Coventry City v Exeter City Betting Preview, Tips & Odds | 28th May
In our Coventry City v Exeter City betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for the Sky Bet League Two play-off final.
Coventry City v Exeter City Betting Preview
Date: 28th May
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Channel: Sky Sports Football
Coventry City and Exeter City square-up at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday as a place in League One, the third tier of English football awaits the winner.
Both teams could only muster a draw in the first leg of their respective play-off semi-finals before they equally turned on the style in the second leg, as convincing wins followed for both finalists.
Coventry, who were held 1-1 at home strolled past rivals Notts County 4-1 away from home, giving them a 5-2 aggregate win, whilst Exeter used their home advantage well and dispatched of Lincoln City 3-1, following their 0-0 draw away from home.
For Exeter, this is their second consecutive League Two play-off final trip to Wembley, and the Grecians will be looking to right their wrongs having lost 2-1 to Blackpool in last year’s final.
The Sky Blues are too, no strangers to Wembley having also made a trip to the home of English football last season, where unlike play-off rivals Exeter, they won, beating favourites Oxford United 2-1 to take home the Checkatrade Trophy.
If Coventry are to bounce straight back up into League One, it’ll be largely down to the goals of Scottish striker Marc McNulty, who has been an inspiring addition to Sky Blues’ squad, scoring 28-goals in 51 appearances.
The Scot bagged in both legs of the semi-final, adding to his purple patch which consists of seven goals and two assists in his last six games. McNulty is 6/4 with Sky Bet to score in 90 minutes. McNulty’s strike partner Maxime Biamou has also found the net recently, scoring twice against County and is available at longer odds of 2/1 to score in 90 minutes, again with Sky Bet.
Exeter finished five points and two places ahead of Coventry, so going off the league table, Paul Tisdale’s side should be confident heading into Monday’s game. The side from Devon also have an in-form forward in the shape of Jayden Stockley, who has five goals in his last five matches, including a goal against Lincoln last time out.
Intriguingly, these two clubs have only ever faced each other three times before, with the home side coming out on top each time. In early January, Exeter edged past Coventry 1-0, whilst the reverse fixture ended 2-0 in a tightly fought-out victory for Coventry.
During his sides League Two campaign, Tisdale will have seen an average of 2.6 goals per game, with both teams scoring in 57% of matches, whilst Mark Robins will have seen a slightly lower 2.4 average goals per game, with both teams scoring in 46% of matches involving his Coventry side.
With head-to-head, recent form, goals for and goals against almost identical, there is no clear indicator to hint toward who the clear favourite for this game is. Having said that, it’s a final, and that is something that the stats don’t take into account.
Coventry have recently had success at Wembley, winning against the odds, a feat Exeter failed to replicate in last season’s play-off final despite being favourites going into the fixture. The familiarity of winning at Wembley could prove to be the deciding factor and give the Sky Blues an all-important psychological advantage.
Coventry’s defender Tom Davies will be sitting out the second game of his three-match ban after stamping on Notts County defender Richard Duffy, which resulted in a charge for violent conduct.
Exeter City have no suspensions or injury concerns and will have a fully fit side ahead of Monday’s play-off final.
Potential Coventry City Starting XI: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, Hyam, Stokes, Bayliss, Doyle, Kelly, Shipley, McNulty, Biamou.
Potential Exeter City Starting XI: Pym, Sweeney, Tillson, Harley, Simpson, Stockley, Moore-Taylor, Moxey, Taylor, Storey, Boateng.
Head To Head
- Coventry City Wins: 2
- Draws: 0
- Exeter City Wins: 1
Stats & Facts
- Coventry and Exeter have both scored 27% of their goals in minutes 76-90
- Coventry striker Marc McNulty was the divisions joint top scorer, as Accrington Stanley’s Billy Key also scored 25 goals.
- Exeter’s Jason Stockley scored 58% of his shots on target this season and was 4th in the race for League Two’s Golden Boot.
- Paul Tisdale is the longest serving manager in the top four flights of English football, 11 years and 334 days.
- Exeter and Coventry both scored 64 league goals this season.
- Exeter have reached their second consecutive League Two play-off final, following a 2-1 loss to Blackpool in 2016/17.
- Coventry City 6/4
- Draw 11/5
- Exeter City 19/10
- Under 2.5 Goals @ 8/13
- Coventry City ‘To Lift The Trophy’ @ 8/11.