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Match preview: Reading (A)

28 October 2016

Nottingham Forest will be looking to end the month of October with a victory over Jaap Stam's Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Following the disappointing defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City in recent weeks, there would be no better time to record a first away win of the season than when Nottingham Forest travel to Reading this weekend.

The Reds have struggled to pick up points on the road but will take heart from Reading's inconsistent form which has seen them win only one of their last six matches in all competitions - a 1-0 victory at Rotherham last Saturday.

Philippe Montanier knows his side have to start putting points on the board to avoid being dragged into the bottom three but will also want to see his players get that elusive first victory away from home to kick-start the season.

Nottingham Forest coach Philippe Montanier will be without nine first-team players for the game at Reading including Thomas Lam and Hildeberto Pereira who will miss the trip to the Madejski Stadium through suspension.

The likes of David Vaughan, Mustapha Carayol and Nicklas Bendtner will all be absent through injury but Britt Assombalonga may get some much-needed game time under his belt as he continues his recovery from a calf strain.

Reading have no fresh injury concerns following their EFL Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal in midweek but Jaap Stam will have some selection decisions to make with Liam Kelly and Dominic Samuel both pushing for starts.

Nottingham Forest

Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 2-1
Fulham (H) - Drew 1-1
Bristol City (A) - Lost 2-1
Birmingham City (H) - Won 3-1
Blackburn Rovers (A) - Lost 2-1
Cardiff City (H) - Lost 2-1


Brentford (A) - Lost 4-1
Derby County (H) - Drew 1-1
Queens Park Rangers (A) - Drew 1-1
Aston Villa (H) - Lost 2-1
Rotherham United (A) - Won 1-0
Arsenal (A) - Lost 2-0

John Swift

Former Chelsea midfielder John Swift arrived at Reading on free transfer from Stamford Bridge in the summer and has made a positive impact at the Madejski Stadium with a number of impressive performances and four goals.

The 21-year-old playmaker has the ability to provide plenty of ammunition to Reading's attacking arsenal and his runs from midfield can often cause problems for opposition defences.

Jaap Stam: “The game on Saturday against Forest is a very important game. It’s a very big game so we’re going to try to get a good result at home. In the Championship there are lots of games to be played and also in the cups as well.

“While the other teams in the league have been able to have their rest and prepare for the game we have been working hard to try and get a result in the cup. We want to work on our shape. We want to try and improve as a team and achieve what we want to achieve so we can keep doing well in the league.”

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Reading will be available to purchase from the away ticket office at the Madejski Stadium with cash only and are priced as follows:

Adults - £23
Seniors - £16
18-24 years - £13
Under 18s - £8

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 afternoon, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Reading - 1/1
Draw - 12/5
Nottingham Forest - 11/4

To score first:

Yann Kermorgant - 9/2
Apostolos Vellios - 13/2
Henri Lansbury - 11/1
Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated

QPR v Brentford (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Barnsley v Bristol City
Brighton v Norwich
Cardiff v Wigan
Derby v Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham v Huddersfield
Ipswich v Rotherham
Leeds v Burton Albion
Preston v Newcastle
Blackburn v Wolves (Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm)
Birmingham v Aston Villa (Sunday, kick-off 12pm)

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