Birmingham City FC
Pre-season form: LLLWDDW
New signings Maikel Kieftenbeld and Jacques Maghoma will hope to be involved after joining over the summer from FC Groningen and Sheffield Wednesday respectively. Another summer addition, goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is set to start in goal after the former Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion stopper signed for The Blues following his release by Wolves. Birmingham will also have Arsenal loanee Jon Toral available after the youngster scored a hat-trick for the development side against Tottenham in midweek.
Pre-season form: DLDWD
Garath McCleary is set to miss this season's opener with a calf injury picked whilst representing Jamaica in the Gold Cup. Pavel Pogrebnyak will also miss Saturday's game after picking up a knock in Reading's final pre-season game against Espanyol last weekend. All Reading's new signings are fit and available for selection for Steve Clarke as he enters his first full season as manager.
Lineups From Last Game
Home: Bond (Al-Habsi 60), Gunter, Obita, Hector (McShane 60), Ferdinand, Tshibola (Fosu HT), Norwood, Quinn (Akpan 74), Williams, Blackman (Cox 60), Pogrebnyak (Sa 25)
Away: Kuszcazak; Caddis, Spector, Morrison, Grounds; Cotterill (Arthur 84), Gleeson, Kieftenbald (Davis 65), Gray (Maghoma 72); Shinnie (Toral 65); Donaldson (Novak 78)
Had we kept hold of the loanees we had last season, I would be more hopeful of us pushing for the play-offs, but with the general calmness and stability that Gary Rowett has given us since taking over, I'm confident we won't go down.
Last Five Meetings
22 Apr 2015 Reading 0-1 Birmingham City (League Championship)
13 Dec 2014 Birmingham City 6-1 Reading (League Championship)
22 Mar 2014 Birmingham City 1-2 Reading (League Championship)
28 Sep 2013 Reading 2-0 Birmingham City (League Championship)
28 Apr 2012 Birmingham City 2-0 Reading (League Championship)
Head To Head
Reading games v Birmingham City:
Games won: 10
Games drawn: 10
Games lost: 10
Andre Bikey was the unlikely hero in this relegation six-pointer from 2008.
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Birmingham City 1 - 1 Reading