After starting the League One campaign with two victories in as many games, the Sky Blues will be hoping to make it three in a row on Tuesday night as Crewe come to town. The Railwaymen are yet to register a goal in the league whilst Coventry have netted six, conceding zero in the process. Alexandra are known as a bogey side however and I’m hoping we can end our home hoodoo against Steve Davis’ side.
I’m sure that Crewe supporters will have their side’s Ricoh record in the back of their minds as they make the trip to the Midlands. Despite their poor start to the campaign, they’ll be looking to disrupt the Sky Blues’ rhythm, whilst Tony Mowbray and his men will be searching for another three points.
The Sky Blues go in to the fixture full of confidence, and rightly so. Despite being knocked out of the Capital One Cup last Tuesday, a maximum six points have been earned to propel Coventry to the top of the League One pile. Wigan and Millwall were the sides that City defeated, leaving each game with their ‘goals against’ column unscathed.
Crewe travel to Coventry with only a point on the board and no league goals to their name. Following their opening day 0-0 stalemate at home to Port Vale, the Railwaymen were defeated by Preston and Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup and League One respectively.
Coventry boss, Tony Mowbray has a fully fit squad to choose from for the fixture and I can only imagine he’d start with the same starting eleven that steamrollered Millwall at the weekend. After impressing off the bench during the win, Jacob Murphy could be in contention for a starting berth but I don’t believe it would be fair to drop anyone after the last performance.
The Railwaymen will be without Harry Davis and James Jones for the trip, the first is suffering from a knee problem whilst the latter has a shoulder injury. The rest of the squad is available but changes are expected to be made, although Davis insists he will continue to set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation despite the poor start.
One to watch… Lauri Dalla Valla
Despite having a lot of potential as a youth product, the striker hasn’t quite cut it so far in the English game but this could finally be his season to kick on. After a youth career consisting of two spells at Finnish side JIPPO either side of a short stint at Inter Milan, the forward moved to Anfield in 2008 where he stayed for 2 years.
Fulham was to be his next destination but as at Liverpool, he made no first team appearances. He was then loaned out to various clubs including Crewe, where he would return in December 2014 after his release from Belgian side, Sint-Trudien. He will be determined to prove himself at Gresty Road this season and his pace could cause the Sky Blues problems.
View from the dugout…
“With Crewe coming to try to spoil our good start to the season it must be like a red light flashing for us.”
“At the weekend they were as expansive away at Scunthorpe United and probably played their best football when they were 2-0 down but played better in their previous game.
“I tell the players forget the team we’re playing, and don’t look at the badge. Let’s go and compete with them and then try to hurt them with out patterns of play. It doesn’t matter if it’s Wigan Athletic, Millwall or Crewe Alexandra.”
If you look at the sides we’ve already beaten, you could be mistaken to think that Crewe should be an easier fixture. On paper it probably is, but they’ll be determined to cause an upset and get their first win of the season – each game poses different challenges.
With confidence oozing throughout our side and optimism rife within our fan-base, a lot of us will be expecting three points from this fixture. We could find ourselves facing a different style of football that could cause us problems however, and I have a funny feeling that Crewe will provide us with a real test.
Despite that, I am confident we will get another victory but it won’t be plain-sailing. Defensively I think we have enough to thwart them to little chances, whilst in attack we have enough quality to carve open a suspect defence. I hope we get some revenge over Crewe and their recent victories in our own back yard!
My score prediction… Coventry City 3-1 Crewe Alexandra