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Attack v defence: High-flying Coventry City visit Bradford City in Sky Bet League 1

23 November 2015

After securing the lead of the standings on Saturday, Coventry City visit Bradford City in their next Sky Bet League 1 encounter.

The Sky Blues hit four goals in 10 first-half minutes at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, ensuring they disposed of second-placed Gillingham in style.

But they face stern opposition in the form of Bradford City on Matchday 19, with the Bantams on an impressive run of their own, in defence.

Attack - Coventry City

Only Peterborough United have scored more goals than Coventry in The Football League this term, with Tony Mowbray's side having struck 36 times in their opening 18 games.

They're currently on a run of four successive league wins, and have scored a minimum of three goals in each of those to beat Peterborough, Barnsley, Colchester United and Gillingham.

The leaders hit four in that most recent game against the Gills, with Jacob Murphy netting a hat-trick and loanee Ben Turner also getting on the scoresheet in a rampant display.

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Defence - Bradford City

On the flip side, Bradford are on a stellar run of their own, and are a side that has been flourishing courtesy of a solid defence.

The Bantams strolled to a 2-0 victory against Scunthorpe United at the weekend, and it was the sixth successive game in all competitions that they posted a clean sheet.

The run began against Millwall in Sky Bet League 1 at the end of October, and Blackpool, Aldershot - twice in the FA Cup - and Scunthorpe have all drawn blanks against them since.

Bradford are tied with Bury on 30 points in the table, just outside the Play-Off places, but a third league win on the spin, against Coventry, could see them into those positions at the conclusion of Tuesday's action.

Something's got to give

There have been 13 goals in four meetings between Bradford and Coventry in the last two seasons, and the Sky Blues haven't registered victory in the fixture since 2001.

If they are to continue their hot streak, they'll have to break down one of the division's meanest defences, and end a 14-year hoodoo against them.

You can follow Coventry's progress at Bradford, and all the other Sky Bet League 1 matches, via our official Twitter feed on Tuesday - @SkyBetLeague1.

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