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Oct 23, 2021 at 3pm UK
CoventryCoventry City
DerbyDerby County
Godden (20' pen.)
Maatsen (44')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Shinnie (78')
Davies (71'), Morrison (88')

Preview: Coventry City vs. Derby County - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Coventry City and Derby County, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Bottom-of-the-table Derby County travel to Coventry City in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The Rams are seven points adrift of safety due to their 12 point deduction for going into administration, while the Sky Blues are flying high in fourth.

Match preview

Derby have proved resolute in the face of adversity, losing just one of their last six matches since it was reported that they would be placed into administration.

However, the Rams must start winning games if they are to pull off a great escape as they have drawn three consecutive matches in the Championship.

Wayne Rooney said it was "a tough one to take" as his side twice led against Luton Town on Tuesday evening through Tom Lawrence and Jason Knight, but were pegged back each time to draw 2-2.

Only league leaders Bournemouth have conceded fewer goals in the Championship than Derby this season, but at the other end of the pitch the Rams are the division's second-lowest scorers.

The club's away form must also improve, as they have won just one of their last 15 league games on the road and scored only twice away from Pride Park this season.

Therefore, they will not be pleased to see that Coventry still have a perfect record on home turf in 2021-22 – winning all six of their games at the Coventry Building Society Arena, scoring 14 goals and conceding just three times.

The Sky Blues are surprise early promotion contenders and sit just three points behind the top two, but lost for only the second time in eight matches on Wednesday against Preston North End.

Tyler Walker scored for the second successive game to give Coventry a halftime lead, but the Lilywhites fought back after the break to win 2-1.

The result followed a 2-2 draw away at Blackburn Rovers last weekend; Mark Robins's side have not gone three league games without a win since the start of April.

Furthermore, the Sky Blues have not kept a clean sheet in their last four outings, having kept three in their previous four.

Coventry City Championship form:
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L

Derby County Championship form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D

Team News

Jake Clarke-Salter returned to Coventry's matchday squad in midweek after a period of self-isolation and is pushing to start on Saturday.

Top scorer Viktor Gyokeres has not found the net in his last two appearances – he has not gone three games without a goal this season.

It was somewhat surprising to see the Swede feature on Wednesday night after he suffered an ankle injury last weekend; there is a chance Martyn Waghorn will take his place for this game.

Derby will be without Sam Baldock who broke his nose against Preston last weekend and Craig Forsyth who is suffering from illness.

Baldock's absence means Tom Lawrence should continue upfront, with Colin Kazim-Richards not up to full fitness after his return from injury.

Ryan Allsop's error against Luton on Tuesday has led to some suggestions that Kelle Roos could return in goal on Saturday.

Coventry City possible starting lineup:
Moore; Hyam, McFadzean, Clarke-Salter; Dabo, Kelly, Hamer, Maatsen; O'Hare; Gyokeres, Walker

Derby County possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Buchanan; Bird, Shinnie; Knight, Morrison, Jozwiak; Lawrence

We say: Coventry City 1-0 Derby County

Considering Coventry's perfect home record and Derby's patchy away record, this game seems likely to end only one way. That said, the Rams are not easily beaten and will certainly make life difficult for the Sky Blues.

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