Coventry can continue winning in front of the cameras at Bradford
Crisis-club Coventry City have defied gravity by storming into the top half of League One, despite being landed with a 10-point deduction at the start of this season.
In a match shown live on TV, they visit a Bradford side who haven’t won in six and are taken to heap further misery on Phil Parkinson’s Bantams at Valley Parade.
Coventry to win @ 7/5
Don’t be fooled by the Sky Blues’ mid-table perch – Steven Pressley’s side would be above Brentford in fourth place were it not for the demerit imposed on them after dipping their toe into administration over the summer.
Pressley has worked wonders since and Coventry come into this clash off the back of four wins on the spin in all competitions.
They are unbeaten in eight matches and earned a creditable 1-1 draw against League One-leaders Wolves at Molineux last month.
Meanwhile, Bradford are in freefall and Parkinson has seen his team defeated in three of their last five league games, after only losing once in their first 10 League One matches following promotion via the play-offs last term.
Against a Coventry side that have not lost on the road since September they will struggle to get their campaign back on track and are readily opposed.
Leon Clarke to score the first goal @5/1
With 11 strikes apiece in the third tier of English football this season, there is little to choose between League One joint-top marksmen Clarke and Callum Wilson in the first-scorer market.
The pair share favouritism to break the deadlock with Bradford’s Nakhi Wells, but Clarke gets the nod having struck first in six matches so far this season compared to his teammates three openers.
The 28-year-old – a veteran of 14 different clubs during a 10-year career – has scored five goals in his last five league games and bagged braces against Sheffield United and Notts County recently.
He couldn’t get on the scoresheet in the 3-1 FA Cup defeat of AFC Wimbledon last time out and will be all the more eager to take the lead in his personal duel with Wilson at Sixfields.
Over 2.5 goals @ 5/6
Coventry have amassed an incredible tally of 34 League One strikes already in 2013/14, which is the second-highest number of goals scored by any team in the division behind second-placed Leyton Orient.
Nine of their 15 league games this season have featured at least three net-bulgers and Capital One and FA Cup ties against Orient and Wimbledon have produced nine goals between them.
Forwards Clarke and Wilson have grabbed the headlines with their striking prowess, but Belgian midfielder Frank Moussa has also chipped in with six League One goals so far, plus one in the Capital One Cup.
Their opponents have conceded two or more in three of their last four outings – which includes a 3-0 defeat last time out in the FA Cup at Rotherham – so there’s little reason to think this modest goal target will not be reached here.