There are very few all-Championship fixtures this weekend and these two sides approach this encounter having only played each other in the league a couple of months ago. Both are certainly having contrasting seasons, with Coventry sat in 11th aiming for the playoffs while Crystal Palace are really struggling down at the bottom in 22nd.
Like many teams in the Championship, Coventry are experiencing a real rollercoaster of a season and Sky Blues supporters just don’t know what’s going to happen next. A few weeks ago some supporters even had an eye on the automatic positions after Aidy Boothroyd’s men managed to climb into the top six, but recent form means they’ve now dropped a few places and now sit behind a four point barrier from the playoffs. They certainly head into this game with little confidence having failed to win in any of their last six and desperately need any sort of win, just to bring some belief back to the Ricoh Arena. However, while they are on a poor run of form, their supporters know that they have made massive progress under Boothroyd after battling away at the bottom for the past few seasons.
Crystal Palace meanwhile are having a torrid time of it down at the bottom and they are one of many clubs who opted for a change in manager over the festive period. Having failed to make an impact having joined the club in the summer, George Burley was given his marching orders and the club are yet to appoint a successor. Caretaker manager Dougie Freedman managed to at least bring a rare victory to Selhurst Park in their first game without Burley though, with Palace edging past Preston with a 1-0 win. New signing Steffen Iverson scored the winner there and considering how prolific he has been throughout his illustrious career, Palace supporters will be hoping the Norwegian can fire them to safety.
As for team news, the Sky Blues have several problems heading into this one. Marlon King will continue to serve a suspension, while James McPake and Ben Turner are both out through injuries meaning that Aidy Boothroyd has several decisions to make. The visitors meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Darren Ambrose and Pablo Counago who are both nursing minor injuries. On a more positive note, Claude Davis is now back in contention after recovering from a hamstring problem.
In terms of a prediction, we’re going to go with an away victory here. Crystal Palace did well to net a victory in their last outing and with Coventry on such a poor run of form; we think they’re there for the taking – 2-1 Palace.