Expectations for these two clubs were contrasting at the start of the season, with Coventry tipped to struggle while Cardiff were expected to make some sort of push towards the top six. Following the opening seventeen games those predictions seem perfectly accurate, with the Sky Blues all the way down in 23rd spot while Malky Mackay’s Bluebirds are flying and find themselves in 4th.
The writing has been on the wall for Coventry ever since the summer months. Unfortunately, football is at a stage where money talks and to put it bluntly, the Sky Blues have very little of it. This has meant that fans of the Ricoh Arena outfit have seen big players leave, few reinforcements come in and critically, an inexperienced managerial appointment. Having got the job on a full time basis through the summer, Andy Thorn has really struggled to make an impact at the club and his side approach this fixture sat in a precarious 23rd position. They have collected just twelve points and that means that they are an enormous six points from safety at this early stage of the campaign. Recent form certainly isn’t on their side either, with Thorn’s men currently without a win in six. Having lost their last three games as well, it would be fair to say that confidence at the Ricoh Arena is at an all time low and Thorn must be immensely worried about keeping his position.
Cardiff meanwhile have continued to highlight that they are a serious force for the top six. After completing reshaping their squad through the summer and replacing Dave Jones, some people were not sure if the Bluebirds would be able to live up to the high standards that they have set over recent seasons. However, following an accumulation of thirty points, Malky Mackay’s men are in the thick of the promotion hunt with only four points separating them from the automatic promotion spots. It could be said that Cardiff’s form is the complete opposite to their opponents though after the club have managed to win their last three fixtures. Such victories have contributed to an unbeaten run of six games for the Bluebirds, which must put them as favourites for this Tuesday evening clash.
As for team news, there is little to report for both sides with neither manager having any fresh concerns to contend with. However, Andy Thorn may certainly decide to make changes following Coventry’s form in recent weeks, with Roy O’Donovan, David Bell and Martin Cranie all pushing for starts. Cardiff on the other hand are unlikely to make any alterations following their recent results and Malky Mackay will only have the one absentee anyway, as Rudy Gestede continues to sit on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
All of the form leading up to this game suggests that Cardiff will be easy victors. However, Andy Thorn’s position is hanging by a thread and with so much pressure mounting on his shoulders, we think their players will make a real effort. It’ll certainly be difficult against this in-form Cardiff side, but our tip is a narrow 1-0 win for the home team.