Walsall vs Coventry preview
Last Updated: 07/12/18 4:54pm
Walsall will be without striker Andy Cook for their match against Coventry at the Banks's Stadium on Saturday.
Cook will miss the game serving a one-match suspension and will be eligible for Walsall's FA Cup replay against Sunderland. Wolves loanee Connor Johnson impressed in last week's FA Cup draw with the Black Cats and could return to the heart of the defence after missing the Checkatrade trophy defeat to Shrewsbury through suspension.
Manager Dean Keates started with a back three against the Shropshire club and may decide to revert back to his regular system after losing 2-1.
Coventry boss Mark Robins could welcome back a number of players for their first match since defeat against Fleetwood on November 27. On-loan Chelsea defender Dujon Sterling could return for Coventry. The teenage defender has not played for more than a month because of ankle ligament damage.
Max Biamou has returned to the training ground and is working with physios to try and recover from an ACL injury sustained against Blackpool in August, but has not set a date for his return. Coventry have also recalled Reise Allassani from his loan spell at Ebbsfleet United.
Walsall are unbeaten in their last four home games against Coventry in all competitions (W2 D2), including a 3-2 win in the first round of the FA Cup this season.
Coventry have only lost two of their last 18 league games against Walsall (W10 D6).
Walsall are without a win in their last five league games (D2 L3), since a 3-2 victory against Wycombe in October - the Saddlers last went on a longer winless run in League One in April 2017 (run of six).
Coventry have lost back to back away league games without scoring - they last lost three on the bounce away from home without finding the back of the net in April 2017.
Coventry boss Mark Robins has won three of his four league games against Walsall as a manager, losing the other 1-0 in September 2016 whilst in charge of Scunthorpe United.