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PREVIEW: City take on the Royals at the CBS Arena

Noel Hunt's side are the opponents this weekend...

21 April 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: City take on the Royals at the CBS Arena

Noel Hunt's side are the opponents this weekend...

21 April 2023

The Sky Blues entertain Reading at the Coventry Building Society Arena this weekend.

Meet the Royals:

Reading will arrive at the Coventry Building Society on Saturday afternoon searching for their first win since February's 3-1 win over Blackpool. Since then, the Royals have failed to win in 10 attempts, falling to five defeats during that period.

The Club was also handed a six-point deduction by the EFL, dropping them right into the relegation scrap with just three games left of the 2022/23 campaign.

Noel Hunt's side will be without their joint-top goalscorer Andy Carroll (suspended) but will still have Tom Ince and Lucas Joao at their disposal. 

Ince has proven to be Reading's most dangerous player so far this term with Junior Hoilett also impressing at full-back.

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Inside the Sky Blues camp:

Mark Robins said: “The players have been magnificent all season but now they have got themselves into a position that the club has not been in for a long, long time and then just go and execute and perform.

“We have to believe, and the belief should be there because we’ve earned that.

“They’ve played really well, and we’ve pick up a lot of points since the start of the season, because the first seven games of the season were a washout for us.

“Since that point, they’ve done fantastically well, so let’s just go with belief and play our game. There’s not much more we can do now other than keep giving them the direction and information and also be positive.”

Reading’s last six:

  • Reading 1-1 Luton Town
  • Reading 0-0 Burnley
  • Preston North End 2-1 Reading
  • Reading 1-1 Birmingham City
  • Bristol City 1-1 Reading
  • Reading 1-1 Hull City

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Sky Blues' last six:

  • Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Sky Blues
  • QPR 0-3 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 2-2 Watford
  • Swansea City 0-0 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 0-4 Stoke City
  • Blackpool 1-4 Sky Blues

Historic head-to-head:

Sky Blues wins - 21
Draws - 17
Reading wins - 29

Match Officials:

Matthew Donohue will be the man in the middle for the fixture, taking charge of his fourth City match of the season.

The English referee was in charge of Coventry games against Reading (A), Sheffield United (A) and Millwall (H).


Donohue has taken charge of 32 games so far this season, handing out 120 yellow cards and three red cards.

Paul Hodskinson and Matthew Smith will be his assistant referees with Craig Hicks as fourth official.


Ticket information:

This is a Category B fixture, with tickets priced:

Adults - £25

Concessions - £20
Under 18s - £15
JSB U16s - £10
JSB U13s - £0

Sky Blues fans can buy their tickets in advance of the game online at or the Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Fans will also be able to buy on the day at the Ticket Office or at Cash Turnstiles 30-35.

There's no Premium Zone, no additional booking fees to pay and there's no matchday price increase either.

The Concession category includes all students (with valid NUS card), alongside Seniors (60+), Young Adults (21 and Under) and serving members of the Armed Forces.

Our brilliant JSB Memberships give City fans age Under 16 access to the cheap ticket prices shown above.



Please note the Ticket Office is cashless - contactless card payment is now available.


  • Cash Turnstiles 30-35 from 1:30pm
  • Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena - open from 9:30am. 

Please note the Ticket Office is cashless, with contactless payment available. 


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