Verdict: Over 1.5 goals
Best Odds: 4/11
Looking to extend on what has been a stellar purple patch, West Brom will make the trip to Coventry on Wednesday night for a Championship showdown.
Starting with the hosts, while Coventry might once again be dealing with some public issues behind the scenes, Mark Robins’ side are enjoying a largely impressive run of form. Despite being last seen over the weekend as they suffered a stunning collapse in front of their own supporters as they eventually played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Swansea, the Sky Blues have lost just one of their previous six Championship outings – a run that stems all the way back to October 29th. With that flurry highlighted by victories against the likes of Blackburn, Watford and QPR, Coventry have also caught the eye with their rugged displays on home soil. In fact, a 2-1 loss against Blackpool at the end of October is the only defeat they have suffered in the Midlands from their previous seven showdowns. Likewise, it should also be noted, Wednesday’s hosts have seen five of their last six home fixtures finish with over 1.5 goals.
Finding the net against Swansea over the weekend and with 10 Championship goals to his name, Sweden international Viktor Gyokeres will spearhead Coventry’s charge on Wednesday night.
Still dealing with a pair of long-term injury issues, the Sky Blues will once again be without the duo of Matthew Godden and Marcel Hilssner here.
As for the visitors, while West Brom might have found themselves at the heart of a relegation scrap when opening November, the Baggies have come roaring back in some style. Continuing to shine under new boss Carlos Corberan, the former Huddersfield manager once again saw his side shine over the weekend. Eventually claiming a thumping 3-0 romp at home against Rotherham, Wednesday’s guests have now won each of their last five Championship matchups on either side of the World Cup break. Likewise, marking their return to action on December 12th as they picked up a 2-1 victory away at Sunderland, the mood in West Brom’s camp should be at a real high. Skyrocketing their way up the second-tier table and looking to find a route into the top-half, neutrals could be in for an enjoyable affair here. It should also be noted, Corberan’s men have seen six of their last eight second-tier away fixtures finish with over 1.5 goals.
Breezing their way to a 3-0 romp at home against Rotherham over the weekend, Corberan could be tempted to name the same starting XI here.
However, finding the net immediately after coming off the bench on Saturday afternoon, former West Ham starlet Grady Diangana will be hoping for a full recall in midweek.
Key Factors to Consider
- When West Brom last made the trip to Coventry 12 months ago while on Championship duties, the Baggies picked up a 2-1 victory.
- Including their 3-0 romp against Rotherham over the weekend, West Brom have won each of their last five straight Championship matchups.
- However, Coventry have lost just one of their previous six second-tier outings – a run that stems back to October 29th.
- Wednesday’s hosts have also taken 10 points from just their last four Championship appearances on home soil.
- Six of West Brom’s last eight Championship contests away from the Hawthorns have finished with over 1.5 goals.
While West Brom might be desperate to make it six Championship wins on the bounce here, the Baggies should face a tough test on the road. Although Coventry might be dealing with some rather public issues behind the scenes, they have gained a reputation for their rugged approach. Last seen over the weekend playing out that thrilling 3-3 draw at home against Swansea, Wednesday’s hosts have suffered just a single Championship defeat since the end of October. Likewise, with both sides appearing to have found a real clinical edge, it should be noted that West Brom have seen six of their previous eight away showdowns finish with over 1.5 goals.
Verdict: Over 1.5 goals
Best Odds: 4/11
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