Coventry vs. Southampton
Former lower league scout Bertie Chapman previews Saturday's action.
Coventry City sit 13th in the Championship and I can see them staying in roughly that position for the rest of the season. Chris Coleman has a squad good enough to compete at this level but not to excel. Up front they have Clinton Morrison and Freddy Eastwood and two more solid pros you will not find. Unfortunately, both come with the tag line “good player if only he scored a few more goals”. They have only managed four goals between them in all competitions this term and Morrison is yet to find the net in a league fixture.
Luckily for the Sky Blues they are solid at the back only conceding 9 league goals so far with just 3 against at the Ricoh Arena.
Coventry will be expecting a decent crowd for Saints visit on Saturday as they are admitting children for just £1 and, club chairman Ray Ranson should be applauded for his initiative which I hope more chairman will follow in an attempt to attract young fans to clubs outside the Premiership.
I am really pleased to see Southampton climbing away from the bottom of the table, Jan Poortvliet wants to play football the right way and, win or lose his young side are going to stick to his principles of “total football”. Two wins on the bounce have seen them move up to 16th and although those wins came against lowly Norwich and Doncaster both were achieved with clean sheets which will be a real confidence booster to a defence which has looked vulnerable in the past few weeks.
In Adam Lallana the Saints have one of the brightest English talents outside the top flight and much of Southampton’s season may depend on the club staving off Premiership interest come January.
I can see Southampton’s improved form continuing this weekend although whether they will be quite good enough to force a win is debateable.
Lay Coventry LOST
To link to this article please use the following: