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Sep 15, 2021 at 7.45pm UK at Ricoh Arena
CoventryCoventry City
1-0
CardiffCardiff City
Gyokeres (15')
Kane (73'), Hamer (90+1')
Dabo (90+1')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Moore (69')

Preview: Coventry City vs. Cardiff City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship clash between Coventry City and Cardiff City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Coventry City and Cardiff City will each be looking to build on positive starts to the Championship campaign when they meet at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Wednesday.

Both sides picked up victories on their return to action at the weekend, but it is Coventry who sit one point better off in the early-season standings.


Match preview

Coventry City's Martyn Waghorn celebrates scoring their second goal on September 11, 2021© Reuters

Coventry's 6-1 win over Millwall on the final day of last season was clearly a sign of things to come as Mark Robins' men have won four of their opening six games to this campaign.

That includes a 2-0 home win over Middlesbrough last time out thanks to Viktor Gyokeres's third goal of the season and Martyn Waghorn's sealer in stoppage time.

City have now won all three home games this term, scoring exactly twice each time, while going further back they have won six of their last seven.

That record could be put to the test on Wednesday, however, as Coventry have won just one of their last 11 league matches with Cardiff - albeit in this exact fixture last season.

The Bluebirds were 2-1 winners at Nottingham Forest on Sunday and return to the Midlands three days later looking to maintain an impressive away record in the league.

Cardiff City's Ruben Colwill celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest on September 12, 2021© Reuters

Mick McCarthy's men have lost just one of their last 15 matches away from the Cardiff City Stadium, with no other second-tier side collecting more points since the end of January.

That comeback win at the City Ground was inspired by home-grown youngster Rubin Colwill, who netted twice after Lewis Grabban had given out-of-form Forest a first-half lead.

Cardiff have now taken 11 points from a possible 18 in 2021-22 and will likely find themselves in the playoff positions should they overcome Coventry in this midweek encounter.

A word of warning for any optimistic Bluebirds fans, though - McCarthy has never won an away league game against Coventry in five previous attempts.

Coventry City Championship form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Coventry City form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Cardiff City Championship form:
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W

Cardiff City form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W



Team News

Kieffer Moore celebrates scoring for Wales against Switzerland at Euro 2020 on June 12, 2021© Reuters

Tyler Walker and Liam Kelly remain Coventry's only two confirmed absentees for the visit of Cardiff.

Robins will not want to make too many changes on the back of the win over Boro, but Ben Sheaf is pushing for inclusion, possibly at the expense of Jamie Allen.

Regardless of who starts, Coventry's substitutions could play a big part in this match as all six of their home league goals this season have come in the second half of games.

As for Cardiff, Wales international pair Colwill and Kieffer Moore made an instant impact off the bench against Forest and are almost certain to start this contest.

McCarthy was without Joe Ralls and Ryan Giles for Sunday's match because of injury and illness respectively, and the midfield pair's availability to face Coventry is uncertain.

Another academy product in Ciaron Brown is back in contention, though McCarthy will not want to make too many changes from the win in the East Midlands.

Coventry City possible starting lineup:
Moore; Hyam, McFadzean, Clarke-Salter; Dabo, Hamer, Sheaf, Maatsen; O'Hare; Waghorn, Gyokeres

Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Phillips; Morrison, Flint, Nelson; Sang, Ralls, Pack, Bagan; Harris, Moore, Colwill


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We say: Coventry City 1-1 Cardiff City

The sides enter this game in almost identical form, with Coventry boasting a perfect home record and Cardiff holding claim to being the Championship's best travellers since January.

The Sky Blues won this corresponding fixture last term, but they have otherwise struggled to beat the Bluebirds in recent years, leading us to predict a point apiece on Wednesday.



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