Coventry City – Ipswich Town

It finally started! Leicester did their job. I'm full of confidence, next odd is even higher.


Considering players’ individual qualities, it’s gonna be another tough season for the Sky Blues. And if we consider previous season, when team showed it’s potential from time to time recording surprising performances and victories, but finished at the 17th place, fans have every right to be concerned about forthcoming season. The biggest strength is surely, talented manager Chris Coleman (ex Fulham and Real Sociedad boss). He faced with budget reducing problems and some players had to leave to balance the books at the Ricoh Arena. Star youngster Danny Fox (sold to Celtic) and skipper Scott Dann (Birmingham City) both had to leave. Beside them, Coleman wrote off French midfielder Guillaume Beuzelin, experienced goalie Andy Marshall and Maltesian Michael Mifsud. But, real shock for the fans came this thursday, when club decided to send key midfielder Michael Doyle to Leeds on one year loan deal. Counted players were the spine of the squad. Instead them, club have brought two midfielders, Michael McIndoe from Bristol City and excellent Sammy Clingan from Norwich and young Chelsea’s defender Patrick van Aanholt who came on loan until the end of the year. Coventry have finished in the bottom half of the table five times in the last eight seasons, but this time I’ll dare to predict even fight for avoiding relegation. For this game, hosts are without midfielder David Bell (ankle), while center-back James McPake is out for two months after breaking his collarbone in pre-season. Only good news for them is statistics which say Coventry have not lost their opening league game since 2000. Their last three campaigns have started with the wins.

As a sign of big ambitions, chairman Marcus Evans brought Roy Keane in the club two rounds before the previous season ended. He started with two wins (second one was against Coventry at the same place, 2-1) and everybody in the club wants to continue where they stopped. Club finished the previous season at 9th place, showing a great potential during the main part of competition and the clubs’ officials think they were victims of complacency. Instead the soundable signings, they mostly relied on Keane’s ability to motivate the lads and raise their limits. However, they brought some decent Championship players who will fight for a place in the first eleven. From his former club, Sunderland, Keane brought midfielder Jack Colback, another midfielder, Colin Healy from Cork City, while striker Tamás Priskin came from Watford. Also, winger Lee Martin (ex Man.Utd.) and defender Damien Delaney (ex QPR) have joined the club. Club left midfielder Velice Sumulikoski and striker Kevin Lisbie. With the expected loan deal of Giovani Dos Santos from Spurs, Tractor Boys will be a serious contender for a play-off spot. Defender David Wright has recovered from a rib injury but forward Pablo Counago misses out with a groin problem.

We won’t see too many goals in this encounter, under is very probable. I think Coventry won’t win here and although we talk about the first game in the season, instead double chance or dnb on Ipswich, I’ll go on a clear away win. Odds are high, but stake will be limited, of course. 2.87 at Pinnacle. 0-2 correct score.


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