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Sky Blues can add to Hughes’ black mood

Sky Blues can add to Hughes’ black mood


Coventry City have endured almost 17 years of misery since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2001 but the Sky Blues could enjoy some rare joy this weekend when troubled Stoke City visit the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry, now managed by Mark Robins, were relegated to the fourth tier of English football last season, but are in fine form at the moment, winning their last five League Two matches and keeping a clean sheet in the last three.

Marc McNulty is their top scorer and he is good value at 15/2 to score the first goal against the Potters, who have the worst defensive record in the Premier League.

Stoke are reportedly considering Mark Hughes’ future and his former Manchester United team-mate Robins could put the final nail in the 54-year-old’s four-and-a-half year tenure at the bet365 Stadium.

Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis is now in charge of Middlesbrough but he may prioritise securing promotion from the Championship rather than enjoying an FA Cup run, which could give Sunderland the chance to cause a minor shock at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro reached the quarter-finals last term but suffered relegation from the top-flight while Sunderland are in reasonable form of late under Chris Coleman’s guidance and have won three of their last eight Championship fixtures. A Black Cats victory on Teesside can be backed at enticing odds of 15/4.

Elsewhere, Southampton could be the victims of an upset at Craven Cottage where Fulham have been hard to beat recently.

Saints may be keener on saving their Premier League status rather than embarking on a long run in the FA Cup and could rest several regular first-team stars for the trip to the capital.

Southampton have only won once on their travels this season and have failed to win any of their last nine Premier League games.

In contrast free-scoring Fulham thrashed Ipswich 4-1 on Tuesday to bring their goal tally over the festive period to 12 goals in their four unbeaten fixtures.

A 2-0 win for Slavisa Jokanovic’s team can be backed at 14/1.

West Brom have been so poor recently that they will treating a trip to League Two promotion hopefuls Exeter City with some trepidation.

It may be worth betting on the draw at 11/4 as the Baggies desperately try to find some form.

Newcastle United may have home advantage but they need to be wary of Luton Town’s goalscoring prowess when the Hatters make the long trip to Tyneside.

Nathan Jones’ side are at the top of the League Two table after scoring 62 goals in their first 26 matches. They have not looked back since thrashing Yeovil Town 8-2 on the opening weekend of the campaign and have also scored seven goals against Stevenage and Cambridge United, as well as winning 5-0 at Swindon Town on Boxing Day.

Newcastle should have enough quality to defeat Saturday’s opponents but it be worth betting on the Magpies winning from behind at 11/2.

David Wagner seems certain to name a weakened side for Huddersfield’s trip to Bolton as he concentrates on keeping the Terriers in the Premier League.

Bolton have enjoyed a fine festive period, winning three of their four fixtures, and Phil Parkinson’s side are 7/2 to beat Huddersfield by a one-goal margin with the in-form Gary Madine 6/1 to score the first goal.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy missed Monday’s 3-0 win against Huddersfield because of a groin injury but could return on Saturday for the visit to one of his former teams, Fleetwood Town.

Vardy, who has scored nine goals in 21 Premier League appearances this season, could play his part in beating Uwe Rosler’s side at odds of 5/9.

Blackburn Rovers can cause a minor shock by defeating struggling Hull City at Ewood Park at odds of 23/20, while it will not be much of a surprise if Wolves beat Swansea City at Molineux, they are 4/5 to do so, while Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are 23/20 to keep a clean sheet against the shot-shy Welsh outfit.

Bournemouth will not have it all their own way against League One side Wigan Athletic, who won 7-0 at Oxford United just before Christmas, but should eventually edge home with a Cherries victory and both teams to score available at 51/20.

On Sunday Leeds United will not be relishing the trip to Newport County for what will be the Exiles’ biggest match since they returned to the Football League in 2013.

Leeds suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Histon less than a decade ago, a club now playing in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.

The Championship side will not have an easy ride in south Wales and may have to settle for a 1-1 draw, available at 27/4, at Rodney Parade.

There may be more chance of a shock at the New Meadow though where Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury Town are 29/10 to beat West Ham United.

David Moyes’ side are involved in a battle to avoid relegation while the Shrews are flying high in League One and, after a recent blip, are unbeaten in their last five games.

They have already knocked out Aldershot (5-0) and Morecambe (2-0) and have the weapons to unsettle a Hammers defence that contrived to concede three goals to both Newcastle and Bournemouth over the festive period.

Finally on Monday goals could be at a premium at the Amex Stadium when Brighton take on Crystal Palace.

In late November the two teams played out a grim goalless draw and another stalemate this time can be backed at 27/4.

That point was the first for Palace on the road this season and at the time they were still at the foot of the Premier League table.

Roy Hodgson’s team have only lost one of their last 11 matches though – 3-2 to Arsenal at Selhurst Park last month – and have the momentum to beat the Seagulls at 7/4 in what is sure to be a highly-charged affair.


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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.