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Jan 19, 2021 at 6pm UK at Madejski Stadium
ReadingReading
3-0
CoventryCoventry City
Joao (16'), Rinomhota (46'), Swift (72')
Holmes (29'), Joao (87'), Morrison (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)

McFadzean (60'), Skiri Oestigaard (80')
McFadzean (71')

Preview: Reading vs. Coventry City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship clash between Reading and Coventry City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Reading host Coventry City in the Championship on Tuesday night with both sides looking to bounce back from FA Cup third round exits last time out.

The two teams are in contrasting positions in the table, with the Royals currently occupying the final playoff place while Mark Robins's men sit in 17th position, just seven points above the relegation zone.


Match preview

Luton Town's James Bree in action with Reading's Jayden Onen in the FA Cup third round on January 9, 2021© Reuters

A 1-0 loss to Luton Town while on cup duty ended a three-game unbeaten run for Veljko Paunovic's side.

Star striker Lucas Joao marked his return from a five-match absence through injury with a brace against Huddersfield Town at the start of the month.

The Portuguese forward was rested against Luton and should be raring to go ahead of this midweek clash.

It has been eight years since the Madejski Stadium last played host to Premier League football, but with Reading looking like a real force again under their North Macedonian manager, this could be the year they finally return to the top flight.

A win over a lowly Coventry side is needed if they are to keep pace with the leading pack, and anything less than the three points will be deemed a disappointment.

Coventry City manager Mark Robins pictured in November 2020© Reuters

The Sky Blues have made a decent start to life back in the Championship after a prolonged spell in England's third tier.

Their 26-point haul after 23 games is a decent return for a newly-promoted side, but Robins will be keen to address their defensive woes as soon as possible.

Coventry have conceded more goals than every team below them in the division bar Wycombe Wanderers, who are rooted to the foot of the table.

A shock victory on Tuesday could open up a significant gap between themselves and the bottom three and give the 1987 FA Cup winners some breathing space.

Reading Championship form: WLLWDW
Reading form (all competitions): LLWDWL

Coventry City Championship form: WDLDLW
Coventry City form (all competitions): DLDLWL


Team News

Coventry City's Tyler Walker in action with Birmingham City's Harlee Dean in the Championship on November 20, 2020© Reuters

Paunovic almost has the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from for this midweek encounter.

Forward George Puscas is the only absentee, with the 24-year-old expected to be unavailable for another month at least following surgery.

Coventry will once again be unable to call upon the services of Tyler Walker and Jodi Jones as the pair continue to recover from long-term injuries.

Robins faces a dilemma when it comes to his forward line as Maxime Biamou and Matty Godden have been sharing the striking role of late.

Reading possible starting lineup:
Cabral; Richards, McIntyre, Morrison, Holmes; Laurent, Rinomhota; Ejaria, Swift, Aluko; Joao

Coventry City possible starting lineup:
Wilson; Hyam, McFadzean, Ostigard; McCallum, Sheaf, Hamer, Dabo; Shipley, O'Hare; Godden


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We say: Reading 2-0 Coventry City

With Joao back in the starting XI and in good form, Reading are a different proposition. The 27-year-old adds a significant threat to the side's attack, and he could prove to be the difference on Tuesday.


Top betting tip

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How you voted: Reading vs Coventry

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Draw
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Coventry City
5.4%
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1Norwich CityNorwich32207545252067
2Brentford331710660352561
3Watford33179743241960
4Swansea CitySwansea31179539201960
5Reading33166114537854
6Cardiff CityCardiff331571149341552
7Bournemouth331410947321552
8Barnsley32156113836251
9Stoke CityStoke33111393836246
10Middlesbrough33137133735246
11Millwall3391683230243
12Queens Park RangersQPR311110103134-343
13Preston North EndPreston33134163542-743
14Bristol City33134163344-1143
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn32117144638840
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest331010132832-440
17Luton TownLuton32109132637-1139
18Derby CountyDerby32108142533-838
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield33106173848-1036
20Coventry CityCoventry33811143044-1435
21Birmingham CityBirmingham33710162341-1831
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham3185183342-929
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds3298152337-1429
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe3158182351-2823

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