Coventry City and Reading meet at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, in a match for the 9th round of the Championship. There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 11‑02‑2012 and ended with the score: Reading (2‑0) Coventry City. In this game, the home factor may be decisive, as Reading presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
Coventry City :
After 1 win, 2 draws and 5 losses, the home team is currently in 21st position, with 5 points won. In their last match, they lost away (2‑0) to Middlesbrough, after losing (0‑4) at home in the previous match against Blackburn Rovers. This is a team that presents similar results at home and away, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 7 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. For the championship, Coventry City conquered 4 points out of 12 possible, after 1 victory, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 4 games they played in their stadium.
For this competition, he has not won 6 games ago. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition, so they have not been very strong defensively. This is a team that tends to find it difficult to score first. In fact, he only opened the scoring once in the last 8 games for the Championship. In 8 matches in the competition, he suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Coventry comes to this game unmotivated, after a defeat, by 2×0, in the visit to Middlesbrough. The home team generally acts 5-2-3, favoring offensive transitions and channeling their attacks through the flanks. The two arrows aimed at the opponent’s goal will be Allen and Shipley and the most offensive reference must be the experienced Matt Godden, a very strong player from the physical point of view. It is possible that Sheaf and Hamer play in the most central area of the floor, offering their team consistency and vision of the game. Coach Mark Robins is expected to have two absences for this game, both due to injury: Jodi Jones and Wesley Jobello. It should be noted that central defender Michael Rose will also be absent, due to being suspended.
After 7 wins and 1 draw, the visiting team is currently in 1st position, with 22 points won. In their last match, they beat Blackburn Rovers away by (2‑4), after having won at home in the previous match, in a match against Rotherham United, by (3‑0). This is a team that curiously has been stronger away than at home, since in the last 30 games they have registered 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in his stadium.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 away matches. The defense has been strong and they have only suffered goals in 2 of the last 8 matches, and their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition. This is a team that tends to score many times first: it opened the scoring in 7 of its last 8 games for the Championship, of these 7 it reached the break in 4 and always managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘.
Reading enter this performance highly motivated, after a 2×4 away win at the Blackburn stadium visit: Meité, Olise, Laurent and Lucas João scored the winning goals. Contrary to today’s rival, Reading usually plays 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced players are Olise, Lucas João and Méité. The away club, when investing in the offensive process, usually does so through the left flank and thus can take advantage of the quality of left-back Richards. Rinomhota, Alfa Semedo and Laurent will likely play in midfield, with the Portuguese gaining prominence in organizing his team’s play. Coach Veljko Paunovic must have all the players at his disposal.