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Coventry City

Turf Moor

Saturday 14th April 2012


Struggling Coventry City are the visitors to Turf Moor on Saturday with the Clarets looking for their third successive win.

The Pre-amble:

Games are coming thick-and-fast at the moment as we enter the final stages of the season. Following victories over the Easter period against Brighton at home on Good Friday and Doncaster away on Easter Monday, the Clarets are now seeking their third victory in a row with Coventry City the visitors to Turf Moor this Saturday.

Remarkably four wins out of the last five games has seen the Clarets come within a remote chance of reaching the play-offs again. They stand currently in 12th spot on 59 points just six points behind the current sixth placed club, Cardiff City. Cardiff though could be leapfrogged by Brighton tonight if they can defeat high-flying Reading at the Amex Stadium and that would mean we would then be seven points off the play-offs.

With just four games of the season remaining (including Coventry on Saturday) and twelve points on offer, a late rally and four wins could yet see the Clarets finish in the top six . Realistically though that is a tall order bearing in mind we also still have to play promotion-chasing Leicester and Blackpool away. Nevertheless a good end to the season and a Top 10 finish could lift spirits after a rather indifferent season in which our home form has let the club down. We already have ten victories on the road however for the first time 2001-02 leaving Clarets fans wondering what might have happened had we not had such a disappointing season at home!

The Sky Blues come to Turf Moor deep in relegation trouble. They are third from bottom already four points adrift of safety. Burnley could virtually seal their fate if they win on Saturday and pick up their fifth double of the season.

It has been a torrid season for Coventry and gaffer, Andy Thorn must be a worried man. They crucially lost 3-1 away to fellow strugglers, Bristol City on Easter Monday and are now four points behind the Robins who in 21st spot have now put some clear blue water between the two clubs.

Their recent form has not been too bad and indeed they have only lost one game in eight matches picking up two wins and five draws. In terms of their away form they have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six matches on the road picking up an impressive win away to Hull and a draw at Cardiff.

Come on you Clarets, no slip ups let`s keep the run going!

Burnley Team News:

Ben Mee looks to be sidelined for the rest of the season with a small fracture in his back but Daniel Lafferty, who was on the bench on Easter Monday could be set to make a start at left back after recovering from a hamstring injury.

News is awaited concerning Marvin Bartley who picked up a hamstring tweak in the Good Friday game at home to Brighton and missed the trip to Doncaster on Easter Monday.

Jay Rodriguez (groin/hip) and Martin Paterson (hamstring) look set to remain sidelined.

Player to watch: Charlie Austin

Austin is hot on the heels of the injured Jay Rodriguez to become Burnley`s leading goal-scorer this season. After his goal from the penalty spot on Easter Monday away to Doncaster, he now has 16 goals just five behind Jay Rod with four games to play. He has also recently notched up his first career hat-trick after thumping three past Portsmouth at Fratton Park at the end of March. The former Swindon striker is certainly on form and banging in goals for fun at the moment. Let`s hope it continues against Coventry.

Coventry City Team News:

Coventry are down to just five fit senior defenders with Nathan Cameron (knee injury and surgery) and Richard Wood (knee injury requiring surgery in summer) ruled out for the rest of the season. They have also been unable to recall James McPake from his loan spell at Hibernian due to different loan rules in Scotland.

Player to watch: Gary McSheffrey

Left winger, Gary McSheffrey is currently Coventry`s joint leading goal-scorer with nine goals this season, a statistic he shares with striker, Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Jutkiewicz now though of course plays for Middlesbrough after signing for them in January this year initially on a loan basis. He completed a permanent move to the Riverside for a fee in the region of 1.3m just after Boro played Burnley that month at the Riverside and lost 2-0.

McSheffrey is in his second spell at the club and was indeed born locally in Coventry and began his professional career at the Ricoh. He became a Birmingham player in August 2006 but rejoined his home-town club after being released by the Blues in July 2010.

Team & Tactics:

All the Burnley players seemed to come through the Doncaster game without any further injuries although we await confirmation.

Ben Mee looks likely to be out for the rest of the season after picking up a small, non-serious fracture to his back but with Daniel Lafferty being an unused sub against Donny, we could see the Irishman line-up in the starting eleven against Coventry on Saturday releasing Ross Wallace from that role. Lafferty would appear to now be fit after his hamstring problem and the additional rest on Saturday will probably have helped his full recovery.

It will be nice to see Ross Wallace again in his normal position but we shall have to wait and see what happens.

Marvin Bartley was also missing from the sixteen against Doncaster on Easter Monday having picked up a hamstring tweak in the previous game at home to Brighton. We await news of his progress. I suspect Eddie Howe may well keep with his current strike force even if Jay Rod (thigh/hip) and Paterson (hamstring) are fit to play. Both strikers have impressed of late and found the back of the net with some regularity.

Once again we have to make assumptions until we know the latest status regarding some of the injuries but I would think the following line up would need some beating:

Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Duff, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Stanislas, Ings, Austin

Subs: Jensen, McQuoid, Howieson, Hewitt, McCartan (or Fletcher or ANO young gun)

Ref Watch:

Confirmation is awaited.

Match Prediction:

Coventry struggling and Burnley having found a new lease of life and looking for a third successive win and fourth victory in five games? It is just the sort of statistic that traditionally would lead to an upset especially when you look at our home form in general this season. I am having none of it so 3-0 Clarets!

Next Match:

We have two away games of the season remaining starting with a trip to the King Power Stadium to face promotion-hopefuls Leicester City on the night of Tuesday 17th April (Kick-Off-7:45pm). On the following Saturday (21st) we then play another club hoping to reach the play-offs and it`s a local derby at that! Yes, we travel to Bloomfield Road to play Blackpool in our last away game of the season.

Date:Tuesday April 10 2012
Time: 6:34PM


Why do I keep thinking we might still be in the play-offs? Come on man get a grip,it aint gonna it?
10/04/2012 18:38:00
Miracles do happen TMP. They are just very very rare.
10/04/2012 20:03:00
Well Brighton are losing so that helps!
10/04/2012 20:28:00
ps where you get this 4 wins out of last 5 games from?!!
10/04/2012 20:33:00
After Brighton's defeat to Reading, we are now officially six points behind the play-off spots going into the next run of games. I know that Clarets fans have a tradition of being pessimistic, but is it really as unlikely as we are making it out to be ? I can see Cardiff only taking a maximum of six points from their remaining four games, there not that easy if you want to look for yourselves. And at the same time Brighton and Boro havnt been playing well of late. And obviously we play Leicester, so that could potentially be a six pointer. It is obviously going to be a really difficult task to win all of our remaining four games, but I personally believe in this squad, and Im not going to rule anything out at this stage. If we were to make it, it would almost certainly be on goal difference, so hopefully we can put a few past this struggling Coventry side this weekend. There's no point in being negative, just take a level headed approach to the situation and you will see exactly what it is. Possible.
11/04/2012 12:36:00
If we get 71 points then I agree probably be on goal difference but ours should be good enough without any big wins. We are 2 goals behind Cardiff but we would overtake that in the 2 games that we win where Cardiff lose. Leicester are 5 goals ahead but they would have to beat ALL of Milwall, West Ham and Leeds to equal us on 71 points I agree that Cardiff have hard games and so do Brighton and Middlesbrough. Cardiff play Barnsley/Palace away and Derby/Leeds at home. Brighton play West Ham/Barnsley away and Watford/Birmingham at home. Middlesbrough play Derby/Watford away and Doncaster/Southampton at home I think think the only 2 realistic worries are (1) Cardiff pick up 7 points or more or (2) Burnley dont pick up 12 points! Burnley's 2 away games are VERY difficult (eg we have lost 4 nil and 3-1 in last 2 matches to Leicester) But yes its certainly POSSIBLE rather than a miracle And Watford got in play-offs in 2008 on 70 points!
11/04/2012 14:06:00
We now agree that all of a sudden our Our season is not over. GO FOR IT BURNLEY.
grimsby claret
11/04/2012 16:45:00
I just hope that the fat lady is singing our song when the play off places are decided. Maybe contraversial but I do not think we are anywhere good enough for the Prem.
11/04/2012 18:52:00
No we are not good enough but with 70 million given to you on a plate we would take it Cornwall.
Grimsby Claret
11/04/2012 19:02:00
I think everyone knows how like almost all on Vital I am obsessed with this football club of I 100% want us to sneak into the play offs but if it is not to be, then let it be Coventry who beat us as I dont want it to be either Leicester or Blackpool. We will beat Bristol last game no matter what so I am just thinking of my poor old ticker!!!
12/04/2012 10:21:00
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