Coventry fans will be very excited with the news that manager Mark Robins has signed a new contract with the Sky Blues, rubbishing rumours linking him with the vacant role at Sunderland.
Robins has really helped City find their feet again since he was appointed in 2017. He led them to promotion from League Two in his first full season as boss and now has them fighting towards the top of the tier above. City currently sit 5th in the table after 11 games.
Coventry’s home form is bettered only by Wycombe Wanderers. It is a little bit ironic this as they are not even technically playing their home games at ‘home’. The Sky Blues are having to ground share St Andrew’s Stadium with fellow West Midlands club Birmingham City. You would not have been able to tell though with City unbeaten at home – taking 16 points from six games.
Micky Mellon’s Tranmere were always going to find this season tough after their back-to-back promotions. They still have a lot of the team that played for them in the National League so it is understandable that they are still finding their feet two levels above.
Losing last season’s top scorer, and star man, James Norwood to Ipswich Town did not help Mellon’s preparations but they have been solid enough this season without him. Tranmere’s away form is very poor though with just one point from their five away trips so far.
Striker Matty Godden is fit to play for City.
Last season’s Wembley hero Connor Jennings is suspended for this one after his red card against Shrewsbury Town. Defender George Ray should be fit to play though.
Due to Coventry’s excellent ‘home’ form and Tranmere’s poor away results, I can see a win for City here. They will be hugely boosted by Mark Robins committing his future to the club which should breed confidence into the team.
The Sky Blues are 1.72 to win with bet365 – excellent value when you consider they have won five and drawn one from the six games they have played at St Andrew’s.
Both of these sides average over three goals per game in the league. Coventry have had 30 goals in their 11 games. Tranmere can better that with 36 goals from their 11 fixtures.
Both of these sides will try to play expansive football so it will be a wise bet to plump for a few goals to be scored. Over 2.5 is 1.90.