Coventry City and Stoke City meet at City of Coventry Stadium, in a match for this phase of the FA Cup (3rd Round). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met, on 12-04-2008, in a match that ended with the final score: Coventry City (1-2) Stoke City. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
Until reaching this phase of the FA Cup (3rd Round), the home team eliminated: Boreham Wood and Maidenhead United. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 10 suffered. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Chesterfield by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches Coventry City has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. The team allowed goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack He has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 5 games in which they suffered the first goal.
The Coventry City is doing a good season in general and currently occupies the top positions in the English fourth division. In the last game the locals managed to add the following consecutive victory, beating Chesterfield 1-0. In the two matches played in the FA Cup, both at home, Coventry won and did not suffer any goals. In this home game, coach Mark Robins is expected to play in the usual 4-4-2, benefiting the defensive organization and passing in depth for the attack. Marc McNulty is the great highlight of the premises, with 11 goals scored. For this game the coach must be able to count on all his players.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the FA Cup with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home defeat with Newcastle United by (0-1). In the last 10 away matches Stoke City has won 1, tied 2 and lost 7. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 11 times and only managed 1 comeback. In the last 13 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘).
The Stoke City comes to this day with another defeat in the English championship, this time against Newcastle, by 0-1. Very because of this negative phase, visitors occupy the descent zone. In this game against Coventry, coach Mark Hughes must play in 4-3-3, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially through the flanks. The Swiss end Shaqiri is a player who deserves the highlight at the individual level, since he has 4 goals and 5 assists. For this FA Cup game the coach can not count on Johnson, Bruno Martins Indi and Ryan Shawcross, all due to injury.
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