Saturday, July 24, 2010


FRIENDLY : Walsall- Coventry City

Something of a local derby here and I would not be surprised if the crowd was split almost 50/50 between supporters of the two teams. City fans are sure to travel in decent numbers to see the debut of a returning favourite son in Lee Carsley, who has signed from EPL side Birmingham, Carsley is vastly experienced and will be a steadying influence in midfield, he has been given the captain's armband and goes straight into the squad today. City are yet to concede a goal in pre-season, that's four clean sheets and they are looking very solid at the back, but remain short of options upfront and are maybe a striker away from putting in a concerted playoff push.

Hosts were woeful against a youthful Wolverhampton Wanderers side in midweek, with the EPL side running in four unanswered goals and the number could have been much greater, I had a contact at the game and he said it was hard to believe how poor the home side were, even accounting for the opposition and Wolves were far from a first eleven. The Saddlers have a very young and small squad and unless they add some numbers in the next month or so, could very easily struggle in Division 1 this season. They created very little last season, with a league low 176 attempts on target, a number which makes their tenth place finish hard to comprehend and it is probably true that they overperformed last time round. Their midfield is sadly lacking any experience at all really and it is a Carsley type that these youngsters need, with very few league games between them. I do not see them getting too much joy in the centre of the park today, they are still trying to come to terms with their new 4-3-3 formation and are likely to play a couple of players still some way short of 100%, City giving up a quarter ball looks the way to go.

Coventry -0.25 ball 2.0 asian line.

Good Luck.

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