Coventry City and Luton Town will battle it out in the Championship play-off final for a place in the Premier League.
The two outsiders from this season’s top six managed to beat their respective opponents from the north east in the semi-finals, with the Sky Blues eliminating Middlesbrough and the Hatters dumping out Sunderland.
Both clubs have had to fight their way back from incredible adversity over the last decade – Coventry were homeless at various points of the 2010s and Luton were in non-league as recently as 2014.
Saturday’s meeting is a combination of two fairytale stories, but only one will have a happy ending.
Here’s 90min’s preview of the match.
Coventry vs Luton H2H Record (Last Five Games)
Current Form (Last Five Games)
How to watch Coventry vs Luton on TV and live stream
TV channel/live stream
Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, Sky Ultra HD
The good news for Coventry fans is semi-final hero Gustavo Hamer was part of team training when the squad reconvened at the start of this week. Mark Robins confirmed he had to receive a painkilling injection prior to their win at Middlesbrough.
Kasey Palmer is also in training again following a hamstring tear, though is severely lacking in match fitness having last played back in February.
Callum O’Hare and Fabio Tavares remain out with long-term problems, while Tyler Walker’s absence remains a mystery and it is unlikely he will take part at Wembley.
Coventry predicted lineup vs Luton
Coventry predicted lineup (3-5-1-1): Wilson; McNally, McFadzean, Doyle; Norton-Cuffy, Allen, Kelly, Hamer, Bidwell; Sheaf; Gyokeres
Unless Rob Edwards signals otherwise later this week, Luton will make the short trip to Wembley with a clean bill of health and are likely to name the same side that conquered Sunderland at Kenilworth Road.
Luton predicted lineup vs Coventry
Luton predicted lineup (3-5-2): Horvarth; Osho, Lockyer, Bell; Drameh, Clark, Nakamba, Mpanzu, Doughty; Morris, Adebayo
Coventry and Luton can both be proud of their journeys and seasons regardless of what happens on Saturday, and it’s likely there won’t be much to separate them.
The Sky Blues’ recent record against the Hatters doesn’t make for pretty reading, but they do possess slightly more firepower and have the best player in the final in the form of Viktor Gyokeres.
It’ll be a tough ask for Luton to keep Coventry quiet for at least 90 minutes on such a vast Wembley pitch despite their impressive defensive record.
Prediction: Coventry 3-1 Luton
Source : 90min.com