Coventry City vs Wigan Athletic: Championship Match Preview, Gameweek 20, 2022
Image is of the CBS Arena, home of Coventry City FC. Taken just before the clubs previous mid-week match against Blackburn Rovers by Lee Parker for Getty images. 

Tuesday evening’s EFL Championship fixture between Coventry City and Wigan Athletic is expected to be an entertaining encounter, with both sides aiming for the win.

The Sky Blues will be full of confidence ahead of the match, following their victory over Watford at the weekend, setting a new club record of five away clean sheets on the bounce in the process. 

Elsewhere, Wigan Athletic will be keen to bounce back, after blowing a two-goal lead to draw against in-form Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

Team news

Illness is still taking it’s toll within the Coventry City squad, with numerous players dropped or left out of Saturday’s win. One of these was loanee Callum Doyle, who is expected to return to the match-day squad. 

Elsewhere, Jake Bidwell could return to the starting line-up, but will face stiff competition from youngster Jack Burroughs who put in an excellent performance last time out. The club remain without Liam Kelly, Fankaty Dabo and Matt Godden who are all out injured, further stretching an already small squad. 

Elsewhere, Wigan Athletic received a major injury boost at the weekend, with the return of forward Callum Lang after he recovered from an injury. 

Jordan Cousins was dropped to the bench at the weekend, in favour of Charlie Wyke, a move that could be kept despite a disappointing result after being two goals ahead. Midfielder Graeme Shinnie is also available after missing the previous league game through suspension. 

Likely lineups 

Coventry City 

Wilson (GK), Eccles, Rose, McFadzean, Panzo, Burroughs, Hamer, Sheaf, Allen, Palmer, Gyokeres (5-2-2-1)

Wigan Athletic 

Jones (GK), Kerr, Whatmough, Tilt, Darikwa, Shinnie, Naylor, McClean, Broadhead, Wyke, Keane (3-4-3)

  • Form guide

Coventry City 

Going into Tuesday’s game, the Sky Blues have won four of their previous six league games. This run includes impressive victories against promotion chasing Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers. The club have also kept clean sheets in their two previous league games and will be keen to make it three. 

Wigan Athletic 

The visitors will be desperate to turn their form around, after picking up just one point from their last six league games. The point came last time out against Swansea but along the way, they’ve lost four of their last six by a single goal. Therefore, they will be hoping that their previous game can be a stepping stone to build some consistency moving forward. 

  • Players to watch 

Jamie Allen (Coventry City)

Coventry City have a number of standout players, but one of their main in-form men is midfielder Jamie Allen. Despite being played out of position, he has consistently put in strong performances and has started to add a threat in-front of goal. 

Last time out, Allen picked up an assist, when his cross was turned in by Viktor Gyokeres from close range. He also scored the only goal of the game, when the Sky Blues last played at the CBS Arena against Blackburn Rovers and will be keen to make it three goal contributions in three league matches. 

Despite lacking in height and physicality, Allen has proven to be a real handful for opposition players, with his never say die attitude and his persistent running throughout his time on the pitch. Wigan will need to prevent him from having space as much as possible in order to maximise their chances of improving their form. 

Will Keane (Wigan Athletic) 

Wigan Athletic may have had a tough few weeks in the Championship, but one man who is continuing to standout and earn positive reviews is forward Will Keane. 

So far this season, Keane has scored seven league goals for his side as well as picking up a further two assists in the process. Despite their poor run of form, Keane has continued to fight and push his side forward whenever possible in an attempt to boost squad morale. 

Keane can be a real handful on his day, meaning the Coventry City defence have got to be on the top of their game. Unlike Jamie Allen, Will Keane is a very physical striker and uses his body to his advantage as well as being a strong arial presence which can cause any defender problems. 

  • Match details 

Where is the game being played? 

The Championship fixture will be played at the CBS Arena, despite the stadium owners ACL going into administration. 

What time is kick-off? 

The match will begin at 19:45 GMT, in line with the majority of the divisions matches on the day. 

Where can I watch the game? 

Tickets are available for either side through either teams’ website or ticket office. Coventry fans can purchase tickets on the gate.

The match will be live on iFollow for overseas fans and you can also find live score updates via Sky Sports, BBC Sport or from either sides’ official social media pages.