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Rotherham United FC v Reading FC: Match Preview

Reading travel to Rotherham in the first of their final two league games of the season.

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Rotherham United FC v Reading FC
League Championship
Tuesday 28th April, KO 7:45PM
New York Stadium
Referee: Graham Salisbury

Reading (19th)
Form (all comps): LLLLD
Reading v Brentford: 0-2
Reading v Birmingham: 0-1
Reading v Arsenal (FA Cup): 1-2 (AET)
Reading v Bournemouth: 0-1
Reading v Blackburn: 0-0

Manager: Steve Clarke

Reading finished their home league campaign with a loss as The Royals failed to win for an 8th successive league game. An Alan Judge goal gave the visitors an early lead before James Tarkowski sealed the win with Brentford’s second with 25 minutes remaining. Reading now face two away games before the end of the season starting this evening with a trip to 21st placed Rotherham.

Rotherham (21st)
Form (all comps): DDLWL
Rotherham v Norwich: 1-1
Fulham v Rotherham: 1-1
Middlesbrough v Rotherham: 2-0
Rotherham v Brighton: 1-0
Birmingham v Rotherham: 2-1

Manager: Steve Evans

Rotherham come into this one sitting in 21st place, one point above the relegation zone after having been docked 3 points for fielding an ineligible player. The Millers will ensure safety tonight with a win despite their point’s deduction and relegate Wigan and Millwall.

Last five meetings
07 Feb 2004 Rotherham v Reading L 5-1 League Division 1
21 Aug 2004 Reading v Rotherham W 1-0 League Championship
15 Mar 2005 Rotherham v Reading L 1-0 League Championship
04 Nov 2014 Reading v Rotherham W 3-0 League Championship
28 Apr 2015 Rotherham v Reading D 0-0 League Championship

Head to Head
This will be the 42nd meeting between these two sides and it is Reading that hold the far superior record with 18 wins to Rotherham’s 9 with 14 ending in a draw. When the teams met at Madejski Stadium in November, Reading ran out 3-0 winners.

Team News
Reading: Reading could be without striker Pavel Pogrebnyak (calf). Defenders Jure Travner (groin) and Anton Ferdinand (calf) are out.

Rotherham: Striker Danny Ward is a doubt with a knock and winger Adam Hammill is looking to start after coming off the bench at the weekend.

Prediction: Rotherham 1-0 Reading