underline how good the team he’s built there is. Remember, he worked through really tough times, playing away from their home ground. Nobody should undervalue that.

These are two likeable teams, both needing points for different reasons. I think we’re going to get an entertaining draw.”

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Coventry

 

“Typically, when previewing a game between a side in the top six and a team in the relegation zone, it ends in a natural conclusion. However, Danny Röhl has got this Wednesday side performing exactly how he wants them. Picking up five wins out of their last 9 is an impressive record for a side who at one point looked destined for League One.

Coventry have also been in sensational form, with their only loss in the last 12 league matches coming against high flyers Ipswich Town. Their ability in front of goal has been what has set them apart. I think however that Sheffield Wednesday may overcome the playoff hopefuls here, in what could be the upset of the championship weekend.”

Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Coventry

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