On Saturday, Stoke City welcome Coventry City into Bet365 Stadium. Stoke City are winless in their last five matches against Coventry City.
The Potters will hope to break that streak on Saturday, as they try to again work their way closer to the top of the table…
Three Keys for Stoke City vs. Coventry:
Staying Awake Defensively:
Stoke City were acceptable defensively against Rotherham (The Millers conceding possession certainly helped). But as we’ve gone over many times, it’s the results that count in the Championship.
The results against Rotherham weren’t good enough, as all it took was Rotherham’s one goal to sink The Potters. That one goal was conceded because Stoke City, even just for a moment early on, were caught snoozing defensively.
The Potters will need to make sure against Coventry’s mostly toothless attack that they don’t get caught slipping for a second straight week.
All Shots Don’t Equal Good Shots:
Oftentimes the general misconception is the more attempts the better. Well, xG (expected goals) tell us more shots doesn’t always equal more goals.
This isn’t to say don’t shoot at all, but it means to be more picky if needed with your attempts – which is something Stoke City failed to do against Rotherham. Stoke City will need to be patient and wait for the right attempt to find the back of the net.