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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
14:00 21st September 2016
By  David Threlfall-Sykes

PREVIEW: READING (A)

The Terriers are back on the road this weekend with a Sky Bet Championship game at Jaap Stam’s Reading.

After a week with no game due to the EFL Cup elimination at Shrewsbury, David Wagner’s side will be looking to build on the excellent performance and result against QPR last time in an uncommon Saturday trip to the Madejski Stadium.

At Reading, Town will come up against a side playing a new possession-based style under the former Manchester United defender; one that has heralded some impressive results so far.

THE OPPOSITION

Reading relieved former boss Brian McDermott of his duties and gave Stam (pictured below)his first permanent managerial job when he was appointed in mid-June 2016.

Jaap Stam 4_3

The former centre back, who made a real impression on English football with his imposing three year stint at Manchester United between 1998 and 2001, had previously worked as an assistant at Dutch clubs FC Zwolle and Ajax before being given the Royals’ mantle this summer.

Since his appointment, Stam has overseen a large change in the squad, with a number of players following him to England from mainland Europe. They include Danzell Gravenberch from FC Dordrecht, holding midfielder Joey van den Berg from Heerenveen, striker Joseph Mendes from French side Le Havre, winger Roy Beerens from Hertha Berlin in Germany and Yakou Meite from Paris St-Germain.

That was supplemented by more familiar names to most Town fans including Chelsea’s John Swift, Callum Harriott from Charlton Athletic, centre back Liam Moore from Leicester City and Manchester United left back Tyler Blackett.

Early results have been encouraging. Although an opening day home win over Preston was followed by back-to-back defeats at Newcastle United and Wolves, a home draw with Brighton has been followed by wins over Cardiff City, Ipswich Town, Barnsley and a draw with Birmingham City.

Interestingly, Reading is yet to lose on home soil so far this campaign.

Those results leave Reading eighth in the early Sky Bet Championship table, five points behind the table-topping-Terriers.

READING: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Reading striker Yann Kermorgant has been a real threat to Town in years gone by for former clubs Charlton Athletic and AFC Bournemouth. The powerful Frenchman is very potent in the aerial challenge and needs to be watched closely when balls come into the box from the wide players.

John Swift 4_3

21 year-old John Swift (pictured above) is also a threat, having notched four games in all competitions already this campaign. A player with an eye for the spectacular strike and with the ability to go past players, he has been playing as one of the midfield three as opposed to his former out-and-out wing position.

Another player to keep an eye on is holding midfielder Joey van den Berg (pictured below). A fiery character who is equally ferocious on the pitch, he breaks up play for the home side just in front of the back four.

Joey van den Berg 4_3

READING: SIGNINGS

Reading has brought in a number of players over the summer, with a fair few now regulars in Stam’s side.

One such player is 21 year-old midfielder George Evans, who has started every Sky Bet Championship game for the Royals so far this campaign. A tall player in the engine room, he left Manchester City to play for Stam.

Dutchman Roy Beerens is another ever-present having joined from German side Hertha Berlin this summer. A tricky left-sided attacker, he came through the PSV youth system but made his name at Heerenveen before playing for AZ and the Berlin side. He’s also got two caps for his country.

Reading’s previous league line-up (4-3-3):

GK Ali Al-Habsi

DL Tyler Blackett
DC Liam Moore
DC Paul McShane
DR Chris Gunter

MC John Swift
MC George Evans
MC Danny Williams

AML Roy Beerens
S Yann Kermorgant
AMR Garath McCleary

READING: TEAM NEWS

Saturday’s hosts will be without the services of two suspended players this weekend, with both winger Garath McCleary and left back Tyler Blackett seeing red cards in the last couple of games.

Centre back Liam Moore suffered a dead leg in the midweek EFL Cup win at Brighton, but is expected to be OK for Saturday’s fixture.

TOWN: TEAM NEWS

With Sean Scannell returning to the bench for last weekend’s win over QPR, the only injury issue that David Wagner has to contend with is winger Joe Lolley’s foot issue.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

8 Mar 2016: Huddersfield Town 3-1 Reading
19 Jan 2016: Reading 5-2 Huddersfield Town
9 Jan 2016: Huddersfield Town 2-2 Reading
3 Nov 2015: Reading 2-2 Huddersfield Town
24 Feb 2015: Huddersfield Town 3-0 Reading



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