Coventry City bounced back from their 5-0 hammering at the hands of Luton Town a week before with a brilliant second half display in the match against Fulham at home. Their 4-1 victory over Fulham means that they remain unbeaten at home in the EFL Championship this season.
The Sky Blues are placed third in the Championship table, level on points with the Baggies and a point above Stoke City. They have seven wins, one draw and three losses from 11 games in the Championship. Whether they can continue their impressive form as the season progresses is another story. But for now, Mark Robbins has done a brilliant job in maintaining his side’s 100% home record.
In their recent match against the Cottagers, Coventry went 0-1 down in the 18th minute when McFadzean headed the ball into his net from a set-piece. Coventry came back strong in the second half and were clearly the better team. Both Godden and Gyokeres were threatening in front of the goal and got on the scoresheet. Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen added one as well to make the final scoreline 4-1. Gyokeres was especially more threatening as he grabbed a brace.
Having made their way up from League Two in the 2017-18 season, Coventry’s form for the past four seasons has been laudable. They have done well climbing up the Football pyramid.
Let’s examine some stats to see if Coventry have what it takes to push for the play-off spot.
Overall, Coventry dominated most of the attacking stats. Both Godden and Gyokeres led the xG chart. Coventry’s xG of 2.30 surpassed that of Fulham, 0.74. McFadzean led the charts in terms of aerial duels won.
In terms of xG and xG per 90, Coventry are placed third in the league behind Fulham and West Bromwich Albion.
In the previous game, Fulham started the game as a more threatening side, Coventry bounced back in the second half as indicated by the xT timeline. In terms of the xG timeline, the Sky Blues dominated in both halves.
Coventry are top of the league in terms of counterattacks and counterattacks per 90. It indicates just how effective they have been in catching their opponents on the break and transitions. In addition, they lead these metrics by a high margin.
Their defensive solidity is indicated by the above chart. They are placed top of the Championship in terms of both successful defensive duels and successful defensive duels per 90.
Their PPDA value places them at a respectable twelfth spot while their average challenge intensity places them in fourth spot. These metrics illustrate that Coventry apply defensive pressure effectively and with high intensity.
Coventry’s form and success will be heavily dependent on their attackers as the season moves forward, especially Gyokeres. They are set to take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park after the international break. If Coventry can replicate their second-half performance in their recent game against Fulham as the season progresses, then they can definitely be hopeful for the coveted play-off spot.