The Sky Blues should be able to close this game out if striking first.
Coventry v Chesterfield - Tuesday 19:45
Coventry scored the first goal and failed to win for the fifth time this season at Walsall on Saturday, but their point in the M6 derby was enough to lift them out of the bottom four for the first time since mid-August. Now they have an opportunity to put daylight between themselves and the drop zone with victory over second-bottom Chesterfield.
Their breakthrough at the Banks’s Stadium means they’ve drawn first blood before half time in seven of their last nine matches with goals timed at 23, 21, 2, 36, 1, 28, 28 and 36 minutes. The major difference between the caretaker stewardship of Mark Venus and the end days of Tony Mowbray is that matches are now being closed out better. The Sky Blues seem rather more relaxed.
The season might going nothing like Coventry wanted or expected but, for Chesterfield, it’s in danger of spiralling wildly out of control. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Charlton was their sixth on the spin and their only goal in that time was a meaningless consolation at home to Accrington Stanley when they were already 3-0 down.
They did at least hold out for 86 minutes at The Valley, stretching their state of parity to 245 minutes for October, but in the 295 minutes they’ve been behind, they’ve seldom looked capable of finding an equaliser, hitting the target just once every 41 minutes on average. Stick a point on the Coventry/Coventry half time/full time bet at 2/1 or better.