Sheffield United currently sit fifth in the Championship table, but Coventry City can move within three points of the Blades if they beat them at home this weekend.
The Coventry Building Society Arena has been one of the most difficult grounds for visiting teams to score at this season and with only 16 conceded in 18 home league matches, an average of 0.89 per game puts Coventry City’s defence among the best in the division on home turf at least.
Sheffield United have also failed to score in their last three games against Coventry when meeting in the second tier and if the hosts are to win this one, many have been backing them to win it to nil after BoyleSports boosted the price from 11/4 to 4/1.
With 12 goals to his name this season, Viktor Gyokeres leads the way for the Sky Blues in the scoring charts and if he manages to find the net at anytime on Saturday (13/8), home fans can be confident of all three points if the trends are anything to go by.
Eleven of the last 13 Championship matches in which he has scored have ended up in victories and the fact that Coventry have shortened slightly into 15/8 from 2/1 for the win suggests they are a popular choice on the coupons this weekend.
Gyokeres shares the favourite’s tag in the first goalscorer betting with opposite number Billy Sharp at 5/1, although plenty are backing the correct score at half-time to be 0-0 at 6/4 and they may have spotted that bet has landed in each of Sheffield United last four away trips.
4/1 is available on Coventry to win and both teams to score and it’s interesting to remember that even if the Blades strike first it doesn’t necessarily spell disaster, as the 14 points Mark Robin’s men have acquired from losing positions at home this season is the highest in the Championship.
15/8 Coventry City
8/5 Sheffield United
Coventry to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1: Was 2/1…NOW 3/1
Coventry to win by exactly 1 goal: Was 11/4…NOW 10/3
Coventry to win to nil: Was 11/4…NOW 4/1
Coventry to win both halves: Was 7/1…NOW 11/1
*Prices correct at time of publication
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