Coventry City vs Reading Betting Tip Draw & Under 2.5 Goals – 21 August 2021

Honours even between Sky Blues & Royals

Coventry City vs Reading
21st August 1500hrs
Football – England – EFL Championship
Pick Draw & Under 2.5 Goals
Bookmaker Unibet
Odds: 3/1 odds taken 1015 GMT, Friday 20 August

Mark Robins’ Coventry City welcome Veljko Paunovic’s Reading to the Coventry Building Society Arena for a tasty fixture in the EFL Championship on Saturday afternoon. Having taken six points from their opening three games, the Sky Blues will fancy their chances in this one. However, the Royals will be desperate to bounce back from the midweek home loss. In our in-depth Coventry vs Reading betting preview, we have the latest odds and tips.

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Coventry City Preview – Will the Sky Blues seal a third win?

Coventry City picked up a memorable win on the opening weekend of the 2021-22 season, celebrating their return to the Coventry Building Society Arena with a comeback win over Nottingham Forest. Two goals in the last nine minutes turned the game on its head to give City a 2-1 victory.

On matchday two, Mark Robins’ men were narrowly beaten by Barnsley, though they gave a good account of themselves at Oakwell. City were back to winning ways in midweek, winning 1-0 at newly promoted Blackpool. In a tight and tense affair by the seaside, Viktor Gyokeres, who was also on target on the opening weekend, netted the only goal of the game.

Our betting prediction:
Both teams to score

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(odds taken 1017 GMT, Friday 20 August)

Coventry have been excellent so far, and they will fancy their chances of moving on to nine points on Saturday. The bookies have the home win nicely priced at 5/4.

Reading Preview – Can the Royals bounce back?

Reading set the Championship alight at the beginning of last season, winning seven and drawing one of their opening eight fixtures. However, things have been far different this time around, as the Royals have already suffered two league defeats.

Reading were on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller at the bet365 Stadium in their opening match, losing 3-2 to Stoke City. They were then easily beaten by Swansea City at the Madejski Stadium in the EFL Cup. Last Saturday, Reading edged past Preston North End to pick up their first league win, though they followed that up with a disappointing 3-2 home reverse to Bristol City on Tuesday.

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After a sluggish start to their season, Veljko Paunovic’s troops could certainly do with a positive result in the Midlands on Saturday. Currently, you can get the away victory at 11/5.


Coventry City vs Reading Betting Advice

There were eight goals scored in the two meetings last term. Coventry beat Reading 3-2 at St Andrew’s back in October. However, the Royals returned the favour with a 3-0 home victory in January.

Three of the last six meetings have ended in draws, while Reading have not won at Coventry since 2009.


Key Facts – Coventry City vs Reading Betting Tip

  • Coventry have taken six points out of nine so far
  • Reading have lost three of their opening four league and cup matches
  • The Royals have won two of the last three meetings


This is a tough one to call. Coventry will be backed by their excellent home support, while Reading will be desperate to strike back from last Tuesday’s poor home reverse. With that in mind, we fancy the pair to play out a draw at the Coventry Building Society Arena. Check out the draw and under 2.5 goals at 3/1.

Reading have conceded first in three of their opening four matches this season. Back Coventry to open the scoring here at 8/11.


The best betting odds for Coventry City vs Reading

Coventry City to win: 5/4 at Bet365
Draw: 9/4 at Bet365
Reading to win: 11/5 at Bet365