Coventry City vs Southend United...
Blues will be looking to see out 2018 with a second successive victory as they travel to the Ricoh Arena to take on Coventry City tomorrow afternoon.
Following their Boxing Day win over Oxford, Southend have their eye on their first back-to-back league wins since September with Chris Powell desperate for his side to find some consistency.
Coventry themselves go into tomorrow’s meeting off the back of a Boxing Day win with a 90th-minute winner against high-flyers Charlton ending their seven-game winless run in the league.
Like Southend, they too have been hit with a mounting injury-list, but the Sky Blues will be hopeful of completing a league double over Blues having won 2-1 at Roots Hall back in October.
Coventry City: WLLLLD
Southend United: WLWLDL
20th October 2018: Southend United (Hopper) 1 vs 2 (Hiwula, Jones) Coventry City
14th March 2017: Coventry City 0 vs 2 (Ranger, Leonard) Southend United
10th December 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth, Ferdinand, McLaughlin) 3 vs 1 (Agyei) Coventry City
Blues are hopeful Harry Bunn will be available for selection again with the midfielder having missed the last three games due to a thigh injury.
Boss Chris Powell though is unsure as to when goalkeeper Mark Oxley will be back in the squad with the Blues number one missing the last two matches with a back problem picked up in training.
That’ll likely mean Nathan Bishop will continue in goal after keeping his first senior clean-sheet on Boxing Day, with Jason Demetriou and Harry Lennon not expected back until mid-January.
Coventry midfielder Luke Thomas and striker Jordan Ponticelli are expected to be unavailable at the weekend, although skipper Michael Doyle is due back after a slight knee injury.
Amadou Bakayoko is recovering better than expected from his knee injury, but is unlikely to feature, with Jodi Jones – who scored the winner in the reverse fixture in October – out for the season.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“This league can be physical but if we can match that and play our football in the right areas at the right times, we’ll get results.
“I see Coventry have won today [Boxing Day], so they’ll be cock-a-hoop, but so will we.
“It’s a big stage, I’m sure there’ll be a healthy crowd and let’s see if we can carry on from where we left off.”