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Coventry vs. Burnley

Ricoh Arena

21st October 2008

7:45 pm

Clarets Sent to Coventry

After a two week break with no matches, the games are now coming thick and fast again. The Clarets fresh from a well-earned 1-1 draw against high-flying Birmingham at Turf Moor on Saturday are now on the road again. On Saturday they face a tough game at The Valley against Charlton Athletic but first they have to stop off in the Midlands to play Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday night.

Following the Sheffield derby on Sunday the Clarets dropped one further place to 12th but on 16 points they are still just one point behind 6th placed Sheffield United and two behind their derby victors, Sheffield Wednesday in 5th. The Owls are also on the same number of points as Cardiff in 4th place so the Clarets have all to play for and will hoping for their second consecutive victory away to Coventry.

The Sky Blues are only one point behind the Clarets on 15 points but three places lower in 15th. They thumped Southampton 4-1 in their last home game but went down 2-1 away to current League leaders, Wolves on Saturday.

For the Clarets, there is no news of any further injury concerns after the Birmingham game and Jordan is back in contention after sitting out his one-match ban for a second-yellow sending off against Reading at the Madejski a few weeks ago.

Alan Mahon could still be sidelined after picking up an injury in a recent behind closed doors game against Blackpool at Gawthorpe and it will be interesting to see if Kevin McDonald is back in contention after recovering from an ankle injury.

Steve Jones is now on loan to Huddersfield; Berisha is still with Rosenberg on loan and Alex MacDonald is still in Hungary as part of the Scottish Under 19 squad for the European Championship Qualifying Round tournament. Other than that the Clarets appear to have a full squad to choose from.

This is an important game for the Clarets and once more we have to get something from this game with so many clubs in contention for a Top 6 slot.

Predicted Team Sheet

An interesting decision for Owen Coyle will be whether to replace Kalvenes at left back with Jordan waiting in the wings to claim his place back after a one-match ban. Kalvenes played well against Birmingham and it would be hard to drop him.

Picking up a suspension, as Eagles knows to his cost seems to make life difficult for players trying to get back their starting eleven place.

Chris Eagles since his red card at home to Plymouth and the three match ban just can`t seem to get in the starting eleven despite his obvious Premier League pedigree and influence when coming on from the bench.

Owen Coyle seems to stick rigidly to the players doing well in the team and it would not surprise me if Jordan would have to be content with a place on the bench against Coventry allowing Kalvenes another chance to shine. Van der Schaaf also made the sixteen on Saturday but didn`t get to come on. With doubts over Mahon, I expect him to retain his place on the bench unless Kevin McDonald has something to say about that!

I so wish that Owen Coyle could find a starting eleven place for Chris Eagles but I suspect it will be more of the same. Let`s face it Coyle has found a successful formula with only one defeat now in eleven games but it does beg the question could we be even more successful if Eagles started in the team?

Oh well here is my predicted sixteen for the Coventry match

Jensen, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Alexander, Elliott, Gudjonsson, McCann, Paterson, Thompson

Subs: Penny, Jordan, Blake, Van Der Schaaf (or McDonald), Eagles

Coventry Team News:

No news in yet. Watch this space!

Player to watch: Jay Tabb

He scored a brace against Southampton in their last home game and the versatile player can play in midfield, on the wing and even centre forward. Voted their Player of the Year last season

Burnley Team News:

Alan Mahon remains a doubt but other than that Owen Coyle appears to have a full squad to choose from apart from Jones and Berisha out on loan.

Player to watch: Steven Thompson

I will keep mentioning his name until he scores! Once he gets his debut goal for the Clarets, he could start scoring on a regular basis. We certainly missed his height and influence after he was substituted against Birmingham on Saturday and it is time he began to convert his physical presence and pressure into goals.

Last Time We Met

We got the double over Coventry last season. Back in January this year we beat Coventry in this fixture 2-1 at the Ricoh with goals from Blake and Akinbiyi.

At Turf Moor one month later in February, the result was a 2-0 victory with McCann and Caldwell on the score sheet.

Ref Watch:

Mike Thorpe (Suffolk)

Match Prediction:

Tough call this match. I think though we can shade this one 1-0 . We need to get back quickly to winning ways with a tough schedule ahead in November

Next Match

Charlton away at 'The Valley` this Saturday (25th October) with the normal 3pm KO




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 20 2008

Time: 6:59AM

Your Comments

Three points would really set us up nicely for Charlton at The Valley on Saturday. We really should get at least 3 points from these next two games to keep pressing for a Top 6 spot
turfmanphil
I would be happy with 3/4 points from the next 3 to be honest, provided it is followed up with a win against Norwich! I dont think you can change the team that played against Birmingham - I agree with your choice of 16. I also agree it would be nice to get Eagles back in the team, but I cant see who I would take out to fit him in. I wouldnt do it yet, but possibly replace Joey with Eagles and tuck Mccann in a bit. Trying to fit players into a team - been a while since we had that problem!
Claretdale
Yep, we do seem to have far more options these days. Tell you what surprised me about the squads on the proggy last Saturday,Dale! We had more than Birmingham!!
turfmanphil
Bit more news from BBC Sport about the game-"Midfielders Aron Gunnarsson and Jay Tabb are expected to recover from minor knocks in time for Coventry's match against Burnley on Tuesday. Gunnarsson suffered a dead leg in the defeat by Wolves, while Tabb missed training on Monday with a knee problem. Burnley manager Owen Coyle is boosted by the return of defender Stephen Jordan from suspension. Veteran Graham Alexander will make his 700th full league appearance if he is named in the starting line-up. "
turfmanphil
The Teams: Burnley: Jensen, Duff, Caldwell, Carlisle, Kalvenes, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Gudjonsson, Paterson, Thompson. Subs: Penny, Blake, Eagles, Rodriguez, van der Schaaf Coventry: Westwood, Fox, Ward, Dann, Doyle, Best, Eastwood, Gunnarsson, Osbourne, Mifsud, Tabb. Subs: Marshall, Hall, Beuzelin, Morrison, Simpson
turfmanphil
Drat 1-0 Coventry at half time after a pretty boring first half! They get a penalty 0n 40 minutes,Alexander on Mifsud and Ward scores from spot
turfmanphil
Stunning second half,3-1 Clarets, Duff, Blake & Eagles(25 yarder)! Speechless, amazing performance.Match report to follow. Phew! Now for FFS start Eagles, he made all the difference when he came on (yet again!)
turfmanphil
Same question though Phil - who are you taking out?
Claretdale
Gudjonsson looks the weakest link at moment and McCann was injured apparantly last night, so maybe Eagles will get his chance
turfmanphil
I think you may be right - With mccann injured ( I assume), I think Eagles will now start! Bring on Charlton!
Claretdale
 

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