Norwich v Coventry - Tuesday 19:45
For over an hour on Saturday, Coventry looked as though they were going to oblige for Oddschecker followers who backed them to beat Bradford at nearly 4/1. The Sky Blues were 1-0 up and in control until a red card-penalty double-whammy midway through the second half blew their game plan apart. Eight minutes later, they were 3-1 down. Out of nowhere.
But let’s not lose faith in Tony Mowbray’s men just yet. The former Middlesbrough boss was keen to take the positives afterwards and his forgiving nature can facilitate more of the same on the road against a Norwich side preoccupied with a promotion push. Take the 6/1 available on the away win at Carrow Road.
Alex Neil will surely rotate just two days after an East Anglian derby. The Canaries were given a bye in the last round but ten of the 21 Championship teams who did participate at the first hurdle went out to lower league opposition, indicating a climate change of apathy towards the competition on a cost-value basis in the context of a 46-game season.
For Coventry, the incentive in Norfolk isn’t necessarily the prospect of pulling a big club in the third round, more a matter of boosting morale in their ongoing search for a first win in League One. It might not sound like the most fiery motivation but it sums up the mood in some quarters that it could be the difference.