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Coventry City vs Port Vale : A League One Preview

Tuesday 21st March 2017
We're going to take a look into a relegation battle between two clubs that aren't having much success as of late. Port Vale and Coventry City are two clubs in this struggle within League One. They both meet tonight at the Ricoh Arena in an important match up.

First, let's take a look at Port Vale. This is their 4th season in League One. Their previous league finishes have been 9th, 18th, and 12th. However, this season has been difficult for the Valiants as they are currently in 21st place. The only plus side for them is that they have 2 wins and a draw in their last 5 games.
Port Vale sit just 2 points inside the relegation zone but have 2 games in hand over Shrewsbury who are above relegation. Even better for them is that they have 3 games in hand over many of the other teams surrounding relegation. Port Vale's last game was a 2-1 win against Shrewsbury, meaning that they might have the momentum to go into the Coventry game tonight.

Coventry City, on the other hand, has had trouble all season. Since 2011 there have been on and off protests from Coventry City supporters towards club owners "SISU". This was due to cutbacks and financial crisis within the club. Games have been halted in recent years from protests. Since October 2016 there have been 4 games that have had to be stopped.
This season for Coventry hasn't been a memorable one and with no win for over a month, it isn't exactly what fans have wanted. In their last 6 games, Coventry have lost 5 and drawn 1.  They have not scored a single goal in 4 games. These are definitely worrying times for Coventry fans and they will need to pull something out the bag against Port vale tonight.

Coventry are bottom of League One with 26 points. This means they are 17 points behind Shrewsbury who sit just above relegation. However, if Port Vale wins tonight the gap will be 18 points. For Coventry, it is mathematically possible to stay up this season but merely possible. Many fans knew the season was in strife a while ago with how the club has been dealt and they want to seek retribution.

Port Vale have players such as ex-Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor who has 4 goals from the back. They also have Chris Eagles, a former player of Burnley and Bolton Wanderers. Port Vale are managed by a manager/player; a rare thing to see in English football these days.
Michael Brown has played 3 games this season. He has taken on the role of caretaker manager since Bruno Ribeiro's resignation in 2016. Brown has also been forced to sell key players and bring in players on free transfers. This shows that a player is capable of having to make big decisions like an experienced manager does.

Coventry have the likes of Marcus Tudgay and Kevin Foley in their side. Two players that bring experience to the squad and players they need. For Coventry, they have been struggling in the goal department. Mark Robins' side will need the win tonight at the Ricoh Arena. If they don't get anything, however, more protests could unravel.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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