After a 4-1 thumping of Doncaster at the Madejski last week, Reading face another home fixture, this time against a struggling Millwall side, who sit in 18th place. The Royals’ are currently unbeaten at home, while the Lions don’t hold a very good away record, having lost their last two away fixtures, conceding nine goals in the process. All statistics point towards a home banker, but you can never be certain.
Reading manager Nigel Adkins on his side’s good home form – ‘We talked about it at the start of the campaign, you’ve got to make sure pick up your points at home, you win your home games. The next game we’ve got now is Millwall, they’re going to present a tough challenge – we know that. We know that we’ve got to be on top of our game from an energy point of view to give ourselves a good opportunity in the game because I know they’re going through a good run of form at the moment.’
Millwall boss Steve Lomas – ‘You seldom go away from home in this Division, play badly and come away with anything. Reading are a very good side, particularly at home, so we have to go there and give nothing away. We do look as though we have goals in our team, but we have to give ourselves the platform to ask questions of the opposition. Last week, Doncaster had a man sent off and in the end were well beaten by Reading which just emphasises once again what I’ve been saying about keeping 11 men on the pitch.’
Reading Team News:
Reading are likely to be without first choice keeper Alex McCarthy, who missed last week’s win over Doncaster. Also missing out will be the eccentric Royston Drenthe and midfielder Danny Williams, who are still recovering from their respective injuries. The game has probably come too early for striker Billy Sharp, who has returned to training this week. Long-term absentee’s Mikele Leigertwood and Jason Roberts are still nowhere near full fitness.
Player to watch: Garath McCleary
Apart from Danny Guthrie and Alex McCarthy, the former Forest winger has been one of our best players this season. Seems to be filling a void left by Kebe, in that he is driving at defence’s and causing them problems.
Millwall Team News:
Defender Alan Dunne is still suspended for the Lions, meaning Paul Connolly will continue in his place. Lomas revealed that winger Lee Martin and midfielder Richard Chaplow are both likely to miss the game through injury.
Player to watch: Liam Feeney
The winger, who was most recently on loan at Bolton, was been recalled by his manager and will want to prove a point to him for letting him go in the first place. Feeney has good pace and can cause most defences some trouble on the right wing.
Reading – 4-4-2: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Morrison, Bridge, McCleary, Guthrie, Baird, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak
Millwall – 4-4-2: Forde, Malone, Shittu, Robinson, Connolly, Bailey, Trotter, Abdou, Woolford, McDonald, Waghorn
This is not going to be as easy as people are making out. Despite Millwall’s stuttering form, they picked up a very good result against QPR last week and a deserved point too. I think we will come away with the three points, but we will have to work for it.
Vital Reading prediction: Reading 2 – 0 Millwall
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