Coventry’s bright start to the new campaign was dealt a major blow when they were thrashed 5-0 away against Luton Town on Wednesday night, their heaviest defeat under manager Mark Robins.
Two goals each from Elijah Adebayo and Harry Cornick as well as a strike from Luke Berry condemned the Sky Blues to their third league defeat this season. All three losses have been away from home, so Robins and co will be pleased that this weekend’s clash with Fulham is back on home soil.
Coventry have enjoyed a perfect start at the Ricoh Arena so far this campaign, claiming a maximum 15 points from their five league matches, more than any other Championship side.
The Sky Blues, who currently sit in fourth place, have accumulated eight more points than at this stage last season and are crucially the same number of points clear of the relegation zone.
Bouncing back with a victory on Saturday against one of this year’s promotion favourites Fulham may be a tall order for Coventry, but should certainly not be ruled out, especially as the Cottagers have failed to win two of their last three games away from home.
After a minor blip in form – winning only one of their last five games across all competitions in September – Fulham finished the month with a comfortable 3-1 victory at home against Swansea City on Wednesday night.
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Marco Silva’s side had to rely on the brilliance of Aleksandar Mitrovic once again as his first-half hat-trick helped fire the Cottagers to all three points, moving them back into the top three and just two points behind West Bromwich Albion at the summit.
Nearly 50% of Fulham’s goals this campaign have been scored by Mitrovic, who is currently the Championship’s top goalscorer with 10 strikes, averaging a goal every 88 minutes which is the best of any marksman in England’s top four divisions.
At the other end, the Whites have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last five league games, which will be a slight concern for Silva heading into Saturday’s fixture with Coventry, who have scored nine of their 12 goals this season at home