Coventry City v Sunderland AFC: Preview

Sunderland head down to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday afternoon.

After bouncing back emphatically against Rochdale last week, Jack Ross’ side will be undoubtedly up for the trip to the West Midlands. They face a Coventry side which hasn’t exactly set the world alight on their return to the third tier.

Sunderland will most likely line-up the same as the win against Rochdale, other than one possible exception. Max Power will be eligible for selection after his three match ban and he will come straight back into the midfield. The man to lose his place will be Dylan McGeouch, not that the Scotsman has played badly but Power has been the much better player so far this campaign.

There were some suggestion of Sunderland possibly playing two up top, however the preferred formation will be that which secured the fine result last weekend. Three midfielders in behind Josh Maja has proved effective so far this season and if Lyndon Gooch and Chris Maguire continue their fine form out wide then the Sky Blues will be in for a tough afternoon.

Sunderland likely line-up:

McLaughlin

Flanagan Baldwin Loovens Hume

Power Cattermole

Gooch Honeyman Maguire

Maja

Jack Ross looks to have found his first choice back four. Tom Flanagan may have had to wait for his debut, but he’s shone since coming into the side. if injuries and suspensions are kept to a minimum then Sunderland will become one of the more stubborn sides in the division.

As mentioned earlier, Coventry have had a slow start to the season. Three wins from their nine matches so far has helped them to 13th position heading into this weekends match. They have showed improvement in recent weeks, last time out at the Ricoh they turned over high flying Barnsley. The goals for the Sky Blues have been in short supply so far this season, the seven league goals being spread between six players. They most likely won’t add too many to this total this weekend.

There’ll be 5000 away fans in the Ricoh on Saturday afternoon as the feel-good factor at Sunderland rolls on. The depth of their squad means that they shouldn’t fear anyone in the division and so far, this is exactly what they’ve done. Coventry City’s steadily improving form means that they too will have confidence, but ultimately the Black Cats should comfortably come out on top.

Prediction:

Coventry City 1-3 Sunderland AFC

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