Coventry City fans know exactly what’s coming when former boss Tony Mowbray rocks up at St Andrew’s with Blackburn Rovers.
The ex- Sky Blues manager’s philosophy on the game hasn’t changed a bit and this fixture has got goals written all over it if both sides play to their strengths.
Key to Rovers’ success is the all too familiar face of Adam Armstrong – the man who bagged 20 goals for City in 2015/16 when Mowbray put together an exciting three-pronged forward line of loan stars with Jacob Murphy and Ryan Kent operating either side of Arma.
The former Newcastle United trainee already has six goals to his name so far this season, with a hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Wycombe sending the alarm bells ringing all the way to St Andrew’s.
Here, Jaquob Crooke of our sister title LancsLive, gives the lowdown on Saturday’s opponents.
How do you assess Rovers’ start to the new season and what’s the ambition this season?
It’s bizarre to think we’re only six games into the new season because it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions so far.
Blackburn impressed against Bournemouth but were guilty of missing chances and it cost them.
A week later they’d hit Wycombe for five before ruthlessly bashing Derby at Pride Park with a clinical performance, but then the goals dried up against Cardiff and Nottingham Forest.
They looked to have found their mojo again away at Watford but were punished by better opposition.
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A top-six finish is the ambition for Tony Mowbray’s side. If they can stay injury-free then there’s no reason to suggest why they can’t mount a credible challenge.
How is Adam Armstrong looking?
He’s started the campaign in exceptional form, scoring against Bournemouth, chalking up a hat-trick against Wycombe before scoring once more at Derby.
Ben Foster had the better of him on Wednesday evening, denying him on several occasions and even saving Armstrong’s penalty in the second-half.
His progression in the past 12 months has been nothing short of exceptional and he’s matured into a leading figure that Blackburn rely on as a source of goals.
He’s a Premier League player in the making.
Who are the other dangermen to watch out for?
New signing Harvey Elliott posed a dangerous threat to Watford in midweek and the Liverpool starlet has the ability to be a hit during his loan spell at Ewood Park.
Lewis Holtby, a name you might be familiar with following his spells at Tottenham and Fulham, has emerged as a vital component in Blackburn’s attacking play and he is a key orchestrator in midfield.
Coventry should be wary of Blackburn’s right-back Ryan Nyambe, with the Namibian an outlet for Mowbray’s side on the right flank.
How do you think Mowbray will approach the game tactically?
In typical Mogga fashion, he’ll be going for it. He builds his teams to attack and now he finally feels he has the tools at Blackburn to fulfil his attacking philosophy.
They’ve invested in their defence over the summer transfer window and there is less concern over Rovers conceding goals, but Mowbray will stick with the same approach where his side press high early on and attempt to outscore the opposition.
After seeing Mark Robins’ side several times last season, I’m expecting an enticing contest.
I’ll side with Blackburn on this one. 1-2, the visitors to take all three points.