Championship expert casts prediction for Stoke City’s trip to Coventry City


Stoke City are tipped to get a third away draw in a row when they take on Coventry by Sky Sports’ EFL pundit David Prutton.

Coventry lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in their last game, but it was their first defeat in nine matches.

They had beaten Cardiff City, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers, and drawn with Birmingham City, Derby County, Norwich City, Luton Town and Huddersfield Town.

Stoke have kept a remarkable 10 clean sheets in 12 away matches this season and will head to St Andrew’s on the back of a 1-0 home win over Blackburn last week.

Prutton is predicting a 1-1 between Coventry and Stoke on Boxing Day.

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Stoke are hoping to have John Obi Mikel available after a calf injury while Joe Bursik is back in the squad after being cup-tied in mid-week.

Coventry goalkeeper Marko Marosi has provided an encouraging update as he continues the road to recovery from injury. He has been out of action for almost the past month, after suffering a fractured cheekbone and eye socket in the 1-0 victory over Cardiff City.

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Since then, he has undergone surgery and has now posted a picture of the customised face mask he has to wear, which should enable him to join in training.

Captain Liam Kelly is facing up to three months out of action with a groin injury.

Gustavo Hamer is expected to return to midfield after serving a suspension while talismanic striker Matt Godden made his comeback from the bench at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

Tyler Walker limped out of that game with a calf strain.

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Here are Prutton’s other predictions for the Championship programme:

Barnsley vs Huddersfield 2-2

Blackburn vs Sheffield Wednesday 2-1

Bristol City vs Wycombe 2-1

Cardiff vs Brentford 1-2

QPR vs Swansea 0-2

Watford vs Norwich 1-2

Derby County vs Preston North End 1-0

Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham 2-1

Reading vs Luton 1-1





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