This will be something of a promotion party for Norwich, who are returning to Carrow Road after clinching promotion to the Premiership last Monday. It’s sure to be a fantastic atmosphere in Norfolk and with that, Coventry may have an easier chance to end the season on a high.
It’s hard to believe that it was less than two years ago when Norwich were thrashed 7-1 at home to Colchester in their first game back in League One. Following that result, the Canaries immediately went and appointed then-Colchester boss Paul Lambert and as the saying goes, they have not looked back. Lambert has worked miracles and while many teams in the Championship prosper due to large financial backing, Norwich have worked on something of a budget which makes their success even more incredible. In Lambert they seemingly have one of the most talented managers in the division and after netting back-to-back promotions, it’s going to be interesting to see how he adapts to life in the Premier League. The main reason behind their success is their form over recent months which hasn’t seen them lose a game since the start of February. What’s more, they have showed no signs of nerves in recent weeks, having recorded four straight victories.
Coventry meanwhile have endured something of a disappointing season although their supporters will be hopeful of more success next term, with new manager Andy Thorn preparing for his first full campaign in football management. Some would say that Thorn’s recent appointment is a risk but after masterminding so many good results during his spell as caretaker, the Sky Blues’ board certainly can’t be criticised for this decision. Since taking the reins, Thorn has just suffered the one loss and following victories over the likes of Watford, Portsmouth and Millwall, the Ricoh Arena outfit are most definitely finishing the campaign strongly.
Norwich head into this game with just the one concern as Zak Whitbread continues to struggle with a hip problem. The former Millwall man played through the pain barrier on Monday’s game against Portsmouth but now that the Canaries have wrapped up promotion, Paul Lambert may opt not to risk him. Coventry are in a similar boat with just the one issue, as Kieren Westwood struggles with a shoulder injury. Should Westwood not pull through, the Sky Blues will turn to Michael Quirke to step in.
In terms of a prediction, we’re going to tip a draw. Norwich will still be celebrating although with Paul Lambert being every bit the professional, we know they won’t simply cave in. Coventry have proved extremely tough to beat under new manager Andy Thorn and with that, we’ll tip a 1-1 draw here.