Coventry City v Exeter City Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions
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Paul Tisdale’s Grecians will be desperate to secure promotion in Monday’s play-off final at Wembley but our tipster is backing Mark Robins’ Sky Blues

Exeter City do battle with Coventry City in the League Two play-off final.

Coventry see their natural level to be well above the fourth-tier and are 8/11 (1.73) with dabblebet to secure promotion.

Exeter, 21/20 (2.05) to lift the trophy, want to lay the ghost of last year’s play-off final defeat in what could potentially be the last match of Paul Tisdale’s 12-year tenure.

Latest odds

Coventry are 13/10 (2.3) to win without extra-time, having been victorious in 23 of their 48 League Two games.

Exeter, who won 1-0 in the last meeting between these sides in January thanks to a Ryan Harley goal, are 11/5 (3.2) to triumph in 90 minutes.

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A draw, meanwhile, can also be backed at 11/5 (3.2).

Team news

Jordan Storey and Jordan Moore-Taylor played well for Exeter in their 3-1 semi-final aggregate win over Lincoln City and so the absence of centre-back Troy Brown might not be felt so keenly.

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins could name the same side that won 4-1 at Notts County in the semi-final second leg. Jodi Jones and Tony Andreu remain long-term absentees.

Goalless first half?

Three of the last four League Two play-off finals have featured a goalless first half and that trend could continue here.

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While Exeter and Coventry both showed goalscoring potential last time out, they did so on the counter-attack when space opened up.

The nervy nature of this contest often impacts the mentality of teams in the early stages and therefore, under 0.5 first half goals appeals at 7/5 (2.4).

Preview and predictions

However, it is hard to see past Coventry taking the spoils here and so a Sky blues victory with under 3.5 goals looks good value at 7/4 (2.75).

While Exeter are worthy competitors, this bet paid out in 15 of Coventry's 23 league wins this term and Marc McNulty will be hungry to add to his 25 league goals.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Coventry win and Under 3.5 goals 7/4 (2.75) for a 3pt stake with dabblebet  

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Coventry City

form

All
STO 1 - 1 COV
D
COV 1 - 2 HUD
L
WBA 0 - 0 COV
D
COV 0 - 3 BOR
L
BIR 2 - 4 COV
W
FUL 1 - 3 COV
W
NOT 2 - 0 COV
L
COV 2 - 2 BBR
D
COV 0 - 2 HUL
L
COV 4 - 1 SHU
W
Exeter City

form

All
EXE 0 - 1 POV
L
NOR 1 - 1 EXE
D
EXE 2 - 1 BAR
W
EXE 2 - 0 ROC
W
TRA 2 - 0 EXE
L
EXE 2 - 0 COL
W
CUN 0 - 1 EXE
W
NEW 0 - 1 EXE
W
EXE 2 - 1 STE
W
POV 0 - 0 EXE
D
Head to Head
5 Matches (0 Draws)
4 Total wins 1
4 Home wins 1
0 Away wins 0
Last 5 Matches
4 Wins
0 Draw
1 Wins
COV 4 - 1 EXE
COV 3 - 1 EXE
EXE 1 - 0 COV
COV 2 - 0 EXE
COV 3 - 1 EXE
12 Goals Scored 4
Games Over 2.5 Goals 3 / 5
Both Teams Scored 3 / 5
Team Comparison
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  • Distribution
  • Discipline
Player Comparison

Match Facts

  1. Exeter are just the second team to reach the fourth-tier play-off final in consecutive seasons after Blackpool, who did so in 1990-91 and 1991-92 – the Seasiders won promotion at the second attempt.
  2. Coventry are looking to become the first fourth-tier team to win the play-off final after finishing sixth in the regular season since Stevenage in 2011 – each of the last three teams that finished sixth and made the final have lost.
  3. The Grecians have played three previous matches at Wembley, all play-off finals – twice in the Conference (lost in 2007 to Morecambe, won in 2008 against Cambridge) and last season against Blackpool, when they lost 2-1.
  4. Coventry have won two of their last three meetings with Exeter in all competitions, however they did lose the most recent game back in January (0-1 at St. James Park).
  5. This will be the second time Mark Robins has taken charge of Coventry at Wembley, having won the FL Trophy against Oxford there last April (2-1).  
  6. In eight of the last nine League Two play-off finals, the team scoring first has gone on to win promotion – the exception was in 2015, when Wycombe took the lead in extra-time against Southend but lost on penalties.
  7. Only one of the last 12 play-off finals in League Two have gone to extra time (Southend v Wycombe in 2014-15), dating back to the 2005/06 campaign.
  8. Jayden Stockley has scored eight goals in his last 10 matches for Exeter in all competitions.
  9. Ryan Harley – who scored Exeter’s third in their 3-1 win over Lincoln in the semi-final second leg – netted the winner the last time these two teams met (1-0 in January).
  10. Marc McNulty has been directly involved in 18 goals in his last 15 league appearances for the Sky Blues (12 goals, six assists), including two goals and an assist in this season’s play-offs already.
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