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Championship Preview: Cardiff City V Coventry City

Coventry City will visit Cardiff City Stadium this weekend to face Cardiff. The Bluebirds have seen a upturn in form since the arrival of Mick McCarthy having picked up two wins and two draws. Coventry have one just one of their last six matches. Cardiff are six points ahead of the Sky Blues in the table.

Coventry won the reverse fixture in November by a goal to nil. Tyler Walker got the goal in the game at St Andrews. This was Coventry’s first win against Cardiff since a 1-0 win in 2007. In between these games Cardiff have won eight of the meetings between the sides.

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Cardiff are unbeaten since McCarthy took over in January. Two draws have been followed by two away wins against Bristol City and Rotherham. This will be McCarthy’s second home match and will be hoping to make it three wins in a row.

Coventry held Watford to a goal less draw in their last match. This followed a 2-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest and a draw with landlords Birmingham City. Coventry sit three points above the drop zone.

Team News

Mick McCarthy has said new signing Jonny Williams will not be ready for the weekends match. Alex Smithies will also miss the match, he is still suffering from the illness which forced him off against Bristol City. Leandro Bacuna, who was not in the squad for the trip to Rotherham is fit and could return this weekend. Jordi Osei-Tutu and Lee Tomlin are still out with injuries.

Coventry Live reported on the clubs long injury list. Tyler Walker is set to return to the match squad for the trip to Cardiff after a calf strain. Goalkeeper Ben Wilson has finished isolating and will be available. Amadou Bakayoko is also likely to be back in the matchday squad. This match will likely come to soon for captain Liam Kelly who should re-join the squad on Monday. Fankaty Dabo and Matty Godden are longer term injuries and will not be involved.

Managers Thoughts

Mick McCarthy spoke about the returning confidence that his side are showing:

Clearly, I’ve had it myself, I’m not immune to it, when you lose games, confidence goes, belief goes, and people look for answers. Sometimes they’re just looking at others and not at themselves.

How do you restore that?

It didn’t look like it would be restored 2-0 down at Barnsley, but the 2-2 draw showed the willingness to work and fight back. That started it.

Another draw, two great wins and restores the self belief that you can win games again.

We’ve had two really good results. But what we can’t do is be complacent. We’ve got eight points from four games, but we don’t suddenly start believing we are this team who can press all the way.

We have got to win tomorrow and get something out of the next game at Luton.

If we can do that for six, seven, eight games, then we can start believing. What I don’t want to do is to start bigging it up and then suddenly find we trip ourselves up against Coventry tomorrow.

“I only look as far as the next game. That’s a bit boring I know.

“But if you’re saying to me on Monday ‘Oh Mick another great three points’, I’ll be delighted. But there’s a big ‘if’ there as Coventry are going to be a hard nut to crack.”

Coventry manager Mark Robins told the club’s website:

It’s a big challenge, that’s for sure, they’ve got aspirations of getting into the top six, they’ve not long been out of the Premier League.

Mick’s is a really experienced manager, a great bloke, a really top man and he’s got a wealth of experience, you can see results are coming from his leadership at this moment in time.

He’s unbeaten to date and they’ve got a squad full of talented players, it’s a tough match, but a really good game in the lead up to the next three games because all three are tasty games.

His Ipswich team were a tough nut to crack; they were physical but had some really good quality as well and always made it difficult.

“The players at their disposal, he’s going to make good use of them, and you can see that now, it’s a really good game for us to look forward to and try and get our teeth stuck into.”

Key Players

For Cardiff’s game to work they rely on striker Kieffer Moore who has netted 11 goals so far this season. Winning 11 aerials per game the striker links up with Cardiff’s attacking midfielders Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo. Moore is currently ranked number one in the championship by whoscored.com. The Bluebirds have not lost a game in which the welsh striker has scored.

Gustavo Hamer will be a key figure for Coventry as the defensive midfielder will have to deal with the inform Cardiff number 10’s. Hamer has five goals and two assists so far this season and will be a danger for Cardiff as well. He has a pass percentage of 74.6 and a whoscored.com rating of 7.06.

Prediction; Cardiff 2 – 0 Coventry

Cardiff have found a new system under McCarthy that seems to suit the players and should have the quality to see off the Sky Blues.

EFL League One & Two clubs vote to end seasons early

Football League One and Two seasons have both been ended early after a vote by all clubs on Tuesday.

Both tables will be settled on points per game, while promotion, relegation and the play-offs all remain.

Coventry and Rotherham have been promoted from League one, While Wycombe leapfrog Peterborough into the play-off places.

Swindon have been crowned League Two champions, but ongoing disciplinary matters mean it is not yet certain who will get relegated into the National League.

Currently, Stevenage are rooted at the bottom of the table, but they could be reprieved after Macclesfield Town were handed a fresh EFL misconduct charge at the beginning of the month.

Macclesfield, who sit three points above Stevenage, have already had 11 points deducted for previous rule breaches this season and have a further suspended two-point penalty hanging over them if they transgress again.

Both votes were passed with an overwhelming majority, according to the EFL. No dates have yet been confirmed for the League One play-offs, but the schedule for the Division Two play-offs has been decided with Colchester entertaining Exeter on Thursday 18th June and Northampton facing Cheltenham on the same day in the first legs. The second legs for all four sides will be on Monday 22nd June, with the Final played at Wembley on Monday 29th June.

Clubs in League One had previously been divided over whether to finish the season or not. Initial talks were put on hold when at least six sides said they wanted to continue the campaign.

However, the new regulations proposed by the EFL board and approved by the 71 clubs on Tuesday, meant just over half of the teams in any division needed to agree on ending the season early.

With the decision of points per game decided by the board, it has thrown up one major change to the League One table, with Wycombe who originally were in eighth placed replacing sixth placed Peterborough United in the play-offs.

After the conclusion of the season, the next few months are going to be a very anxious time for clubs in League One and Two. Many of whom are going to find themselves financially very insecure.

 

Is The League One & Two season coming to an end?

Friday saw a very important meeting take place, with all the owners off the respective League One and League Two clubs, as they come to an agreement with what to do with the rest of the 19/20 campaign.

LEAGUE TWO

After a lengthy meeting on Friday, owners off all of the league Two teams decided that the best option for everyone involved was to finish the league two season, and decide the final table on Points Per Game (PPG).

This would mean that Swindon, Crewe And Plymouth Argyle would all be promoted to League One. Unfortunately, this would mean that Stevenage would be relegated to the National League for the first time in a decade. This means, the Play-Offs would be played  just like any other season ( Two Semi-Finals and a Final) to determine who the final promotion spot goes too.

A statement on The League Two Season was released by the EFL on Friday.  Here is what was said:

“Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board.

In addition, clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019/20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. No commitments were made in this respect and the Board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”

So, therefore, the vote is subject to approval from the EFL and the FA.

League One

In the same way as League Two, The Owners from all of the respective League One clubs held a meeting to determine what would be the best way to finish the League One Season.   However, they couldn’t come to an agreement on what was best, but IF League One was to be determined using PPG, Coventry & Rotherham would be promoted to the Championship.  Subsequently, Tranmere Rovers, Southend United & Bolton Wanderers would be relegated to League Two.  Just like League Two, however, The Play-Offs would stay the same, (Two Semi-Finals & A Final) to determine the final promotion place.

Here is what the EFL had to say on the League One Season:

“There were varied views shared in League One and it was determined that there would be a further period of reflection and consultation to understand what creative solutions could be implemented. It was acknowledged that the need to find innovative and creative solutions was of paramount importance as was the need for decisions to be taken quickly.” 

There is expected to be an announcement on the League One Season in the next couple of days.

Coventry City could face Birmingham City at home… in Birmingham

Coventry City have been drawn at home to Birmingham City in the fourth round of the FA Cup, if they beat Bristol Rovers in a replay after they drew 2-2 at the weekend.

Despite being drawn at home, if the Sky Blues beat Bristol, they will have to travel to Birmingham’s home ground, St Andrews, to face the Blues.

If you are confused it will all make sense now…

Coventry City’s temporary home for this season is Birmingham’s, St Andrews Sky Blues actually have a better home record then the Blues this season, which adds to the joys of the FA Cup.

This is due to a row over rent with Ricoh Arena owners, Wasps RFC, the Sky Blues owners, Sisu decided to leave the Ricoh and managed to reach an agreement with Birmingham City to play their home matches at St Andrews, while the issue over rent and possibly a new home is still in negotiations.

It will be confusing surroundings, if Mark Robins’ men reach the fifth round, for both sets of fans as due to FA regulations Birmingham fans would have to sit in the away end and will only be allowed a certain amount of tickets, despite the stadium being their own ground.

The Sky Blues actually have a better home record then the Blues this season and if the two sides face each other, it will definitely be a game no one will want to miss.

Derby County skipper, Richard Keogh sacked for gross misconduct

Republic of Ireland international, Richard Keogh has been sacked by Derby County over his involvement in a drink driving crash, that’s resulted in two of his team mates arrested.

The 33 year old sustained a serious knee ligament damage that has ruled him out for up to 15 months after midfielder, Tom Lawrence crashed into a lamppost.

Both Lawerence and forward, Mason Bennett pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Keogh started his career off at Stoke City but failed to make an impact and went to Icelandic side, Víkingur on loan before moving to Bristol City; after only 40 appearances and four loan spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town.

The defender was sold to Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee, where he went on to make 95 appearances.

After an impressive spell in League One, he was sold to Championship side, Coventry City, where he became a real fans favourite. He played every minute of every game for the 2010-11 season and scored his first goal for Coventry on the last game of the season against Norwich. He was voted Players’ Player of the Year at the end of the 2010–11 season awards for Coventry City.

Keogh played every game for Coventry since signing for the club, until his unfortunate dismissal in the game at home to Doncaster Rovers on 21 April 2012, which brought an end to a run of 91 consecutive games played.

Despite Coventry City’s relegation from the Championship, Keogh won the Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season at Coventry’s end of season awards. He also won the Players’ Player of the Year awards.

After a brilliant two year spell at Coventry, Keogh had to be sold for ongoing money problems the Sky Blues faced.

Keogh was sold to Derby and went on to make 355 appearances for the Rams. Where he won six individual awards as Player of the year, Players’ Player of the year and Supporters’ Player of the year.

In a statement regarding Keogh leaving Derby, the Championship club said that they had “completed the disciplinary hearing regarding Richard Keogh in respect of his involvement in the events of Tuesday 24th September” and that his contract had been “terminated with immediate effect”.

“As we have said from the outset, the club will not tolerate any of its players or staff behaving in a manner which puts themselves, their colleagues, and members of the general public at risk of injury or worse, or which brings the club into disrepute,”

However, Keogh was not driving either car and was just a passenger. Lawerence and Bennett, who were both driving, were fined six weeks’ wages by the club, while Derby magistrates’ court ordered the players to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work, gave them a 12-month community order and banned them from driving for two years.