The attention of fans may not be on the pitch for this match, but the protests that surround it. Much like the reverse fixture in October, fans of the Addicks and Sky Blues are joining forces to protest against their respected owners.
Back to the football, anything less than a win for Coventry will relegate them. Even three points may not be enough for Mark Robins’ men to avoid going down on Friday, depending on how other results go. Charlton on the other hand have reached the illustrious 50 point mark but will be looking for a victory to put it beyond doubt.
The teams faced each other at the Valley in mid-October in a very one sided affair. The home team rode out 3-0 victors thanks to goals from Ricky Holmes, Ademola Lookman and Josh Magennis. The game however was overshadowed by the various protests by fans against Roland Dutchatlet and SISU Capital. Supporters marched to the game together and at kick off threw thousands of pigs onto the pitch, resulting in a seven minute delay.
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Coventry fended off expected relegation with a 1-0 victory at home to Peterborough United thanks to Ruben Lameiras’ second half finish. A defeat would have meant the drop for certain so Lee Burge’s penalty save close to half time was crucial for the Sky Blues. Now they sit eleven points adrift of safety with just twelve available, meaning it will take a minor miracle for them to be playing League One football next season.
Charlton however claimed a fairly surprising 2-1 win at home to play off candidates Southend United, with Adam Thompson’s seventy-fourth minute own goal being the difference. This has meant that they’re practically safe but a win against City would make certain of it.
Other than the medial ligament damage to Andy Rose, Coventry have no long term injuries keeping them out of the fixture. Kwame Thomas, Ben Stevenson and Jordan Willis have various ongoing niggles which may mean they are out of contention but it will be touch and go up until kick off.
Former Coventry defender Lewis Page is the only Addick to be confirmed as out at the time of writing so he won’t be able to return to the Ricoh Arena. Apart from this there are no suspensions, as well as Charlton having a clean bill of health. Lee Novak and Tony Watt missed out last week with slight knocks but should be able to make a return.
Coventry City (4-4-2) Burge – Foley, Willis, Turnbull, Haynes – G Thomas, Bigirimana, Stevenson, Reid – Beavon, Lameiras.
Charlton Athletc (4-4-2) Rudd – Chicksen, Pearce, Bauer, Solly – Kansa, Aribo, Holmes, Forster-Caskey – Magennis, Watt.
Despite being bottom of the league, Coventry have excelled under Mark Robins, winning four out of their last five fixtures. Charlton’s form however has been more sketchy, for this reason I can see the home side coming out as 2-1 victors.