Coventry v Reading Preview

It looks as though neither of these sides have anything to play for as we approach this encounter, with Coventry sat comfortably above the bottom three while Reading look to have secured their playoff position.  The game has also been given an extra dimension this week with the news that Coventry have confirmed Andy Thorn as their new permanent manager, after he impressed immensely during his spell as caretaker.

Coventry have endured yet another disappointing campaign and worryingly, the Sky Blues have gone through yet another manager. Aidy Boothroyd lasted just months in the job and since his departure Andy Thorn has been in charge, with the club experiencing something of an upturn in form. The improvement has merited Thorn being promoted to the permanent position of manager, in a move that has certainly split the fans considering his inexperience. However, it would be hard for him to do worse than this season which has seen the Ricoh Arena outfit battle in the bottom half for the majority of it. The club are currently sat in 17th position and with just two games of the campaign remaining, they are not going to improve on that very much.

Reading on the other hand appear to have secured their playoff place, with the Royals sat in 5th position and leading 7th place by six points. With the Madejski outfit holding such a strong goal difference, it looks as though they are all set for the playoff stage and could even rest key players for these remaining fixtures. On the flip side, Brian McDermott may want to make sure his side continue their fantastic form which has seen them lose only one game since mid-February. That defeat actually came in their last outing , with Sheffield United coming from behind to grab an unexpected 3-2 victory. Still, the Royals’ form over recent months cannot be disputed and if they can at least finish the campaign undefeated, they will take some great confidence into the playoff stages.

Coventry approach this clash with two concerns, as Marlon King and Chris Hussey struggle with injury and illness respectively. Both are penciled in for late fitness tests, giving Andy Thorn plenty of time before making a decision. There’s not much to report for the visitors meanwhile who could look to recall Jimmy Kebe. The Malian winger has been struggling with a thigh injury for the past couple of games but he has now recovered and is waiting for Brian McDermott’s call.

As for a prediction, we think this will end in a draw. Both sides have enjoyed some decent form over recent weeks but with the season now dying out, we’ll predict a drab 1-1 result in this encounter.

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