Coventry City will kick-start their 2020-21 season on Saturday with a trip to Stadium:MK to take on MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.

The Sky Blues will likely field an experienced side for the clash but be without a number of first-team faces as they head south down the M1.

Leo Ostigard will be away on international duty with Michael Rose and Fankaty Dabo still missing through injury.

He will of course also be without Julien Dacosta and Wesley Jobello with the pair both sidelines with ligament injuries.

So what team will here pick? Our man Tom Leach has been watching City closely throughout pre-season and has picked his eleven…

Ben Wilson

Now back from a brief shoulder injury, Marko Marosi will be City’s number one next season in the Championship – without a doubt.

But his understudy Ben Wilson started the majority of City’s cup games last term.

Blaine Rowe

The teenager has risen to the challenge this summer as a stand-in for Dabo with Robins seemingly trialling a number of players at right-back.

It now looks like it will be either Jack Burroughs of Rowe who will start the season in that position with Rowe seemingly Robins’ most regular pick during the latest friendlies.

Declan Drysdale

Declan Drysdale impressed early on in the summer and is the most experience of the club’s young defenders.

Morgan Williams is currently injured with the club yet to confirm the latest on his fitness.

Kyle McFadzean

Kyle McFadzean has feature in almost every pre-season game this summer and will do so on Saturday against his former club.

He will be without defensive partner Michael Rose but will have Dom Hyam beside him.

Dom Hyam

Another regular for Robins this summer, there is little doubt that Robins will pick Hyam for Saturday’s clash.

Hyam will be a regular in the Championship after putting in a number of stunning performances for City in League One.

Ryan Giles

Brandon Mason has looked good in pre-season but Ryan Giles looks set to be Robins’ first pick.



Pictured Sky Blues Ryan Giles football action from the EFL League One Coventry City v Bolton Wanderers at St Andrews Stadium, Birmingham. Saturday 8th February 2020.

The young Wolves loanee has played regularly throughout the summer.

Liam Kelly

Captain fantastic Liam Kelly was sorely missed away at Burton Albion and would be a huge absentee should he fail to return to full fitness before Saturday.

The midfielder started City’s clash with Southampton on Tuesday afternoon after managed 72 minutes.

The club have no signed Ben Sheaf, of course, but he has only trained a handful of times with the first team and is unlikely to start immediately.

Gustavo Hamer

Coventry’s marquee summer signing, Gustavo Hamer will be the first name on the team sheet on Saturday afternoon.

The Dutch-Brazilian midfielder has looked good during the summer and fans will be keen to see him in action during competitive fixtures.

Jamie Allen

Jordan Shipley will be in Robins’ thoughts, for sure, but Jamie Allen looks likely to get the nod.

Allen has impressed Robins in recent weeks, especially away at Burton, and has chipped in with goals during pre-season.

Callum O’Hare

Coventry City’s star of the summer – Callum O’Hare has been brilliant in each and every game.



Callum O’Hare in action for Coventry City in the friendly with Swindon Town

He will start on Saturday, if fully fit, surrounded by his League One promotion pals.

Matty Godden

Robins may well opt for Tyler Walker for this cup clash, but he will be aware that whoever he picks could be looked upon as the club’s first-choice striker.

Fans will be keen to see the pair start together, just like they did at Stevenage, but Robins will likely stick with his winning system of one in attack.





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