Coventry City will be look to get back to winning ways in League One on Sunday when they face Sunderland at St Andrew’s.
The Sky Blues, who are currently second in the third-tier standings, clinched a point in their clash with promotion rivals Rotherham United on Tuesday thanks to a second-half strike from Matt Godden.
Having only lost once in all competitions since the turn of the year, Coventry ought to fancy their chances of taking the game to a resurgent Sunderland side.
Following a relatively underwhelming start to the season, the Black Cats have climbed up to fourth in League One under the guidance of Phil Parkinson.
With just three points separating these two sides in the standings, this particular clash promises to be an enthralling affair.
Whilst Coventry will be without long-term absentees Wesley Jobello and Dan Bartlett for this fixture, manager Mark Robins could opt to include Jodi Jones in his match-day squad.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the fixture, David Prutton has predicted that the Sky Blues will beat Sunderland 2-1 this weekend.
The 38-year-old said: “Coventry’s winning run came to an end in midweek, but they will still have been content with a point against League One leaders Rotherham.
“Sunderland snuck a late point on Tuesday night, and they have their eyes on Coventry on Sunday, knowing a win could potentially send them into the top tow.
“This could go either way, but I’ll back a narrow home win.”
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Whilst Coventry will be under no illusion about the threats that Sunderland will pose on Sunday, there is no reason why they cannot seal a positive result at St Andrew’s.
Having won six of their last seven games in League One, the Sky Blues will be brimming with confidence heading into this fixture and thus may prove to be too strong for the Black Cats.
If the likes of Godden, Maxime Biamou and Callum O’Hare are all able to deliver the goods, Coventry could send out a real signal of intent to the rest of the third-tier this weekend.
By beating Sunderland, the Sky Blues could use the momentum gained from this result to push on in the coming weeks under the guidance of Robins.