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Preston North End v Reading FC: Match Preview

Manager-less Reading travel to Lancashire to take on Preston North End, searching for only their second win in nine Championship games; Phil Owtram previews the clash.

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Preston North End

Form (all comps): WDLDW

Australia international Bailey Wright is back from a two-game ban although might struggle to regain his position at the centre of defence. Preston are still without long-term injured Jermaine Beckford (knee) and Chris Humphrey (shin), while Stevie May damaged his cruciate ligament at Fulham and will have to have surgery.

Preston come into this one on the back of famous away win at fifth placed Burnley last weekend. The Lancashire side put an end to The Clarets ten game unbeaten run in The Championship with a 2-0 win at Turf Moor. The two goals both came from counter attacks first from Will Keane and then again from Daniel Johnson to seal the win. After wining promotion from League One last season survival is likely to be The Lilywhites top priority come May and they are on track, sitting in 18th place five points above third from bottom Charlton.

Preston North End vs. Reading:12 December 2015 15:00 KO Deepdale Stadium, ReadingReferee: Geoff Eltringham

Reading

Form (all comps): LLWLD

After his howler against QPR, Al-Habsi’s starting place has come into question with Jonathan Bond waiting in the wings should stand-in manager Martin Khul decide to give the young goalkeeper his chance. Hal Robson-Kanu returned from injury against QPR and could be in line to start. Stephen Quinn and Aaron Tshibola remain long term absentees.

Preston (v Burnley): J. Pickford, P. Huntington, T. Clarke, G. Cunningham, M. Vermijl, A. Reach, D. Johnson (J. Welsh 90+5), A. Browne, P. Gallagher, J. Garner, W. Keane, J. Hugill (79).

Reading (v QPR): Ali Al-Habsi, A. Ferdinand, A. Taylor, C. Gunter, M. Hector, G. McCleary, D. Williams, O. Norwood, Alex (H. Robson-Kanu 73), N. Blackman (O. John 80), M. Vydra, (Sa 80).

What The Opposition Think

Steady away at the moment. While criticised by many fans for so called negative tactics our manager is slowly winning supporters over, especially in the last few weeks thanks to a couple of decent away performance.

A good draw away at Fulham was followed by great 2-0 victory at high flying Burnley which now sees us on 21 points from 19 games - a total a lot of us, myself included would have taken at the start of the season. In saying that, you also feel there is more to come from this Preston side.

Last Five Meetings

05 Apr 2011: Reading 2-1 Preston North End (League Championship)

02 Oct 2010: Preston North End 1-1 Reading (League Championship)

02 May 2010: Reading 4-1 Preston North End (League Championship)

29 Sep 2009: Preston North End 1-2 Reading (League Championship)

07 Feb 2009: Reading 0-0 Preston North End (League Championship)

Head To Head

Reading v Preston: W:19 D:12 L:20

YouTube History

Prediction

Preston 1-2 Reading