Our prediction for this Championship match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 3-1 win over league leaders Fulham, Coventry City will look to keep their playoffs hopes alive when they take on Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s Stadium. The Sky Blues impressed in their last league match, and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Birmingham. Kyle McFadzean is a major doubt, while both Jake Clarke-Salte and Matt Godden are ruled out with injuries.
Jodi Jones and Liam Kelly miss out as well for the visiting side. The hosts, on the other hand, are 16 points clear of bottom three, meaning that they have little to play for in Friday’s showdown. Coventry City want this win more than Birmingham City, and we predict that the visitors are going to prove their worth on the field. As for the home side, Neil Etheridge has joined the likes of Matija Sarkic, George Friend, Adan George, and Teden Mengi in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (George Friend):
George Friend has played for no less than nine English clubs so far in his career. Friend made his first-team debut for non-League club Exeter City on April 17, 2006 in a goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers and he stayed at St James Park until 2008. After ending his loan spells with Tiverton Town and Team Bath he joined Wolverhampton, but he made no more than seven appearances for the Wolves in the league.
The 188-cm-tall left-back, who is capable of playing as a centre-back as well, played for the likes of Millwall, Southend, Scunthorpe United and Exeter City on loan during his spell with Wolverhampton and at the end of the 2009/2010 season he signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers. Friend made his Doncaster debut on August 7, 2010 in a 2-0 win over Preston and after three years at the club he was sold to Middlesbrough for a fee of £100,000.
The left-footed defender has been playing for Boro ever since and you should know that he made 24 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.
Highlighted Team (Coventry):
Nicknamed the Sky Blues, Coventry City are an English football club that compete in the League One. Coventry City, who were founded on August 13, 1883 as Singers FC, wear sky blue kit when playing on home soil, whilst their away colour is white.
Aston Villa and Leicester City are considered the club’s main rivals, but they have rivalry with fellow West Midlands clubs Wallsall and Burton Albion as well. Coventry City have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the FA Cup in the 1986/1987 season, with the team beat Charlton Athletic in the two-legged final. They share stadium with Birmingham City, with both clubs playing their home games at St. Andrew’s Stadium.
Built in December, 1906, St. Andrew’s Stadium can hold up to 29,409 spectators. Dion Dublin is one of the most famous Coventry City players, with the legendary centre-forward scoring 61 goals in 145 appearances for the club in the league.