Notts County v Coventry Play-Off 2nd Leg Betting Preview | 18th May
In our Notts County v Coventry City betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Sky Bet League Two’s play-off semi-final second leg clash.
Notts County v Coventry Betting Preview
Date: 19th May
Venue: Meadow Lane
Channel: Sky Sports Football
After an incredibly dramatic end to the 90-minutes at the Ricoh Arena, the honours ended even as Coventry City and Notts County played out a 1-1 draw. County took the lead through Jonathan Forte in the 49th minute and it looked as if the visitors had done enough to take the lead back to Meadow Lane, however, a controversial penalty was awarded to the Sky Blues. Marc McNulty stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, as he scored his 27th goal of the season in what was Coventry’s only shot on target.
Now with a play-off final against Exeter on the line, both sides will be looking to book their trip to Wembley. The last time these two sides faced at Meadow Lane was just under two months ago, as Kevin Nolan’s side came out on top, collecting all three points in a 2-1 victory over the Sky Blues. Interestingly, Coventry haven’t won in any of their last eight away games against Notts, losing six and drawing twice. For those of you who like to trust history, Notts County ‘Draw No Bet’ looks good value at 10/11.
A lot has been made of the age gap between the two sides as Coventry are relatively fresh-faced and have the younger average age in their starting 11. Whilst youth is usually looked at in a negative manner when it comes to the business end of season, it could work in Coventry’s favour this weekend as Mark Robins’ side have already had their hands-on silverware in recent times, winning the 2016-17 Checkatrade Trophy in what was a real under-dog moment.
One player who has certainly defied all odds this season is Coventry forward Marc McNulty. The Scotsman comes into this tie with a lot of confidence having scored his second hat-trick of the season three weeks ago against Cheltenham in Coventry’s 6-1 away victory. The late penalty in the first leg was the 25-year-old’s 100th career goal and 25th league goal this season, meaning he averages a goal every 158 minutes. The young striker has speed in abundance and is certainly the biggest goal threat in this Coventry side. If I had to back one player to score first it would be flying Scot, and at 7/2 there’s certainly value there.
To help combat the perceived energy Coventry’s younger average age side will bring, County manager Nolan will need to be aware of the football league experience and know-how his side possesses in the likes of Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi. County also have the boost of surviving an injury scare as Forte has been declared fit to play following problems with his Hamstring.
As before-mentioned, this is a huge boost for Nolan’s side as Forte has scored all three of Notts’ goals against Coventry this season and can be found at 2/1 to score anytime. Another player who may be worth backing to score anytime is attacking midfielder Jorge Grant, who has been the creative spark and main source of goals for Friday night’s host. You can get County’s top goal scorer Grant at 9/4.
Heading into what could either sides final match of the season, both clubs’ recent form records are identical, both winning two, drawing two and losing one. Worryingly, neither team has hit the form their fans would’ve been wishing for as a 2nd leg of a play-off semi-final hangs in the balance, however, there are positives in the fact that both teams are still finding the back of the net.
County have scored nine in their last five whilst Coventry have slammed home 12 goals in their previous five fixtures. As the first leg and league table suggested, there isn’t an awful lot between the two sides and if head to head statistics are anything to go by County have been the slightly more dominant side in recent times as their last five head to head’s shows two wins for County, two draws and one win for Coventry.
After being handed a retrospective three-game ban by the FA, Tom Davies will be unavailable for Coventry City. In replace of Davies it seems as if Jordan Willis will slot in as a like for like replacement.
Notts County are likely to be unchanged as with Jonathan Forte has is confirmed as fit following his hamstring scare.
Potential Notts County Starting XI: Collin, Tootle, Duffy, Brisley, Jones, Noble, Hewitt, Virtue, Grant, Forte, Stead.
Potential Coventry City Starting XI: Burge, Grimmer, Hyam, Willis, Stokes, Bayliss, Kelly, Doyle, Shipley, McNulty, Biamou.
Stats & Facts
- County are unbeaten in their last nine home games in all competitions, winning five and drawing four.
- The Magpies have reached the final of the play-offs on three of the last four occasions after drawing the first leg of the semi-final away from home.
- Just two points separated the two sides in the league table.
- Both sides won their respective home fixture vs each other in the league.
- Notts County 7/4
- Draw 23/10
- Coventry City 17/10
- County Qualify 10/11
- Both Teams To Score 8/11