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Match preview: Reading vs Forest

11 January 2019

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action when they face Reading at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds exited the Emirates FA Cup last weekend at the hands of holders Chelsea, and will be keen to make it back to back wins in the league following the victory over Leeds on New Year's Day.

Reading also lost out in the FA Cup against Manchester United and will be hoping to climb out of the relegation places with their first win since November.

Team news

Tobias Figueiredo is still doubtful through injury, while Michael Hefele remains sidelined. 

Lewis Grabban could return to the squad to face his former side with Costel Pantilimon expected to regain his place in goal.

The opposition view

Reading manager Jose Gomes said he hopes his side can transfer a good week on the training pitch into a much-needed victory against Forest.

He said: "It was important to have a full week with the players and to get to know each other better. They are really working very well.

"We have all of the training sessions on video and the work that they did is amazing. So we are happy for that, but they must transfer that to the game. 

"What we need is to win. These players need – and deserve – to win. It's transferring the work that we do daily on the training pitch, and doing it in the game. It is not only a question of performing well; we must win the game."

One to watch - Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Reading's top scorer this season, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, has been troubled by injury of late but is set to return for The Royals this weekend.

Head to head

Forest wins - 20
Reading wins - 14
Draws - 10

Last time out: Forest 1-0 Reading (Saturday 11th August, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Nottingham Forest supporters have snapped up all tickets for this game, with no further tickets being made available.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest can watch the full match live, while domestic subscribers will be able to listen to the action with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham.

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

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Leeds vs Derby (Friday, 7.45pm)
Birmingham vs Middlesbrough
Brentford vs Stoke
Bristol City vs Bolton
Hull vs Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich vs Rotherham
Preston vs Swansea
Sheffield United vs QPR
West Brom vs Norwich
Wigan vs Aston Villa
Millwall vs Blackburn (5.30pm)

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