Coventry is struggling with their appearances since the begging of the Championship, as they were unable to record a positive result in the last six matches that they played. In their latest encounter, they suffered a 2:0 defeat to Middlesbrough, playing away from home.
The hosts dominated throughout this match, but it took them a while to break through the visitor’s defense. They managed to do so in the 81st and in the fourth minute of added time, deservedly taking all three points in this pretty much one-sided encounter.
With its poor performances this season, Coventry is at 22nd place on the table, having only five points out of eight matches played.
Central back Rose (4/0) should remain suspended, while injured are defender Da Costa, offensive Jobello, and forward Jones, all three without playing so far in the season anyway.
Reading, on the contrary, is having a nearly perfect score this season in the Championship, with seven victories and one draw. Last Thursday evening, they defeat Blackburn with a 2:4 result away, showing a great level of effectivity and transition game.
Despite having the ball possession disadvantage, they used their chances with higher efficiency and deservedly had a 1:3 lead after the first part. In the continuation, Armstrong provided the home side with the hope that they can bounce back in this match, as he reduced to 2:3, but in the 82nd minute, Joao removed all doubts about the winner when he raised to 2:4 and brought his team a third consecutive victory.
As mentioned, Reading is in quite a momentum, firmly positioned in 1st place in the rankings, leaving their closest Blackburn six points behind.
The guests will miss the right defenders Yiadom (1/0) and Araruna (2/0), plus midfielders Swift (2/0) and Ejaria (6/1) due to injuries.
Reading are undefeated in their last 10 matches against Coventry.
Doesn’t seem like a huge challenge
With the way Reading is looking this season, it would be difficult to see them not taking all three points in the upcoming clash. Completely realistically speaking, the visitors are looking much closer to victory and should pull this one out, one way or the other leaving us a decent value.