Reading vs Coventry City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
 John Swift of Reading from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Reading at Ashton Gate on February 09, 2022 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Reading will be looking to make their 150th anniversary game one to remember as they face Coventry City at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

The Royals have only picked up one point from their last seven games and are now only two points clear of the relegation zone, with Derby County breathing down their necks.

Coventry meanwhile have had a good season so far, sitting 13th in the Championship, but just five points off the play-offs. They'll be looking for a win to close in on the top six, as they fight a host of clubs looking for promotion to the Premier League.

Team news

Reading may have Tom McIntyre back in line for a start after he featured on the bench for the first time on Wednesday, after recovering from a knee injury. Yakou Meite and Ovie Ejaria could also make an appearance after recovering from knee and groin injuries respectively.

Fankaty Dabo has returned to training but will not be available for Saturday. Matty Godden is still out with appendicitis, and Liam Kelly and Josh Eccles are both still injured.

Predicted lineups

Reading:

Hein; Yiadom, Morrison, Holmes, Rahman, Laurent, Rinomhota, Ince, Swift, Hoilett, Joao.

Coventry:

Moore; Hyam, Clarke-Salter, Rose, Kane, Sheaf, Hamer, Maatsen, O'Hare, Allen, Gyokeres.

Ones to watch

Junior Hoilett

The Canadian has been a player that has shone in recent games with his pace and trickery still great, even at the age of 31. Coming off the back of a positive international break, Hoilett combined well with Tom Ince on Wednesdy night and brought something that Reading have been lacking upfront recently, and they'll be hoping to see more of the same on Saturday.

Viktor Gyokeres

The Swede had started the season in excellent form, scoring nine goals in the first eleven games in the Championship, but the in the next months he went on a goal drought. Now, he has started hitting form again, scoring three in his last four in all competitions. With Reading's poor defence, expect Gyokeres to be licking his lips at the prospect of playing the Royals this weekend.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was back in August when a late winner from Godden completed Coventry' comeback as they won 2-1, after being 0-1 down to Reading at half time.

How to watch

This game is unavailable to watch in the UK, but is available on both clubs' websites to people outside the UK and Ireland to watch live and costs £10.

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