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Disillusion is still rife at Coventry City and their future in their home town is far from assured, a far cry from years past when they were long-time residents in the English top-flight and commanding gates in excess of 20,000 on a regular basis.
The Sky Blues now find themselves in the fourth-tier of the domestic game although there are signs that a move back up the football pyramid could be on the cards. Coventry sit third in League Two as things stand and should they manage to hold onto this position they will find themselves back in the third tier. With their last five games returning fifteen points, we believe that they can continue in a similar vein in their league campaign and give Premier League side Stoke City plenty to think about when they visit the Ricoh Arena in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The Potters are struggling this season and find themselves dangerously close to the foot of the Premier League table. Many fans are questioning whether it might be the right time to replace boss Mark Hughes and many on the board may well be asking the same question. Stoke appear to have stagnated this term and given the quality of their squad, they should certainly be showing more in the way of fighting spirit to that which we have witnessed thus far. With just one win in seven matches, Hughes is on a sticky wicket one feels and we believe that the inevitable is just being delayed.
Coventry may be enjoying some fine form at the moment and confidence may be low at Stoke City, however we don’t envisage any upsets in this match. The Potters will be very much up for this match and they have already enjoyed some easy wins over lower-league opposition in recent seasons. This should prove to be a relatively routine affair and we’ll be backing the Potters on the handicap market with Stoke City to win -2 up for grabs at 13/2 with Betfair Free bets
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