Nottingham Forest will be aiming to get their relegation fight back on track following two defeats over the Easter weekend. The Reds lost out to Blackburn Rovers on Good Friday before another 1-0 defeat away to Cardiff on Monday which left them one point above the drop zone. The prospect of promotion-chasing Reading's visit to The City Ground provides Mark Warburton's men the opportunity to banish those results and take a step towards Championship safety.
Jaap Stam's side sit third in the Championship and will be hoping to get the three points to cement their place in the play-off positions. Automatic promotion is virtually out of reach for The Royals but they will be keen to build momentum ahead of their inevitable place in the end of season play-offs.
Matt Mills and Armand Traore missed out on the trip to South Wales with injuries picked up in the defeat against Blackburn, but both are pushing to be available for Saturday's clash.
Stephen Quinn is back training with the Reading and Jaap Stam is hopeful he will return by the end of the season. Sandro Wieser has injured his ankle just as he was looking to be making a return to the squad so is also out, as are Joey van den Berg, Deniss Rakels and Callum Harriott.
Derby (H) - Drew 2-2
Preston (A) - Drew 1-1
Wolves (A) Lost 1-0
Huddersfield (H) - Won 2-0
Blackburn (H) - Lost 1-0
Cardiff (A) - Lost 1-0
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Won 2-0
Leeds (H) - Won 1-0
Blackburn (H) - Won 3-1
Norwich (A) - Lost 7-1
Aston Villa (A) - Won 3-1
Rotherham (H) - Won 2-1
Yann Kermorgant is on fire with five goals in his last six games and 14 in the league this season. The veteran French striker had a slow start to his time at the Madejski but tops The Royals's scoring charts as he leads the charge for promotion.
The target man played for various French clubs before a successful trial saw him sign for Leicester in 2009. He struggled at the King Power Stadium but had a good goalscoring return at Charlton and Bournemouth, helping The Cherries to Premier League promotion, before signing for Reading in January 2016. The 35-year-old has taken the unusual step of announcing his retirement at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's match, Jaap Stam reflected on a busy Easter period which heralded two wins. He said: “At Villa, the players did really well against a very good side and got the three points. Of course some people thought Rotherham would be easy, but it’s not – playing so soon after is not so easy physically, and mentally it is not easy either.
“It tells you something about the team and in how they are. They are mentally strong. We have had situations this season when we have lost and we have come back with a winning streak. The players are in a good position – where they need to do well and they can do well. They are allowed to make mistakes but still get results. Everybody is very happy at the moment.
“We’ve had a couple more days this week than we had for the last game, but the players need to have their recovery and spend their time getting fit and feeling good again for Forest. There has been a lot of recovery and we’ve talked a lot about the games we’ve been playing. Thursday was an easy session and Friday we’ll do the tactical bit for the game on Saturday.”
Students are able to watch the clash with Reading for just £5. Details of this offer can be found here
Tickets are priced (matchday rate in brackets) as follows:
Adults - £24 (£26)
Seniors - £17 (£19)
Under 18s - £12 (£12)
Under 12s - £6 (£6)
Adults - £19 (£21)
Seniors - £14 (£16)
Under 18s - £10 (£10)
Under 12s - £5 (£5)
Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player
HD from 2pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall
and on the club's Twitter
page from 2.30pm. Forest Player
HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.
Nottingham Forest - 7/5
Reading - 9/5
Draw - 5/2
To score first:
Britt Assombalonga - 9/2
Zach Clough - 13/2
Yann Kermogant - 9/2
Garath McCleary - 6/1
Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.
Norwich v Brighton (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Brentford v QPR
Bristol City v Barnsley
Burton v Leeds
Huddersfield v Fulham
Rotherham v Ipswich
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby
Wigan v Cardiff
Wolves v Blackburn
Aston Villa v Birmingham (Sunday, kick-off 12pm)
Newcastle v Preston (Monday, kick-off 7.45pm)