Reading will be forced into one change as Obita was sent off in the weekend defeat at Derby County. He is replaced in the left-wing-back role by Blackett, who is better served at centre back but has played this role before. Beerens is expected back in the squad, although only on the bench. There are no other expected changes to be made by Jaap Stam. Motivation is extremely high to win this game as they are starting to hang on to their play-off spot. Two straight defeats increases the pressure on them facing a side in Fulham, who are chasing down a top six spot. A win is the clear goal by Reading here, especially at home.. They always play to win, but recent performances suggest that’ll not be easy against a team that keep the ball well.
Fulham will make just the one change to the starting eleven which began Saturday’s away draw against Queens Park Rangers. This is a rotational change that sees right back Odoi replace Fredericks. This is a move which has often occurred in recent matches so overall quality doesn’t suffer. Key man Ayite is still away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, so Piazon retains his place. Away from home, Fulham have one of the best records in the league and certainly believe they can extend that with another three points on the road. That is the aim and they’ll look to achieve it through their normal attacking style of play. This revolves around keeping the ball in a patient and creative manner, whilst frustrating their opponents Reading, who also have a desire to play like that.
Verdict & Prediction
Two straight defeats has seen Reading slip down a few places in the Championship table, but they remain in a play-off place. Those losses places added significance on beating Fulham, which is very important. Reading players will believe they can win as motivation will be incredibly high to do so. I recommend a bet on Reading +0.25 to secure a possible draw.
Prediction: Reading +0.25 AH
Odds: 1.89 SBOBET