Reading face their toughest test of this league season as they visit Burnley. Burnley are unbeaten at home and will be looking to continue their push for an immediate bounce back to the premier league. Reading will be looking to build on their two fantastic consecutive away wins at Brentford and Bristol City.
Burnley- Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Kightly; Vokes, Hennings.
Reading- Bond; Gunter, Hector, McShane, Obita; Mccleary, Norwood, Williams, Quinn; Vydra, Blackman.
Burnley Team News:
Burnley are likely to be without main Striker Andre Gray after he suffered a hamstring injury in their Monday night game at Derby. Other forwards Jutkievicz and Barnes are definitely out, meaning new signing Hennings is likely to start. Joey Barton will be looking to make his first start in a Burnley shirt after his shock move to Turf moor in the summer.
Player to watch: George Boyd
George Boyd is a very clever little player and can cause any defenses in this league problems. He has a quality left foot as well as an eye for a pass. Boyd may well prove to be a thorn in this Reading side and the away sides defence will have to be alert at all times.
Reading Team News:
Anton Ferdinand is still sidelined with a minor thigh injury, whilst Dominic Samuel (Injured) and Orlando Sa (Suspended) are Readings only other absentees is this strong looking squad. After a good performance against Everton in midweek, the likes of Taylor, Tshibola, Piazon, John and Hurtado will be looking for a start in the league, but I expect Reading to stick with the team that beat Bristol City.
Player to watch: Nick Blackman
It’s impossible to look any further than Nick Blackman for Reading’s key player at the moment. The man is on fire and can’t stop scoring. His seven goals so far this season have really won over the Reading fans that doubted him throughout the last two seasons. Blackman has the potential to destroy this Burnley defence if he continues his form.
Did You Know?
These two sides have played each other 38 times with Reading winning 19 of them, drawing 10, losing 9.
At Burnley, Reading also have an impressive record, winning 8, losing 7, drawing 3.
At Reading, they’re the dominant force, winning 11, drawing 7, losing 2.
This is going to be a great test for both teams and a very intriguing encounter. I expect both these sides to be up there come the end of the season and I’m going to sit on the fence and go 1-1 with Vydra to score his first Reading goal.
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