Championship

The Coventry Building Society Arena

Saturday 4th December 2021 -  12:30
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West Bromwich Albion will come up against Midlands rivals Coventry City for the first time since March 2010 on Saturday lunchtime (ko 12.30pm).

The Baggies make the short trip to the Coventry Building Society Arena where they will be targeting a much-needed return to winning ways.

Albion have drawn three and lost one of their last four games and were held to a frustrating 0-0 stalemate by Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns last Friday night.

Hosts Coventry have been one of the most impressive teams so far this season in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Sky Blues, managed by Mark Robins, sit sixth on 33 points from their opening 20 games, collecting more than two thirds of those points in front of their own fans.

And after an absence of over 20 years, City supporters are once again dreaming of dining at English football’s top table, with a push for Premier League promotion looking likely to continue into the second half of the campaign.

Albion make the short trip to the CBS Arena on Saturday

How to follow the game

As Saturday's clash is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, video streams will not be available on WBA TV Matchday.

Overseas video subscribers can still access live audio commentary, while UK subscribers can tune in as normal. Owing to technical difficulties at the CBS Arena, this afternoon's commentary will be provided by BBC Radio WM, and not WBA Radio.

If you don’t have a subscription, you can purchase an audio match pass for £2.50 here.

Listen live from 12.15pm on Saturday here.

WBA TV Matchday

Opposition

Coventry City’s class of 2021/22 are hoping to become the first group of players to propel the Sky Blues back into the Premier League since the club suffered relegation in 2000/01.

During the 20 years away from the top flight, Coventry have played in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two, using four different stadiums as their home ground.

After leaving Highfield Road behind in 2005, the Sky Blues have played home matches at Sixfields Stadium and St Andrew’s, as well as their current venue the Coventry Building Society Arena.

It’s been a turbulent couple of decades for the club, but with the help of manager Mark Robins, Coventry are on the rise once again.

Robins, whose first stint as manager came between September 2012 and February 2013, was appointed boss for the second time in March 2017 with the Sky Blues facing relegation from League One. 

Despite dropping into the fourth tier at the end of the 2016/17 term, Robins won promotion back to the third tier in his first full season via the play-offs before earning a second promotion two years later as Coventry were crowned League One champions in 2019/20.

The Sky Blues finished a very respectable 16th last season, and this time around, they’re mounting a serious promotion push.

Coventry sit sixth in the table, one point behind the Baggies, largely thanks to a strong home record. Robins’ men have won seven and lost just one of their 10 league matches in CV6, with leaders Fulham the only side to have a better record in front of their own supporters. 

But Saturday’s hosts know they’ll need to start picking up victories regularly again. They’ve won just one of their last five, drawing their last three. 

The Sky Blues have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season

Classic clash

Albion scored four times in the second half to beat Coventry City in November 2007.

Sky Blues forward Michael Mifsud was dismissed for a dangerous challenge early on, and the Baggies took full advantage of the extra man after the break.

Paul Robinson opened the scoring before Filipe Teixeira bagged a brace. Slovenian midfielder Robert Koren added another in the final minute as Albion headed home with a big win.

Did you know?

Albion have won eight of the 11 meetings in all competitions this century, scoring 20 goals without reply in those matches.

Both teams have scored in just one of the 11 clashes.

Roman Bednar scores at Coventry from the spot in 2008

The Baggies will don their black away kit on Saturday afternoon.

You can order it here.

Defender Matt Clarke in our black away kit

LV BET's latest odds 

Albion are priced 13/10 (2.30) to beat Coventry City this Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion’s last eight wins against the Sky Blues all came about without letting in a single goal.

We’ve got the Baggies to win the fixture without conceding at 53/20 (3.65) and secure a 0-1 victory at 6/1 (7.00) - a 0-2 win is also available at 11/1 (12.00).

If you’re looking to back a goalscorer this weekend, Karlan Grant leads the market at 41/20 (3.05) to score at any time, with Callum Robinson close behind at 21/10 (3.10).

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Additional information

Supporters attending this fixture are advised to plan their travel well in advance of the game.

A reduced train service, with limited capacity, is in operation between Coventry Central and Coventry Arena and fans are advised to use alternative transport.  

West Bromwich Albion returned to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship thanks to a 2-1 victory at Midlands rivals Coventry City on Saturday lunchtime.

The Baggies went in at the break two goals up after Karlan Grant notched his ninth of the campaign before Sky Blues defender Kyle McFadzean turned into his own net under pressure from Kyle Bartley and Cedric Kipre.

McFadzean headed home a late consolation for the home side, but Albion held on to claim three much-needed points, propelling them to within six points of the top two.

Valérien Ismaël’s men made a confident start in Coventry, applying early pressure and trying to keep the ball inside the Sky Blues’ half of the pitch.

And their dominant opening was rewarded after 20 minutes when Grant bagged his ninth league goal of the season.

Callum Robinson slipped a perfectly-timed ball through the home side’s defence and the Albion No.18 fired beyond Simon Moore.

KG goal
Karlan Grant scored Albion's first at the CBS Arena

The Baggies then had a number of opportunities to double their advantage at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Grant’s dangerous ball into the box was failed to be finished off by Darnell Furlong and then Grady Diangana, before Furlong found the gloves of Moore after making connection with Conor Townsend’s left-wing cross.

In a rare first-half foray forward, the hosts almost got themselves back level with less than ten minutes remaining until the break.

Todd Kane was picked out on the right side of the penalty area and his cross hit the boot of Kyle Bartley, ricocheting off the near post and bouncing away from danger.

Academy graduate Taylor Gardner-Hickman, making just his third league appearance for Albion, fired over the bar from the edge of the box, while Robinson also couldn’t keep an effort down when the ball fell to him following one of Furlong’s trademark long throws.

But the Baggies did eventually get the second goal their first-half showing deserved and it came just two minutes before the whistle.

Furlong took a clever quick throw and drove into the penalty area from the right, sent in a dangerous delivery across the six-yard box, where it hit a number of bodies including Cedric Kipre, Kyle Bartley and then finally Coventry defender Kyle McFadzean before bobbling in.

OG Coventry
Pinball inside the box as Albion force home a second

Mark Robins’ team came out with more attacking intent in the second 45 and started putting the Baggies under more pressure at the back. 

Midfielder Ben Sheaf tested Sam Johnstone from 30 yards, but the England international safely watched it whistle wide of his far post. 

Matty Godden was next to test Albion’s No.1, striking straight into his gloves on the turn inside the area. 

And as the clock hit 65 minutes, Todd Kane volleyed wide at the back post having met Fankaty Dabo’s centre from the left. 

At the other end, a bursting run from substitute Adam Reach saw him head to the byline and cross into the middle, but Grant couldn’t generate enough power on his header and Moore made a comfortable stop.

The hosts then had two chances in the space of 60 seconds with just over ten minutes remaining. Sheaf blazed an effort way over the bar from 20 yards before Furlong flung himself in the way of Dabo’s goal-bound effort.

However, Coventry did breach the Baggies’ backline in the 83rd minute when McFadzean’s thumping header nestled in the corner of the net to bring the score back to 2-1. 

But it proved to be nothing more than an end to Sam Johnstone’s run of clean sheets as the Baggies secured a crucial three points. 

Albion; Johnstone; Kipre, Bartley (c), Clarke; Furlong, Gardner-Hickman (Ajayi 86), Mowatt, Townsend; Diangana (Hugill 55), Robinson (Reach 69), Grant.

Substitutes: Button, Taylor, Fellows, Tulloch.