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Reading FC v Milton Keynes Dons: Match Preview

Reading FC host Milton Keynes Dons in the first-ever competitive meeting between the two sides; Phil Owtram provides a preview of the match.

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Reading FC

Form (all comps): DDWLD

Steve Clarke may give on-loan Spanish midfielder Alex Hernandez his first appearance for The Royals but Peru winger Paolo Hurtado is still short of match fitness. Pavel Pogrebnyak, Dominic Samuel and Garath McCleary are also out but Tariqe Fosu is back available following an ankle injury.

Reading vs. MK Dons:22 August 2015 15:00 KO Madejski Stadium, ReadingReferee: David Coote

MK Dons FC

Form (all comps): WLWWL

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has few injury problems and West Ham loan signing Diego Poyet may be handed his debut. Daniel Powell, Dale Jennings, Sergio Aguza and Sam Gallagher could also feature if Robinson opts for change.

Lineups From Last Game

Reading: J. Bond, A. Ferdinand, A. Taylor (J. Obita 76), P. McShane, C. Gunter, S. Quinn, H. Robson-Kanu (M. Hector 84), D. Williams, O. Norwood, A. Tshibola, O. Sa (N. Blackman 84)

MK Dons: D. Martin, K. McFadzean, D. Lewington, J. Spence, D. Potter, A. Kay, C. Baker, C. Benavente (D. Powell 56), S. Carruthers, D. Bowditch (M. Upson 82), S. Church (S. Gallagher 68)

What The Opposition Think

If he stays fit enough. Ben Reeves is a very promising attacking midfielder with a very sweet left foot. He can score from very long range and has an eye for a pass as well, 3 assists against Manchester United should give you an idea if his value to the team. Our player of the season last year was Carl Baker, one of our more senior player at 31, but a wide player with a lot of trickery and can bag a goal or two.

Last Five Meetings

This is the first competitive meeting between the two sides

Prediction

Reading FC 2-1 MK Dons