West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray will be hoping to shrug off a virus to take his place in the dug-out for the clash against Coventry City at The Hawthorns.
The two sides locked horns only three weeks ago and that match ended in a 4-1 victory for the Baggies despite the fact Coventry dominated for much of the first half.
The match turned when City striker Michael Mifsud saw red for an elbow on Albion defender Carl Hoefkens.
Albion trained yesterday with Mowbray's assistant Mark Venus at the helm and he said his side were only too aware of how tough the rematch would be with Coventry who are about to go into administration and have a score to settle.
Venus said: "We are in for a hard game against Coventry City. We went there three weeks ago and for the first half it was a game which could have gone either way.
"They have not done so well because their top scorer Michael Mifsud has been suspended but I think it is going to be a very difficult game and they will be coming and wanting to prove a point.
"They will want to make a point because of how the result ended last time and so, like every game in this league, it is going to be hard against a committed, organised and strong team."
Venus, who is confident his manager will be by his side tonight, continued: "We are pleased with our recent string of results.
"The most pleasing thing for me is that on the back of that I think the team performances have been okay as well.
"We have got to keep going now really. In this league it is easy to lose a game and discipline and organisation is the key.
"We are up there and where we want to be but we have got to keep going, basically."
Venus said he hoped Coventry would come through their difficulties, adding it was good for the region if all the Midland sides prospered.
He said: "It is healthy for the region sometimes with all these Midland teams being in this league - Coventry, Leicester, Stoke - but it also makes it a little harder for teams to get out.
"I think the bottom line is that anyone who is a football fan in this area would like to see as many of these teams in the Premier League and pushing on.
"Fans have their allegiances to their own clubs and that is what makes football teams but we want to see all the sides do well. It makes for good, healthy competition.
"I personally would prefer to see all the Midland teams at the top."
Venus said his team were ready for whatever the Sky Blues had to throw at them although Albion are still without key players Kevin Phillips, Ishmael Miller and James Morrison.
He said: "Coventry have Mifsud back and he has scored a lot of goals this season. His goal record stands up to scrutiny on the pitch so he will be big threat. His team has struggled without him so it would suggest he is a major player. He is going to be a big player for them and he has the confidence to attack and score.
"The league table as it stands is important now but even more important later on. Our form could have been better but it might have been worse and we are up there at the moment."
The former Wolves star admitted the fixture list had been gruelling on the players of late and was set to get even busier over Christmas.
He said: "We have had four games in nine days and it has been tough but it was vital we won at Watford four games ago and stopped them going what could have been 12 points ahead of us.
"It has given everyone a fillip. A gap can open up again with a few bad results and Christmas is coming and there are a lot of tough games but then the league tends to thin out and there are some six-point games. All the teams in this league are so competitive, disciplined and hard-working you have to give them credit.
"Watford have got a decent bunch of players and have had a poor run but they are still top."