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Ricoh Arena (ATT 13,663) 30th October 2004 - Kick off 15:00

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Coventry v Reading preview

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 29/10/04 1:00pm

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Coventry will hope to put their midweek Carling Cup defeat at Middlesbrough as they take on a Reading side looking to go level with league leaders Wigan on Saturday.

The Royals are currently three points behind Wigan - who do not play until Sunday - and although vastly inferior goal difference makes it unlikely they will take top spot, Steve Coppell will be looking to put pressure on the leaders.

Coventry left Stern John out of the midweek defeat and the striker is expected to be restored to the starting line-up.

Steve Staunton has served his suspension following his red card at Wigan and Rohan Ricketts is available again after the League Cup defeat.

Claus Jorgensen has a rib injury and faces a late test if he is to make the match-day squad, while Tim Sherwood is not expected to return, with the club choosing to rest the player as he battles the long-term effects of his lengthy lay off from a broken leg.

Reading's top scorer Dave Kitson hurt a hip this week, but is not expected to miss out and Adie Williams is back to fitness and could be in contention.

Shaun Goater is out for a month with a calf problem, and Nicky Forster (groin) is also ruled out, meaning Lloyd Owusu is expected to continue up front.

Paul Brooker is also fit again and could make the squad after his groin problem.

Coventry 13/8 Draw 11/5 Reading 11/8 -
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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13