Welsh windbag Chris Coleman has set mid-table Coventry City an ambitious points total for the rest of the season as a launch pad for an assault on the Premiership in 2009-10. The plan went a bit wrong with Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Plymouth (apparently Sky Blues were guilty of 'sluggish defending'), but three easy points are thought to be available against 'doomed' Charlton: Sky Blues
Of course, Charlton have enjoyed a 'run' of three games without defeat and it is by no means certain that they will roll over at the Ricoh this afternoon. Coventry must madden their few remaining fans who rattle around in the excellent but cavernous Ricoh with their inconsistency. They can turn it on, but equally they can fall apart.
I know quite a few Sky Blues who have got fed up and turned to the ice hockey with Coventry Blaze (who also conveniently have sky blue colours). Unfortunately, Blaze had a faltering end to their season with the Elite League championship and play offs taken by the Sheffield Steelers. The Elite League is having difficulty in getting ten teams to play next season because of financial problems. At one time there was a team playing at the London Arena which was promoted at The Valley, but the only team in vaguely Charlton territory now are wooden spooners Basingstoke Bisons.
Lazy journalists read all results involving Charlton off the table, but I am going for a 2-1 victory over Coventry City, thus evading the humiliation of being relegated at the Ricoh.