Bournemouth could have the chance to break into the Championship playoff positions when they host Coventry City on Saturday. The Cherries are currently in seventh, a point behind Reading who they have a game in hand over, while Coventry sit in 20th and are not yet clear of relegation danger.
Bournemouth are currently the odd-one-out in a five-team chase for the playoffs. There’s just five points between third and seventh, with the Cherries currently the one set to miss out. Can they improve their post-season chances with a victory?
Bournemouth have impressed of late, having embarked on a run of five wins in their last seven matches. Their last two have brought victories over Middlesbrough and Blackburn, while Jonathan Woodgate’s men have won three of their last four home league games. The Cherries have won 12 of 20 home games, while Coventry have lost 12 of 19 on the road. The visitors have lost four of their last five trips, having scored just 0.68 goals per game.
Bournemouth come into this game on the back of a 2-0 victory away to Blackburn Rovers. Goals in each half from Arnaut Danjuma and Philip Billing gave the Cherries all three points. Coventry City also picked up a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over Bristol City. Matt Godden, Leo Ostigard and Viktor Gyokeres were all among the goals for Mark Robins' side.
This will be Coventry's first trip to Dean Court since February 2013, when the two clubs were in League One. They were 2-0 winners that day but lost 3-1 at St. Andrew's in this season's reverse fixture at the start of October – a result that took Bournemouth to the top of the Championship. The Sky Blues were still finding their feet back in the second tier at the time, but they are still yet to drop into the relegation zone this season.
Both sides have clashed on exactly 50 occasions in the past and Coventry City have a better record. The Sky Blues have 23 wins and 10 draws to their name, while Bournemouth were victorious in 17 previous games. Their most recent meeting came in October 2020. A Dan Gosling brace and Jefferson Lerma goal helped Bournemouth to a 3-1 away win on matchday four of the current campaign.