Looks as if we are in for an interesting game in Berkshire, as Reading host the league front runners Brighton on Saturday.
Reading have started off relatively well so far, with 2 wins and 2 defeats, both defeats coming away from home and both wins at home. Jaap Stam will be looking for improvements from his team, after being on the end of a 4-1 thumping by Newcastle on Wednesday. Reading have lost Oliver Norwood to the Seagulls, as well as attacking threats Matej Vydra and Hal Robson-Kanu, and so are quite fragile up top at the moment. Joint top scorer Gareth McCleary will be the main threat to the Seagulls, while other joint top scorer John Swift will be looking to control the midfield, and not let Brighton pay their passing game.
Form; W, W, L, L
FACT; Reading only lost 6 times at home last season and scored in all games but 7.
David Stockdale is in line to return to the starting line-up, but Chris Hughton might want to keep with Niki Maenpaa, who had an excellent debut on Tuesday. Meanwhile Albion trio Uwe Hunemeier, Solly March and Connor Goldson are al back in training, but the game will come too soon for them. Glenn Murray leads the way for the Seagulls in scoring , and his goal on Tuesday has put him joint top of the league with Ipswich’s Grant Ward, Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle and QPR’s Tjaronn Chery.
Form; D, W, W, W
FACT; Brighton are currently on a 17 league game unbeaten run, stretching back to March.
Last Time We Met; BHAFC - RFC (15/3/16)
A James Wilson goal was enough to seal 3 points for the Albion in a tight match.
Reading hold the cards in the h-2-h stats, with them winning 35 games. Brighton have won 30 and there have been 32 draws.
Rosenior, Bruno, Dunk, Bong;
Knockaert, Sidwell, Kayal, Skalak;
Reading 0-2 Brighton