Coventry City vs Birmingham City preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups, kick-off time and ones to watch
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Coventry City host Birmingham City in a Midlands derby at the CBS Arena on Tuesday night.

The Sky Blues picked up a point against Sheffield United that kept them in fifth place in the EFL Championship.

Birmingham have lost consecutive matches against Reading and Hull City, dropping them to 15th in the table.

Team news

Martyn Waghorn is in non-contact training for Coventry as he continues rehab from a shoulder injury.

Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter was withdrawn at halftime against Bristol City with a sore achilles and looks set to miss out here.

Midfielder Josh Eccles made his return last Saturday after missing three months with a hip injury that required surgery.

Birmingham will be severely shorthanded as Ivan Sanchez will continue to miss out, having only played two games this season due to a pelvic injury.

Midfielder Gary Gardner picked up his second red card of the season against Hull and will begin serving a four-match suspension.

George Friend, Maxime Colin and Kristian Pedersen are all out, but Pedersen could be nearing a return from his hamstring issue. 

Manchester United loanee Tahith Chong is expected to miss four to five months following a thigh injury suffered in training. Jordan Graham is a doubt to face his former club.

Predicted lineups

Coventry City: Moore; Hyam, McFadzean, Rose; Maatsen, Sheaf, Hamer, Dabo; O'Hare; Gyokeres, Godden

Birmingham City: Sarkic; Dean, Roberts, Sanderson; Bela, Sunjic, Woods, Oakley; McGree, Deeney, Hogan

Ones to watch

Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City)

He turned in a brilliant performance against hometown club Sheffield United last time out, solid in organizing the Coventry defence, cleared the danger well and made some terrific blocks late on.

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Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City)

In a dismal effort against Hull, the Croatian was the only Birmingham player to have a decent outing. He kept running, covering and battling for the majority of the match.

Previous meetings

The last four matchups between Coventry and Birmingham have ended in draws.

In the Sky Blues' return to the Championship last season, they battled to a 1-1 draw at St. Andrews.

Jeremie Bela gave the Blues the lead with an 18th-minute penalty before Gustavo Hamer equalized in the 29th minute.

How to watch

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football. Kick-off is set for 19:45 GMT.

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