What to look out for in game week 12
The Cherries to leapfrog Reading, Coventry to cause upset and Ivan Toney to torment at Adams Park.
We said it once and we’ll say it again. No international break until next Spring. Four months of jam-packed, gorgeous Championship football. Here's what you can expect this weekend:
Both the Blues at St Andrews
Kickstarting a glorious weekend of football are Coventry City as they host Birmingham City at St. Andrews. A slightly ironic sentence at first look.
It’s the first time the two sides face each other in the league for eight years, and this time it’s under incredibly strange circumstances.
The Blues agreed to allowing the Sky Blues play their home matches at their stomping ground back in June 2019.
Since then, Coventry gained promotion from League One after the bizarre null and void shenanigans at the back end of last season.
They’ve extended their time at St. Andrews for the foreseeable.
The two clubs have lost their last two games and are in underwhelming positions in the table.
Coventry sit in 21st with 8 points after losing seven of their previous 11 matches. They’ve also had to pick the ball out of their net 23 times already. Truth to be told, it’s a honking start to the campaign.
Birmingham City dropped to 17th prior to the international break after a dip in form.
Losses to Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth have took a hit to Aitor Karanka’s men.
If the Blues hit back with three points, they could move into 12th in the table ahead of the games over the weekend.
However, we’re backing Mark Robins’ team to turn over Blues on their usual home soil.
Coventry have bagged half of their total goals in the last three games and we predict this influx of goalscoring to continue Friday night.
The international break came at the right time for the Sky Blues, allowing them to reflect on their unconvincing defensive awareness. We predict them to come out on top in the ground share derby.
The Royals to pip the Cherries?
Get the popcorn ready. High-flying Reading take on AFC Bournemouth midday Saturday.
The Royals’ outrageously good start to the campaign has been swept under the carpet thanks to their latest form.
Prior to their dip in form, Veljko Paunović’s men went eight games unbeaten, scoring 15 goals and conceding three.
They’ve leaked nine goals in their previous three games, picking up no points in the process,
albeit against beatable oppositions. Liam Moore being injured just compounds the the defensive issues they have currently.
We predict the Royals to maintain their loss streak against promotion chasing Bournemouth.
The Cherries have been frustrated thus far, picking up the same amount of draws as wins.
Defensively disciplined, Jason Tindall’s men have lost just one in 11 encounters.
Offensively, look out for the free flowing front-line of Danjuma, Solanke and Stanislas against a nervous Reading backline.
With David Brooks back firing too, it wouldn’t surprise us if the Cherries fire three or four past Rafael.
Brentford to get back to 'it' against the Chairboys?
Promotion pushers Brentford face struggling Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
The encounter on Saturday afternoon will be the first league match between both sides since 2011/12.
The Chairboy’s went on a mesmerising run of form last month, claiming a point against Watford and two consecutive wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City.
Nevertheless, it was back to normality for Wycombe fans as they added an eighth loss to their 2020/21 portfolio with a 2-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest last game.
Thomas Frank’s Bees will look to worsen Wycombe’s shambolic goal difference in order to go five unbeaten.
Look out for the division’s second top contributor, Ivan Toney, will look to extend his goalscoring tally against a side who have leak 1.7 per 90 mins.
Talisman Toney has recorded 10 league goals in 11 appearances for the Bees since arriving from Peterborough in the summer, averaging a goal every 92 minutes. 10 goals from 16 shots on target. Obscene xG.
With Bryan Mbeumo on the right and Saman Ghoddos on the left, we suspect the pairing will pest Wycombe’s full backs for the entire 90 minutes. 1-4 Brentford inbound.
By Ben Haywood | @BenHaywood01