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2 tweaks Mark Robins may consider making to his Coventry City XI ahead of Barnsley

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Coventry City have had a mixed start to the season so far, with the Sky Blues tasting success in the Sky Bet Championship before suffering defeat in the Carabao Cup. 

The Midlands club are back at their home again in the vast surroundings of the Ricoh Arena and there is a feel good sense about the place once more after a few years in exile.

Their last gasp comeback win against Nottingham Forest on Sunday gave the fans plenty to cheer, however the midweek defeat to Northampton Town will have left a slightly bitter taste in the mouth of Mark Robins.

The club are now preparing for a tough game this coming weekend against a Barnsley side who are looking to bounce back from last season’s play-off heartbreak.

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Here, we take a look at TWO tweaks that Mark Robins may consider making to his Coventry XI ahead of the game…

Walker in line to start?

Tyler Walker started and scored against Northampton and could now be knocking on the door to feature for the Sky Blues from the beginning against Barnsley.

The 24-year-old striker is looking to start again in his career after leaving Nottingham Forest permanently for the Ricoh Arena and will be looking to build on the eight goals he got last season.

Robins has experimented with his formation in the first two games, which means there could be room for Walker to slip into the XI from the beginning.

Make no mistake, the pressure is building for the Coventry boss to hand the frontman a start.

Three or four at the back?

Coventry utilised a back three in the win over Forest but opted to use a back four against Northampton, which suggests that Robins is willing to experiment in order to get results.

Barnsley have retained their usual back three style from the Valerien Ismael era and for that reason the Sky Blues may wish to match them up in terms of formation.

The Midlands outfit dominated possession in both of their opening games, so there is clearly no worries over keeping the ball.

It’s just that the main problem that they will have to deal with against the Tykes is restricting the service that they get to their wide players, with the likes of Callum Brittain and Ben Williams liking to stay high and close to the touchline.


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