Coventry City will welcome Middlesbrough to St Andrew's on Tuesday for a matchday 34 fixture in the EFL Championship. Both sides come into this fixture on the back of 1-1 draws, with Coventry City held by Blackburn Rovers, while Middlesbrough shared the spoils with Cardiff City.
Coventry City find themselves looking over their shoulders as they are currently in 20th spot on the table, five points above the dropzone.
Middlesbrough are fairly comfortable in ninth place but harbor promotion hopes via the playoffs and need all three points to boost their chances of making the top six.
Coventry City vs Middlesbrough Head-to-Head
This will be the 49th meeting between the sides. Middlesbrough have the slight advantage with 17 wins compared to 16 for Coventry City. A draw was played out on 15 occasions in the past.
Their most recent meeting came in October 2020 when two goals in the final 10 minutes from Britt Assombalonga and Djed Spence gave Middlesbrough a 2-0 home win.
Neither side has impressed in recent weeks, with Middlesbrough's run of just two wins from their last nine games hampering their qualification hopes. The hosts have been consistent in their inconsistency throughout the season and have just one win from their last eight games.
Coventry City form guide: D-L-W-L-L
Middlesbrough form guide: D-L-W-W-L
Coventry City vs Middlesbrough Team News
Two players are ruled out for the hosts through injury. Matt Godden (foot) and Jodi Jones (ACL) are both unavailable for selection.
Manager Mark Robins will also be without defender Leo Skiri Østigård after the 21-year-old was sent off against Blackburn.
Injuries: Jodi Jones, Matt Godden
Suspension: Leo Skiri Østigård
Three players are ruled out for Boro through injury. Yannick Bolasie (knock), Ashley Fletcher (hamstring) and Marcus Browne (ACL) are unavailable.
There are no suspension worries for manager Neil Warnock.
Injuries: Yannick Bolasie, Marcus Browne, Ashley Fletcher
Coventry City vs Middlesbrough Predicted XI
Coventry City Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Ben Wilson; Dominic Hyam, Kyle McFadzean, Michael Rose; Sam McCallum, Ben Sheaf, Gustavo Hamer, Fankaty Dabo; Jordan Shipley, Callum O'Hare; Tyler Walker
Middlesbrough Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Marcus Bettinelli; Marc Bola, Paddy McNair, Dael Fry, Anfernee Djiskteel; Johnny Howson, Sam Morsy; Marvin Johnson, George Saville, Duncan Watmore; Britt Assombalonga
Coventry City vs Middlesbrough Prediction
Middlesbrough's poor form means that they cannot exactly be counted upon to get the job done. Both sides have relatively open styles of play, suggesting that goals could flow in this fixture.
However, the visitors might just do enough to nick a narrow victory against an even poorer side.
Prediction: Coventry City 1-2 Middlesbrough