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PREVIEW: Sky Blues vs West Brom U21s

We preview tonight's final Checkatrade Trophy Group E fixture.

7 November 2017

The Sky Blues face West Bromwich Albion under-21s tonight at the Ricoh Arena in the final clash of the Checkatrade Trophy Group E.

Mark Robins side currently sit third in the group, behind Walsall and Shrewsbury Town, who in action against each other tonight.

There are several scenarios that could see Coventry qualify from the group tonight, with the most simplest of them all being, if City win and Walsall lost to Shrewsbury, then we will qualify.

James Shan’s West Bromwich Albion have struggled so far this season and currently sit bottom of Group E and bottom of the Premier League Division 2.

The Baggies are without a win in this competition, since they entered last season with the other academy sides, as they have played five and lost all five so far.

Coventry will be hoping for a favour from Shrewsbury tonight, as they look to try and secure a place in the knockout stage of the competition.

The Opponents:

West Brom’s one to watch tonight will be summer signing, Oliver Burke as he looks set to take his place in the starting eleven.

Burke joined the Baggies from German side, Red Bull Leipzig in August for a reported fee of £15 million, breaking his own record as the most expensive Scottish footballer.

The Scot has found it difficult to nail down a first team place so far this season, having made just two appearances for the first team, injuries have restricted the winger to featuring more often and he has found himself with the under-21s this season.

West Brom have struggled scoring goals this season, scoring nine in nine Premier League 2 games and just one in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Form Last Six:

Sky Blues: Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 2

Baggies: Won 0, Drawn 1, Lost 5

How Sky Blues Can Qualify:

Coventry Win/Walsall Lose: If the Sky Blues win and Walsall lose to Shrewsbury Town, then Mark Robins side will qualify for the knockout stages.

Coventry Win/Walsall Draw: If Walsall were to draw tonight and Coventry were to win, then City will need the following to happen.

1)      If Walsall vs Shrewsbury is a goaless draw and Shrewsbury win the penalty shoot-out, then Coventry will need to win by a three goal margin.

2)      If Walsall vs Shrewsbury is a score draw and Shrewsbury win the penalty shoot-out, then Coventry will need to win and score three more goals than Walsall do tonight.

Coventry Draw/Walsall Lose: If Coventry were to draw tonight, then they would need to win the penalty shoot-out and Walsall would need to lose and then the Sky Blues would need the following to happen.

1)      If Coventry draw 0-0 against West Brom U21s and win the penalty shoot-out, then Shrewsbury would need to beat Walsall by four goals.

2)      If Coventry are in a score draw against West Brom U21s and win the penalty shoot-out, then Shrewsbury would need to beat Walsall by three goals.


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