Preston North End will be hosting Coventry City at the Deepdale Stadium on Matchday 13 of the 2021-22 EFL Championship season. The Lilywhites are currently 18th in the EFL standings, with just 12 points from their opening 12 games. They have only recorded two wins so far, and are just four points away from the relegation zone. Coventry City, on the other hand, are fourth in the EFL standings with 23 points from their 12 games. The Sky Blues are in serious contention to finish in one of the playoff places at the end of the season, and should also be trying to finish in the top two, as they are just two points behind second-placed West Brom.
Preston North End are going through a poor period, as they have not won any of their last seven league games. They have suffered just one defeat, and have drawn the other six games. On the other hand, the visitors have just lost one of their last six games as well, but have won four of the remaining five. Based on their recent form and league positions, one can expect Coventry City to come out victorious from this game.
Preston North End have managed to score only 12 goals from their opening 12 games, and have underachieved their xG of 13.66. They have taken 8.8 shots on goal per 90 minutes and have hit the target 3.3 times every 90 minutes. On the other hand, with both teams on the opposite ends of the table, Coventry City will be expected to score more goals and register a win against Preston North End.
The above viz shows the positional attacks by various teams per 90 minutes in the league this season. The Lilywhites have had a decent record and have had almost 25 attacks per 90 minutes, but have been only able to score one goal per game. On the other hand, the visitors have recorded more than 27 attacks per game and scored 1.5 goals per 90 minutes. The above viz shows the number of passes by each team into the final third. Here, one can notice that Preston North End have recorded more passes into the final third than the SkyBlues. This stat tends to hint that Preston have been more attack-minded with their passing.
When looking at the passes into the penalty area, Coventry City have clearly had more passes than The Lilywhites. The above two visuals together show us that both teams have had a similar tendency to attack and put in passes into the attacking third. But, Coventry City have the better and more creative midfielders, who have been effective in the final third to put in passes into the box.
The PPDA values in the above viz show the passes an opponent makes before the team puts in a defensive action. The lesser the PPDA value, the better the team is in defending. One can notice that defensively, both Preston North End and Coventry City have similar stats and PPDA values. The Lilywhites have conceded 15 goals in their 12 games, while Coventry have conceded 14.
Both teams might be on the opposite ends of the table, but the statistics show that this will be a close game. Coventry City’s attacks and more goals are what has kept them near the top end of the table, but on a good day, Preston North End do have the capability to surprise any team in the Championship.
We expect this to be a goalscoring draw, with a 2-2 scoreline.
Preston North End’s Predicted Starting Lineup(3-4-1-2):
GK: Daniel Iversen, CBs: Jordan Storey, Patrick Bauer and Andrew Hughes; RWB: Sepp Van Den Berg, CDMs: Ryan Ledson and Alan Browne, LWB: Josh Earl, CAM: Daniel Johnson, RCF: Emil Riis Jakobsen, LCF: Saan Maguire (Injuries: Ched Evans and Connor Wickham)
Coventry City’s Predicted Starting Lineup:
GK: Simon Moore, CBs: Dominic Hyam, Kyle McFadzean and Michael Rose, RWB: Fankaty Dabo, CDMs: Liam Kelly and Ben Sheaf, LWB: Todd Kane, CAM O’Hare, CFs: Martyn Waghorn, Tyler Walker (Injuries: Viktor Gyokeres and Matt Godden[suspended])