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Preview: Reading (H)

20 February 2018

Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground tonight as they face Reading in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Reds picked up a point in a battling display against Burton Albion on the weekend, fighting hard with ten men after Eric Lichaj's early red card.

Forest dug in and showed plenty of defensive resolive to keep a clean sheet and ensure they left the Pirelli Stadium with something to show for their efforts and will be looking to build on that against The Royals this evening.

Reading have had a difficult season after coming close to promotion in last year's play-off final. The hangover from that Wembley defeat has been long-lasting as they have been lingering around the relegation places and they arrive at The City Ground on a run of one win in their last 11 league outings.

Their last two league victories, against Sunderland and Burton, have both come away from home though so Jaap Stam's side will prove a difficult opponent.

See below for the pre-match views from the Forest camp.

Team news

Eric Lichaj misses out for The Reds having been sent off in Saturday's draw against Burton Albion. The defender starts a three-match ban this evening.

Michael Mancienne and Joe Worrall were also absent for the stalemate at the Pirelli Stadium through illness and injury respectively, with Worrall set to miss out again.

Apostolos Vellios and Daryl Murphy have also been struggling through illness so all three are doubts.

From the opposition

Reading have been away in Spain for a training camp in preparation for tonight's game and manager Jaap Stam hopes that there will be long-term benefits from their week away.

Due to Emirates FA Cup commitments of other teams, Reading were without a fixture on the weekend so headed to the continent for some time away and Stam hopes they will be extra prepared for the game.

He said: "We're looking at the first game that we need be playing against Nottingham Forest – although the camp isn't only for that game! It's for the long term and getting benefit out of it. But we're using the camp to try and prepare for that match."

Former Forest defender Chris Gunter is set to line up against his former side for The Royals and he believes that the focus needs to be on what they can do well.

He said: "Forest haven't had too many good results of late – they'll be thinking that they're at home and will want to win the game as well. It's a game where we need to go there and keep doing the things we're doing well, and knowing that there are things we need to do better. It's a good chance, and when you have a lot of games in a short space of time, it's important that you play well and pick up results."

One to watch - Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Icelandic striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is The Royals' top scorer this season with eight goals and will be key to the way Reading attack this evening.

The hard-working front man scored two goals in their last league triumph against Burton Albion and will be keen to add more goals to his tally at The City Ground.

Last visit

Tickets

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Coverage

Live coverage will be available on iFollow Forest, with live match footage available for international subscribers and audio commentary also available.

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated:

Aston Villa v Preston
Barnsley v Burton
Brentford v Birmingham
Middlesbrough v Hull
Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v QPR
Bolton v Sunderland (8pm)
Bristol City v Fulham (Wednesday)
Derby v Leeds (Wednesday)
Ipswich v Cardiff (Wednesday)
Wolves v Norwich (Wednesday)


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