Wolverhampton Wanderers host local-rivals Coventry City on Saturday in a highly anticipated League One clash. The last time the sides met was back in 2009 when Wolves were crowned champions. The Sky Blues won that day and statistically have the bragging rights over Wolverhampton winning 17 of 29 games at home and have earned 17 positive results at Molineux in 30 meetings.
However, the league form this season favours Wolverhampton who have picked up 12 points from their last five league games compared to Coventry’s nine points. Coventry will prove to be just as tough as Walsall who Wolves have struggled against twice at Molineux this season already. Despite all the turmoil at Coventry they have produced some emphatic displays this season and are the league’s second top scorers only being topped by surprise package Leyton Orient.
There is one key difference between the sides which bodes well for Wolves and that’s the defences. The Sky Blues have conceded 20 times in just eleven games compared to Wolves who have only let six past them. This is the best in the division and Wolves have not conceded in the first half so far this campaign.
Kenny Jackett has confirmed that Matt Doherty and Sam Ricketts have been in training and Bakary Sako could feature on Saturday. Cyrus Christie came through the academy at Coventry and has been one of the club’s most consistent performers over the last few seasons but will unfortunately miss this Saturdays clash with Wolves. Many championship clubs have been watching closely over the 21-year-old who was subject to several bids from Huddersfield Town not too long ago.
Ones to watch
Coventry currently have the best strike pairing in the division in Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson who collectively have scored 18 goals in just 11 league games this campaign. The ex-Wolves striker claims it’s the best striking partnership he has ever had and believes that the goals will continue to come. One thing is for sure, nothing would give the Wolverhampton lad more pleasure than scoring at Molineux.
Leigh Griffiths is the new number nine at Molineux and has thrived off the support this season. It has taken time to see Griffiths in a Wolves shirt and with a return of seven goals in just eleven games many wonder why he wasn’t recalled last season. That is all history now as Jackett continues to change the atmosphere that has hung over Molineux for two seasons now. The Scottish international has netted three in his last two league games and will be targeting Coventry’s leaky defence come 3pm Saturday.
It stands a chance that this could well be Wolves’ biggest attendance this season with well over 3,000 Coventry fans expected to make the trip. The gate could easily be over 22,000 and will make for a fantastic atmosphere in the derby.
08/09 Feb 07 Coventry 2-1 Wolves
Oct 18 Wolves 2-1 Coventry
07/08 Apr 26 Coventry 1-1 Wolves
Oct 06 Wolves 1-0 Coventry
06/07 Mar 13 Coventry 2-1 Wolves
Oct 17 Wolves 1-0 Coventry