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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
13:30 19th February 2017
By  Aidan Jones

MATCH PREVIEW: READING (H)

Huddersfield Town is back in Sky Bet Championship action on Tuesday evening with an encounter against fourth placed Reading.

David Wagner’s side will look to maintain the excellent recent form that has heralded only one defeat and 12 wins since the start of December in all competitions against a side battling for a Play-Off position.

The Opposition

The Royals enter Tuesday night’s game one place and one point behind Huddersfield Town, off the back of an unbeaten six game run in the Sky Bet Championship.

Under the guidance of Jaap Stam, Reading has been a permanent fixture in the Play-Offs throughout the season and has 60 points from 32 matches.

Jaap Stam 4_3

Earlier this season Stam’s Reading beat the 10 men 1-0 at the Madjeski Stadium after a first half strike from Roy Beerens.

Reading has the second best form at home this season, but away from home Stam’s side has only picked up 23 points from 15 games; the eighth best in the league. The Royals have only picked up two away wins in their last five in all competitions.

Reading: Players to Watch

John Swift, has been very active in front of goal this season with eight goals in all competitions in addition to two assists. He has been a key for Reading this season and will look to create opportunities for his teammates.

John Swift 4_3

Another important player for Stam is Chris Gunter. The experienced defender has been important for the team this season with his displays at the back. The welsh international is solid at the back and will provide an attacking threat.

Garath McCleary will have to be closely monitored by the Town defence; he is currently the Royals’ joint top scorer and the Club’s top assist maker.

Reading: January Transfers

Reading brought in five new additions during the January transfer window, one of which was Tiago Ilori who signed for a Club record fee.

The centre back joined from Liverpool FC for a reported fee of £3.75 million and has spent time on loan at a number of clubs around England and Europe.

The Royals bolstered its striker force bringing in Lewis Grabban on loan from Bournemouth and Adrian Popa for an undisclosed fee from Steaua Bucharest.

Jordan Mutch and Reece Oxford also joined the Club on loan from Crystal Palace and West Ham United respectively.

Reading’s Last League Line-Up (4-5-1):

GK Ali Al Habsi

DL Jordan Obita
DC Tyler Blackett
DC Liam Moore
DR Chris Gunter


ML Garath McCleary
MC Daniel Williams
MC Jordan Mutch
MC Liam Kelly
MR John Swift

S Lewis Grabban

Team News: Reading

Tiago Ilori is a doubt after picking up a foot injury against Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship last month, whilst Stephen Quinn may return to the starting line-up after returning to training over the last couple of weeks.

Paul McShane could also return after missing the Royals’ last two matches, however, midfielder Joey Van den Berg has been ruled out after picking up an injury against Cardiff City.

Callum Harriot is also a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury.

Team News: Huddersfield Town

Jonathan Hogg has been ruled out of the match with a groin injury, whilst Sean Scannell (ankle) and Kasey Palmer (hamstring) are also out.

Harry Bunn is a doubt with a hamstring problem while Aaron Mooy could return after sitting out the Manchester City game due to eligibility. Chris Löwe could also return after missing out against Rotherham with tight hamstrings.

Previous Meeting

Roy Beerens’ first half strike separated the two sides at the Madejski Stadium in September. Watch highlights courtesy of HTTV below.



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