Form

Coventry sit 21st in the form table going into this game having accumulated just 2 points from their last six games. Simon Grayson also has cause for concern, with Leeds having managed just 7 points from their last six games, dropping them to 15th in the form table.

Goal scoring

Coventry haven’t struggled to create chances in 2010-11, having taken more shots than all but two other teams in the Championship. Despite the high shot count, Coventry have struggled to convert their chances and managed just 33 goals so far.

By contrast, Leeds United have had no trouble finding the back of the net and have now scored more goals than anyone else in the division with an impressive total of 54.

Coventry City’s goal-scoring chart is headed by three players; Gary McSheffrey, Marlon King and Freddy Eastwood who are all tied on 5 goals each. Leeds meanwhile have six players that have managed more than that – Luciano Becchio (14), Davide Somma (10), Max Gradel (9), Jonathan Howson (8), Robert Snodgrass (6) and Bradley Johnson (6).

An interesting stat is that these two sides have hit the woodwork more times this season than anyone else. Coventry have seen their shots bounce back 18 times, whilst Leeds haven’t had much better luck having struck the posts 17 times.

Defence

For Leeds United fans, the less said about the defence the better. Only two teams have conceded more goals than the Whites this season – bottom of the table Preston and 21st place Crystal Palace.

Coventry, despite having a negative goal difference have faired much better than Leeds having conceded 13 less goals in their 29 games so far.

Discipline

Leeds United continue to live up to the ‘Dirty Leeds’ stereotype with more fouls and yellow cards than anyone else in the division. Coventry’s discipline record isn’t much better either, and they too occupy the upper reaches of the named and shamed list.

Leeds United – One to watch

Such is the overwhelming quality of Leeds United’s attacking options, this week’s one to watch may not even start the game, but Davide Somma is a man everyone should be keeping an eye on. His goal per minutes ratio makes him the most consistent goal scorer in the Championship, averaging a goal every 91 minutes he’s played so far this season.

Coventry City – One to watch

Topping both Coventry City’s goal scoring and assist chart, and an ex-Leeds United player to boot, all eyes this week have to be on Gary McSheffrey. His whining antics when he wasn’t signed up by Simon Grayson – mainly because he was useless – have made him a target for ridicule amongst Leeds United fans as demonstrated brilliantly by MoscoWhite on The Square Ball’s new blog.

Head-to-head

Coventry City fans may want to look away now as the head-to-head statistics won’t make pleasant reading for the Sky Blues. Of the 80 games played between these two sides, Leeds United have won 42, drawn 21 and lost just 17 times.

In the last 15 meetings between Coventry and Leeds, Coventry have won just once (1-0 at home in September 2006).

The last meeting

The last time Leeds United and Coventry met was back in November when the Whites finished up as 3-2 winners in a nail-biting attacking encounter. [Coventry 2-3 Leeds match report]

  • Loved them diamond floodlights

    Never forget that 4-0 drubbing at highfield road there ground had been made all seater by jimmy hill and it was £5 to get in I don’t remember the year but a fiver was a fortune then lol

    I do remember Peter barnes and lots of said seats landing on the side of the pitch shame none hit him actually, £850,000 was a lot of brass for that carthorse
    Does anyone have any memories of that day? Think it was the start of season Swansea done us on opening day 4 something I think

    • jason

      lost 5-1 to swansea on opening day

  • Lambrettaman

    Where’s the ‘who the fuck are Coventry’ thread?

    I’m disappointed.

    • TSS

      @LambrettaMan

      We all know who Coventry are. No need for explanation. Famous team that we have nothing but respect for are the sky blues.

    • Mark Richardson

      Yep. We know them. They’ve been in the premier league and before that the old first division for a decent portion of their existence.

      Hull City, on the other hand, continue to point to the “rivalry” between them and Leeds. A friend of mine during conversation recently said to me that Leeds are one of Ipswich’s biggest “rivals”, and although we don’t care about them either, they are much closer to it than you are, having actually won stuff.

      On a completely different matter, I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I was at the Ricoh earlier in the season, and must say it was quite possibly the best match I’ve been to all season, and most certainly one of the best atmospheres. Infact, on atmosphere I think you only lost out to Arsenal in the replay.

      We look forward to seeing you an wish you a cracking match

  • Loved them diamond floodlights

    In-between servicing my flick hammer and stuffing pool balls in my hiking sock in preparation for tomorrows battle I got all nostalgic apologies won’t happen again lol

  • Altrinchamandrew

    Was at the Ricoh in November: great result. Looking forward to seeing ” she said no Marlon, she said No” King: was very amusing for a 20 mins constant singing!
    Let’s start winning again tomorrow: run in starts now!

  • Mark Richardson

    was a crackin atmosphere too Andrew. Absolutely loved it down there that day, quality game, quality result, quality atmosphere. Hope for more tomorrow

  • Craig

    I read this on another website – Kilkenny is determined to do just that and help mark what is likely to be his final season at Elland Road – his contract expires in the summer and talks broke down last year. I know Johnson is away also I also think Snodgrass’s contract expires. Can you clarify, are there others! ?

    • Colin

      @Craig key players out of contract info:

      end of 2010/11 season – Johnson, Kilkenny and loans end for Watt, McCartney
      end of 2011/12 season – Howson, Schmeichel
      end of 2012/13 season – Snodgrass (i think though he might be 2011/12 as well?)