After the long old slog up to Blackburn in midweek, it’s on the road again for the Royals to take on Coventry City in the Midlands.
We can’t use the old ‘sent to Coventry’ puns for this one… the Sky Blues are currently playing their home ties 20 miles to the west at St Andrew’s, home of Birmingham City.
It’ll be our first meeting with Coventry since our promotion campaign in 2011-12 – three points are up for grabs as we go toe to toe in the Midlands.
Watch it live
There’ll be no iFollow coverage of this one – we are on Sky Sports Football for the 7.45pm kick-off, so Match Passes are not available and international subscribers will have to check their local listings to see which TV station is broadcasting the game in their country.
Sky Sports subscribers in the UK can watch this one – and if you haven’t got Sky Sports, you can grab a Sky Sports Day Pass through NOW TV for £9.99 – allowing you access to all 11 Sky Sports channels for 24 hours, and most importantly, giving you the opportunity to watch the Royals in action on Friday night!
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Mark Robins’ side were promoted as champions of League One last term; this year, they already face a bit of a battle at the bottom end of the table, with just a win and two draws so far from their eight games.
Bournemouth and Blackburn have each taken the full three points from their trips to St Andrew’s, although QPR were beaten on their visit to the Midlands on the second weekend of the season and Swansea were also held to a point.
At the moment the Sky Blues are on a winless run of six fixtures, and have lost the last two without scoring. But we’ll need to be at the races again if we are to exploit that fact.
David Webb – aptly named, the day before Halloween? – takes charge of the game on Friday night.
He has been on duty for one of our games already this season – our win away in Cardiff. Likewise he has refereed one Coventry match… that happens to be their most recent outing, where they lost 2-0 away in Middlesbrough.
Daniel Leach and Matthew Jones are the assistants referees in Birmingham and Oliver Langford is the fourth official.
A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays.
We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.