The Sky Blues travel to Gigg Lane on Saturday looking to gain another three points but an in-form Bury side will provide stiff opposition. Six former City players are amongst the Shakers’ ranks and they’ll be determined to get a result against Tony Mowbray’s men.
Both sides have made positive starts to the current campaign and it promises to be an attractive game of football in prospect. Confidence will be high in both camps and supporters from either side will be expectant of a positive result. Goals should also be a certainty as the two teams lead the way with 15 goals apiece.
Bury will be going in to the game looking to make it five successive wins in all competitions. A draw with Oldham in SkyBet League One was proceeded by wins against Accrington Stanley (Capital One Cup), Walsall, Sheffield United and Port Vale to form a perfect September thus far.
David Flitcroft is undoubtedly delighted with the start his players have made to the 2015/16 campaign. After promotion from the fourth tier last term, they currently sit 6th in League One with a total of 13 points.
The Sky Blues‘ form isn’t quite as impressive as Bury’s over the last five matches but their overall points tally is slightly greater. A win against Chesterfield at the Ricoh Arena last weekend saw the Midlands club stay in 4th place.
They have amassed a total of 16 points from the opening eight fixtures, only 7 of these have been earned in their last five ties however. Mixed fortune of late has lead to Coventry defeating Burton Albion and Chesterfield, drawing at home to Southend and losing to Walsall and Scunthorpe respectively.
The home side will be without a few players when they welcome Coventry but Flitcroft still has a strong squad to choose from. Andrew Tutte has been ruled out for two months after sustaining a hamstring injury in the victory against Sheffield United whilst Kelvin Etuhu misses out due to a leg injury.
The experienced Ryan Lowe is also unavailable as the striker is suffering from a calf problem. Keil O’Brien returned to full training in the week though and Daniel Nardiello is also back in contention after recovering from a back injury.
Possible Bury lineup…
Coventry City will of course be without academy product James Maddison as the young midfielder faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after fracturing his ankle. Jordan Willis is also unavailable as he is recovering from an operation.
Apart from that, the Sky Blues have a fully fit squad and they’ll be determined to perform as well as they did against Chesterfield whereby the 1-0 scoreline didn’t reflect their dominance.
A name that the Sky Blues’ supporters will be familiar with, Leon Clarke is certainly a player capable of reaping havoc in this division. He was one half of an fruitful striking partnership with Callum Wilson whilst at Coventry and his goalscoring credentials were undoubted.
After leaving for Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2014, he failed to make a mark at the Molineux and was subsequently released this summer. He has now been given a chance to reignite his scoring touch at Bury in the third tier.
View from the dugout – Tony Mowbray
“Bury will be another tough game. They have won the last three or four games so in a real rich vein of form.”
“People keep telling me they have a lot of ex-Coventry players and I am sure it will be a tough game but hopefully we’ll make it tough for them as well.”
“We don’t have any fresh injury concerns and everyone is champing at the bit to get going.”
View from the opposition – Nathan Cameron
“We don’t fear anyone, there are a lot of good teams in this League, but if we play well most of the time we win and I don’t think a lot of teams can say that.”
“We have some good players in the squad, the likes of Danny Mayor and Leon Clarke, mean that going forward we always look like we can score goals. It’s just about defensively keeping more clean sheets, and if we do that I’m sure we’ll be in and around it come the end of the season.”
If we manage to play at the same standard as last week then we have every reason to be optimistic going in to any game, regardless of opposition. I am upbeat confident but I do believe Bury will prove to be very difficult to beat, particular on their own turf.
With six former City players to their name, we know a fair bit about their squad and hopefully we will be able to keep them quiet. Defensively, we will have to be switched on as they are very capable of scoring goals. Tom Pope and Leon Clarke will be physical and we’ll have to be wise to that.
Defensively, the home side don’t seem to be as well oiled and they’ve shipped 12 goals in their opening fixtures. With our pace in behind and the technical ability we possess, I can’t look past us scoring. I envision a tightly-fought contest however so I’ll go for a score draw.
Bury 1-1 Coventry City