Barnet v Coventry preview: League Two clash live on Sky Sports Football
Last Updated: 07/10/17 12:19pm
Barnet will welcome back Michael Nelson and Jamal Campbell-Ryce for their first ever meeting with Coventry, live on Sky Sports Football from 12.15pm on Saturday.
The veteran duo were rested for the midweek Checkatrade Trophy draw against Luton along with Mauro Vilhete, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Shaquile Coulthirst. The Bees are still without striker John Akinde, who could be missing for another three weeks with a hamstring injury. Jamie Stephens, Curtis Weston, Dave Tarpey, Elliott Johnson (all knee) and Richard Brindley (foot) are also sidelined.
Victory in Saturday's early kick-off could take Coventry top of Sky Bet League Two, at least temporarily, but they must do so without leading scorer Duckens Nazon. The on-loan Wolves forward is away on international duty with Haiti, so Mark Robins could turn to Stuart Beavon or Marc McNulty to fill the void up front.
Peter Vincenti returned from a gashed leg to feature in the midweek Checkatrade Trophy draw with Walsall and could come into contention. Tony Andreu remains sidelined for the season after the summer arrival from Norwich suffered a serious knee injury earlier this month.
This will be the first time Barnet and Coventry have met in the English football league.
The Bees are currently on a three game losing streak, their worst losing run since suffering four straight defeats in April 2017. They have conceded at least two goals in each of these three defeats.
In fact, having lost their last two home games, Barnet are on the verge of losing three straight matches for the first time at The Hive, having last lost three successive home games back in April 2012, whilst playing at Underhill.
The Sky Blues have won each of their last three league matches and have amassed 22 points already from their 11 league games this season, sitting 4th in League Two - it took Coventry 31 games to reach that tally in their relegation from League One last season.
Coventry's Duckens Nazon has scored four goals in his last five games in League Two.
Barnet have been in a bit of a rut lately with three straight league defeats ending what was a fairly positive start to the campaign. Rossi Eames will hope his players can turn it on in front of the Sky Sports cameras though.
That being said, I think Coventry will have too much for them and I reckon they'll scrape an away win.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 with Jodi Jones to score first (33/1 with Sky Bet)