Northampton Town vs. Coventry City FC: Preview

Coventry City FC travel to Northampton Town in desperate need of three points. The Sky Blues currently sit bottom of Sky Bet League One, seven points from safety, and haven’t won a league game since the 1st November.

 

However, Coventry actually go into the game in better form than Northampton, having taken two points from their last five games, compared to Northampton’s zero. Northampton’s poor run of one win in their last seven game has seen them slip down the table to 18th. For them, a loss would drag them right into a relegation battle, as they currently sit only four points above the relegation zone.

 

 

Coventry come into the game fresh off beating Swansea U21’s in the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties. The win came after a penalty shootout, and means that Coventry advance to the semi-finals of the competition, meaning that they are only one win away from Wembley. The win in midweek was seen as a huge lift for Coventry, and manager Russell Slade will hope that they can build on it and get a result at the Sixfields Stadium. Another positive from the win at Swansea was the praise that the Coventry fans got from Swansea, for travelling up in midweek.

 


 

It is even more crucial that Coventry take something from this game. With the other teams in the relegation zone, Oldham, Chesterfield and Bury facing ties against Bradford, Millwall and Walsall respectively, Coventry face off against the team that is lowest in the table. Although even if they win, they will remain bottom of the league, they can bring themselves closer to the teams above them. After not winning in the league for two months, an away win would no doubt boost morale. The Sky Blues should also take heart from the fact that they are yet to lose against Northampton this season, having drawn 1-1 in the reverse league fixture, and beating them 3-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy back in October.

The Northampton game may also be the last time we see young midfielder Ben Stevenson in a Sky Blues shirt. The young midfielder has been subject of bids from Brentford, who are looking to replace West Ham bound Scott Hogan. Stevenson has been crucial for Coventry this season, and they will no doubt need him to be on top form, if they are to get anything from this game.

Vikash Patel

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