Saturday 7 September: 3pm KO

Both of these clubs have had their fair share of off-the-field problems in recent years. All of which makes it difficult to keep things going on the pitch. This season has seen both Coventry City and Blackpool make a good start to the season giving their fans hope of climbing back into the Championship. Coventry are fourth in League One and only behind their third-placed opponents on goal difference.

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Between 1967 and 2001, Coventry City were ever-present in the top-flight of English football before finally being relegated. They haven’t returned to the Premier League since and by 2017 found themselves playing in League Two. Off the field there have been problems galore, mainly to do with their ground. At one stage they were playing home league games in Northampton and again recently had fears of not being able to play at the Ricoh Stadium.

On the field though the situation has improved. They won the EFL Trophy at Wembley two years ago and last year returned to win the League Two play-off final. The 2018/19 season saw them finish eighth in League One, eight points behind the final play-off position.

That could well happen as they have made a good start to the new season. Six games have produced 12 points and they are yet to lose in the league this season. Coventry can be backed at 5/1 (6.0) at Betfair to win promotion to the Championship this season.

Their first three league games saw them earn seven points and keep three clean sheets. That all changed in their next game as they drew 3-3 at Portsmouth. They led 1-0 but with a quarter of an hour to go were 3-1 down. By the 86th minute they were level and rescued their unbeaten league record.

A 1-0 home win over Gillingham followed but then it was time for another 3-3 draw. This time it was away at Oxford United and they will be kicking themselves they didn’t get all three points. They led 2-0 before being pegged back and then took a 91st minute lead, only for a 94th minute Dabo own goal to see them have to settle for another 3-3 draw. The odds on a third 3-3 draw of the league season are 70/1 (71.0) at Ladbrokes.

Coventry are unbeaten in their last six home league games. If you think they can make it seven and win their fourth home league game in a row, Paddy Power will give you odds of 6/5 (2.2)

Blackpool have also had their own off-the-field problems. Fans were relieved when their long campaign against the Oyston family resulted in a new owner buying the club during the summer. Now they hope the Oyston era is over, they can get back into the Championship. There are odds of 5/1 (6.0) at SkyBet on them winning promotion this term.

They were relegated from the second-flight at the end of the 2014/15 season. The following season saw them slip down into League Two but only spent one season there. Last term saw them finish tenth in the table but they start this game in third position.

Like Coventry, they have won three and drawn three league games this season. Their first three league matches all ended in wins for Blackpool. Since then they have drawn three games in a row but had to fight to keep their unbeaten record. They were 2-0 down at Gillingham and went a goal behind at home to Portsmouth. You can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) at William Hill to draw this match. However, if you think they can get back in winning ways, it’s 5/2 (3.5) at Unibet on them winning against Coventry.

Head-to-Head

Coventry City have only won one of their last eight games against Blackpool. Last season saw Blackpool do the double over them with both games ending 2-0. The last four matches against Blackpool have all had under 2.5 goals scored in them. The odds on that stat coming up on Saturday are 4/6 (1.66) at Betfred.

Team News

The home side may include Liam Walsh who was signed on loan from Bristol City this week.

Prediction

Both sides have made a good start to the season, though Blackpool have gone three without a win. A home win with under 2.5 goals has odds of 16/5 (4.2) at Betway.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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