Coventry City head to Barnsley this weekend looking to build on their fabulous first three points in the Championship.

After beating in-form QPR 3-2 at St Andrew’s, the Sky Blues travel to Oakwell full of confidence and looking to record their first back-to-back victories of the new league campaign.

But what team will manager Mark Robins field?

Will the City boss stick with the starting eleven that did so well to bag the points last Friday or tweak his line-up to face a Tykes’ side looking for their first win in the division?

One thing we know, skipper Liam Kelly won’t be involved for the second game running.

Although he returned to training after sitting out last week with a hamstring strain, Robins says it’s too soon for the midfielder. That means the manager has to choose between Jordan Shipley and Ben Sheaf to partner the outstanding Gustavo Hamer in the middle of the park.

Shipley started against QPR before the more defence-minded Sheaf took over late on in the game.



Coventry City’s Michael Rose

Elsewhere, Robins has to decide whether to stick with his back three of Leo Ostigard, Kyle McFadzean and Dom Hyam, or bring star centre-half Michael Rose back into the back three.

Fankaty Dabo picks himself in the right wing-back spot but competition on the opposite flank is fierce following the arrival of Sam McCallum back to the club, joining on a season-long loan from Norwich City.

Ryan Giles is the man in possession and fully expected to keep his place, albeit McCallum likely to travel to provide back-up from the bench ahead of Brandon Mason who is expected to be the man to miss out.

Callum O’Hare and Jamie Allen are almost certain to retain their attacking berths at the top fo the midfield box in City’s favoured 3-4-2-1 formation that will see Matty Godden looking to make it three in three as the lone striker up top.

Tyler Walker and Amadou Bakayoko will, no doubt, provide options from the bench.

Andy Turner’s predicted line-up to face Barnsley:

Marko Marosi; Leo Ostigard, Kyle McFadzean, Dom Hyam; Fankaty Dabo, Gus Hamer, Jordan Shipley, Ryan Giles: Jamie Allen, Callum O’Hare; Matty Godden.





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