Huddersfield FC v Reading FC
Tuesday 24th February, KO 7:45PM
The John Smith’s Stadium
Referee: James Adcock
Form (all comps): WLWLW
Ipswich v Reading: 0-1
Reading v Wigan: 0-1
Derby v Reading (FA Cup): 1-2
Reading v Leeds: 0-2
Wolves v Reading: 1-2
Manager: Steve Clarke
Reading recorded an emphatic win against a 4th placed Ipswich side that had only lost twice in the league at home all season. Jamie Mackie’s 14th minute strike was enough to take all 3 points as the Royals enjoyed another fruitful away day in East Anglia. Attention now turns toward a trip to Huddersfield whom they leapfrogged following their win over the tractor boys while Huddersfield could only draw with Cardiff. The Royals have already beaten Huddersfield at The John Smith’s Stadium when the two teams were paired in the FA Cup 3rd round, a match Reading won 1-0. The match at Madejski Stadium, in August ended 2-1 to the Terriers.
Huddersfield Town (16th)
Form (all comps): DDLWL
Cardiff v Huddersfield: 0-0
Bournemouth v Huddersfield: 1-1
Huddersfield v Wolves: 1-4
Millwall v Huddersfield: 1-3
Huddersfield v Leeds: 1-2
03 Jan 2015 Huddersfield v Reading W 0-1 FA Cup
19 Aug 2014 Reading v Huddersfield L 1-2 League Championship
29 Mar 2014 Reading v Huddersfield D 1-1 League Championship
14 Dec 2013 Huddersfield v Reading W 0-1 League Championship
28 Oct 2003 Reading v Huddersfield W 1-0 Carling Cup
This will be the 44th meeting between these two sides and Reading hold the far better record, winning 22 times while Huddersfield have won on 12 occasions with 9 draws. Huddersfield’s last win was at Madejski Stadium at the beginning of the season with the match ending 2-1 to the visitors sealing their first win against Reading since 1998. These teams recently met at The John Smith’s Stadium for their FA Cup 3rd round match that saw Reading come out on top thanks to a Nick Blackman goal.
Reading: Chris Gunter, Anton Ferdinand and Jem Karacan are all still sidelined. Steve Clarke may make changes to the side that won at Ipswich as they face their second game in 4 days. Oliver Norwood and Garath McCleary could be brought back into the starting line-up.
Huddersfield: Manager Chris Powell is expected to have an unchanged squad to pick from for the visit of Reading. Forwards Joe Lolley and Ishmael Miller are pushing for a starting place after coming off the bench on Saturday. Centre-back Joel Lynch is out with a groin problem.
Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Reading
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