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Coventry City might just be one of the pleasant surprises of the Championship season thus far as we head into the international break.

The Sky Blues currently find themselves placed in fourth as we enter the final break of 2021, with the team putting on an impressive performance against Bristol City in the meeting last weekend where they came from behind to win the game whilst having 10 men on the field.

Coventry had recently suffered a small dip in form, with the team having been able to win just once in five matches before that meeting, which was a top victory against Fulham; one many would have got some excellent betting odds on from the bookmakers available on the Canadian betting-sites.ca.

Mark Robins’ side now sit four points clear of Blackburn Rovers who sit just outside of the playoffs and it would seem that Sky Sports’ EFL pundit, David Prutton, has confidence in the team maintaining their position throughout the remainder of the long Championship season.

He was speaking on Sky Sports’ latest EFL podcast where he suggested that the team has already shown enough quality about them and that they should be able to maintain their place and keep things going as well as they are.

He said: “I mean time will obviously tell, and that’s not trying to row back from any form of prediction, but the fact is that you look at, you mentioned just as we were discussing them to start with about having a slightly inconsistent run, but fourth in the Championship I mean to have that inconsistent run in recent weeks and then still be in there is phenomenal really and the job that he’s done with the players that he’s got again it’s the collective where the strength really shines through.

“I think in recent weeks there have been not murmurs, but attention paid to the likes of Callum O’Hare who really is their key creative presence in the middle of the pitch in the position he plays because of the standards he had set so far this season.

“Gyokeres we spoke about at length earlier on in the season that’s ebbed and flowed and when that’s ebbed in that regard you’ve seen Matty Godden come back to it and helped to get the goals that’s fired them to that particular victory.

“And I think given the fact that they managed to navigate that game with a man down, and what we’ve seem and yes we look at the Fulham game and that was a really statement victory, and the very fine margins to see that game off and put Fulham to the sword shows just what the championship is like.

“But I think given the way we’ve spoken about the top two and then obviously you chuck West Brom into that as well running around in third, that I think it is a really pleasingly open set of places that is open for the play-offs because you look at those remaining places to at least half way down the table, and there’s so many there duking it out and what Coventry have done so far is fantastic.”

Indeed, given how Coventry are playing at the moment and where they currently sit in the Championship table, they have shown that they are not just in the division to make up the numbers this season and that they want to challenge for the biggest prizes in football.

It has been a very long time since the Sky Blues were in the Premier League and one that many who support the club may not have felt was something that will have been possible for quite a while yet, however if they keep playing as they do once the final international break comes to an end, then it could be a real possibility.