2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week 11 – Saturday

Coventry City welcome Fulham to Coventry Building Society Arena in a blockbuster top of table clash in Saturday’s standout Sky Bet Championship.

Victory will see Coventry climb above Fulham into third, whereas Marco Silva’s Cottagers can go top for a few hours with a win.

 

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Coventry have no fresh injury concerns to report after Wednesday’s five goal thrashing at Luton, as Josh Eccles remains their only absentee with a hip injury.

Fulham could be without Joe Bryan after the defender struggled with a back injury in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Swansea.

Kenny Tete (hamstring), Terence Kongolo, Tom Cairney (both knee) and Fabio Carvalho (toe) remain absent.

 

Stat Attack

  • Coventry are unbeaten in three of their last five league meetings against Fulham (W2, D1, L2).
  • Fulham have won just one of their last five league trips to Coventry (W1, L4).
  • This is the first clash between Coventry and Fulham this century with their last meeting falling in October 1982 in a goalless draw in the second leg of their Second Round League Cup tie.
  • Five of Viktor Gyokeres’ seven league goals for Coventry this season have come at home.
  • Five of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s ten league goals for Fulham this season have been scored away from Craven Cottage.

 

Prediction

Having been torn apart at Luton in a ruthless performance from the Hatters, Coventry will be pleased to be back at home where they seem comfortable with no home losses in the league this season but they will need to improve quickly in defence if they’re to keep Fulham and specifically Mitrovic quiet.

Speaking of Fulham, they come into this match in shaky form with just seven points from their last five league matches, and are now visiting one of their hoodoo grounds without a clean sheet since August so will have to be at their absolute best on the front foot if they’re to force a win here.

Goals therefore feel like a certainty in this match but if Coventry can frustrate Fulham and Gyokeres is on top home form up front, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a home win if not draw.

Prediction: Coventry 2-1 Fulham

Result: Coventry 4-1 Fulham

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