Coventry v Grimsby preview
Last Updated: 23/03/18 8:18pm
Tom Bayliss is expected to be available for Coventry's home clash with Grimsby.
The 18-year-old scored in the closing stages of the first half at Crewe last weekend but was substituted as a precaution with a tight calf. Peter Vincenti will look to continue his fine form of the last two matches having previously only started once in 2018.
Jordan Maguire-Drew has returned to parent club Brighton after complications with an appendix operation, while Tom Davies (collarbone) and Jodi Jones (knee) remain out.
Grimsby will be boosted by Mallik Wilks' recovery from a hamstring injury. Forward Wilks scored a brace on his return for the reserves against Doncaster in midweek.
Recent signing Gary McSheffrey could feature against one of his former clubs but Luke Summerfield, Karleigh Osborne and Simeon Jackson are still out. Mitch Rose and Andrew Fox are expected to overcome knocks.
Coventry have won each of their last four league matches against Grimsby, winning 2-0 earlier this season.
This is Grimsby's first ever visit to the Ricoh Arena - their last away trip to Coventry was in September 2002, when they lost 3-2 at Highfield Road.
Coventry have conceded a league-low seven goals from set-piece situations this season, while Grimsby have let in the most from these scenarios (22).
Grimsby's current 17-game winless run in League Two is the longest league streak of any side in the top four tiers of English football.
Coventry have lost just four points from leading positions in League Two this season, fewer than any other side.
Coventry are back on the up now in League Two and look to be in decent shape for a play-off spot. They were briefly in the shake-up for automatic promotion but, considering how gloomy the atmosphere has been around that club for so many years, a top-seven spot would at least give the fans something to enjoy.
Grimsby have six points between themselves and the relegation zone but Chesterfield's two games in hand means that gap could disappear quite quickly. Both teams will have to go for this one, but I think Coventry will be the winners.
David Prutton predicts: 3-2 (33/1 with Sky Bet)