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League One preview and odds: Colchester United vs. Coventry City

Published on: 13/11/2015

League One preview and odds: Colchester United vs. Coventry City

November 14, 2015 15:00pm - Weston Homes Community Stadium

League One

Colchester will be aiming to keep up their decent home record when fourth-ranked Coventry City make the journey east to Essex for this League One clash on Saturday afternoon.

Colchester happy at home

Colchester have only been beaten once on home soil this season - a 0-1 defeat to Bury back in October. Since that defeat, they have played two games at home, registering a 2-1 win over Port Vale and an incredible 4-4 draw with league leaders Walsall.

Their lowly league position (16th) has been the result of their poor away form that has seen them concede 23 goals on the road - four more than any other team. They come into this game on the back of a 6-2 away win at National League North side Wealdstone in the FA Cup.

Coventry still going strong

Coventry have been in excellent form at home but have only won one of their last five games on the road. In their last three away games they have picked up one win and two draws, prior to that they fell to back-to-back defeats to Scunthorpe and Bury. They are currently on a seven-game unbeaten run at home and away in the league.

Team news

Colchester could welcome back goalkeeper Jamie Jones after his spell out with a hamstring injury. However, the midfield duo of Owen Garvan and Darren Ambrose are both doubtful. Chris Porter, George Elokobi and Gavin Massey are all injured and set to miss this clash.

Tony Mowbray will be without top scorer Adam Armstrong for this weekend’s game. The Newcastle United loanee is away on England U19 duty along with teammate Ryan Kent. Meanwhile, Reice Charles-Cook and Joe Cole are both doubtful with muscle injuries. On a more positive note, Romain Vincelot is back after serving a one-game suspension.

Recent form (League)

Colchester United: LDWLL

Coventry City: WWDDD

Betting odds and tips

Colchester are strong at home while Coventry have only picked up one win on the road since the beginning of September. Coventry’s last away game resulted in a 2-2 draw at second-bottom Swindon Town. The Sky Blues are also without their top scorer Adam Armstrong who is away on international duty. The 18-year-old has bagged 12 goals already this season.

The draw looks like the choice bet in this game and can be backed at 5/2 with Bet365.

Published on: 13/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (13/11/2015 13:33:48) but are subject to change.