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Michael Taylor 30th Nov 2008 - 16:29

Coppell needs to find consistency

Steve Coppell knows better than anyone else that consistency is the key to promotion but, so far this season, it is the one thing Reading have not managed, despite lying third in the league.

When Coppell marched the Royals to Premier League promotion three years ago his team lost just two games, yet this season, an equally talented squad has already been defeated five times.

It is this stuttering form that has allowed rivals Wolves and Birmingham to pull away in the promotion race, and when Coventry visit the Madejski on Monday night, only a win will suffice.

Coventry themselves are struggling to find momentum, losing seemingly easy games at home while walking away from tough away games three points better off.

It looks like being a fascinating match with Reading finding goal scoring as easy as taking candy from a baby and Coventry playing an attacking, aesthetically pleasing style of football.

However, the home team should have the edge as they look to bounce back from a humiliating home loss against Southampton, and are priced 8/15 to win (the draw is 14/5 and it is 11/2 about a Coventry win.)

Coventry have made steady progress under Chris Coleman and they should continue improving as the players get used to his system, but they are lacking a genuine goal scorer.

Clinton Morrison has been chipping in with some vital goals, while Michael Mifsud is a constant thorn in the side of the opposition, but it is hard to see how they can outscore Reading.

Looking at the correct score market, interesting propositions could be a 3-1 Reading win priced at 9/1, or for the braver punter, Reading to win 4-0 is priced at 22/1.

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