So who are we playing?: Scunthorpe away at Glanford Park
Where are Scunthorpe in the Championship? 22nd
Recent Form? Before Saturday the Iron had lost five straight, conceding 16 times and scoring just one goal. Leaders QPR were next up and just when you thought it could be seven in a row and 20+ goals conceded, Scunthorpe pulled off a sensational 4-1 win to give themselves a shot at safety.
Last time we played them? We met on the opening day of the season where Gylfi Sigurdsson's final home league goal for the club wasn't enough as Garry Thompson and Rob Jones gave the visitors a 2-1 win
Any former Royals?: Marcus Williams is on loan at Scunthorpe right now but is ineligible to play against us. Former Royals midfielder Andy Hughes could play though, with the former Alan Pardew signing on loan from Leeds.
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Tilehurst End Thoughts In Brief:
It all seems a little too good to be true right now if you're a Royals fan. We've won six in a row, we're six points clear of the chasing pack in the playoff zone and we're now just four points from an automatic promotion place. Add to that the fact tonight's opposition are in the drop zone and have just one win in six and you'd think this would be an away banker.... no, no and no. Scunthorpe's last two wins have been at home to QPR and at home to Swansea, not to mention the fact they won at the Madejski earlier this season, so nobody will be taking this game for granted.
As mentioned we lost our previous encounter against the Iron, and we also didn't manage a win last season against them. A 1-1 home draw was followed by a 2-2 draw towards the end of the season that all but ended our playoff hopes, let's hope tonight doesn't spell the same for our faint automatic promotion chances.
Team wise and I'd be surprised to see Brian McDermott make any changes, though he does have the option of restoring Adam Federici or Alex Pearce to the starting lineup, but Noel Hunt and Matt Mills are unlikely to be involved. There's also a chance Brian might opt to give Simon Church a start after his last minute goal at Forest, while giving Matheui Manset a rest.
I've predicted doom and gloom most of these previews so far and we've won them all, so I'm sticking with a 'winning' formula and going for a 2-1 Scunny win ;)
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