Preview: Coventry City vs. Watford

Coventry City and Watford will both be aiming to bounce back from defeats earlier in the week when they meet at St Andrew’s on Saturday.

The Sky Blues were beaten 2-1 by Nottingham Forest on Tuesday to get dragged back into the Championship relegation mix, while the Hornets lost by the same scoreline against Queens Park Rangers on Monday to slip to fifth.
Coventry took the lead against Forest through Maxime Biamou but conceded just five minutes later before a second-half own goal from Michael Rose gifted the Reds the points.

It was only a third home defeat of the season for Mark Robins’s side and their first since October, and they now sit four points above the relegation zone in 18th position.

It is representative of what a difference one round of matches can make because if Coventry had beaten Forest, they would have moved up to 14th and sat in mid-table serenity.

However, a defeat to a side just underneath them in the table, as well as wins for Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United in midweek, now has the Sky Blues looking nervously over their shoulder again.

Robins’s side have a tricky period ahead too as they face four of the top five in their next five matches, starting with Watford’s trip to the Midlands.

Coventry have only won two of their last 13 meetings with the Hornets and lost 3-2 in the reverse fixture in November.
It was a crazy second half at Vicarage Road as Watford went from winning 1-0 to losing 2-1 and then drawing 2-2 in the space of four minutes, before Ismaila Sarr’s late penalty secured the victory.
The Hertfordshire side have, typically, changed managers since then and current boss Xisco Munoz has indicated that he will switch up his tactics ahead of the weekend; this comes off the back of a pair of uninspiring results, with the defeat to QPR following a dull 0-0 draw with Millwall.

Defender William Troost-Ekong has said that the clash with Coventry could be “the moment that’s going to change our season” as the Hornets must improve their away form if they want to compete for the automatic promotion spots; they are currently four points behind second place Brentford, who have a game in hand.

Watford have only won three out of 16 games on the road this season, while only Luton Town have scored fewer away goals. At the other end of the pitch, however, only Birmingham City have conceded fewer away goals.

Coventry City Championship form: LWLWDL
Coventry City form (all competitions): WLLWDL

Watford Championship form: LWWWDL
Watford form (all competitions): LWWWDL

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