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Reading FC v Ipswich Town: Match Preview

Reading FC face Ipswich Town FC under the lights at Madejski Stadium tonight going in search of their first home win of the season; Phil Owtram provides a preview of the match.

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Reading FC

Form (all comps): WWDDD

A number of Reading’s players have been on international duty and will be assessed ahead of the game, while Defender Paul McShane is a doubt with a back injury. New signings Matej Vydra, Ola John and Lucas Piazon have been worked hard on the training pitch during the international break and could be in line for their first starts for The Royals. Reading are looking for their first home win of the season and will be hopeful they can get it against The Tractor Boys whom they have only lost to once in eight previous meetings. Expect a win tonight for either side, there have only been two draws in fifteen previous meetings between these two teams.

Reading FC vs. Ipswich Town FC:11 September 2015 20:00 KO Madejski Stadium, ReadingReferee: Roger East

Ipswich Town FC

Form (all comps): LWWWW

Manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Christophe Berra (hamstring), David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy (groin) will all return to the squad for the game in Berkshire. Ipswich sit third in the table after three wins from their opening five games, with the home defeat to Brighton before the international break their first of the season. Striker Freddie Sears has three goals already this season and is one to watch from an attacking point of view.

Lineups From Last Game

Reading FC: J. Bond, A. Ferdinand, P. McShane, C. Gunter, S. Quinn, H. Robson-Kanu (G. McCleary 46), D. Williams, O. Norwood (M. Hector 90+4), J. Obita, O. Sa (A. Tshibola 82), N. Blackman

Ipswich Town FC: D. Gerken, L. Chambers, T. Smith, J. Knudsen, J. Emmanuel, J. Douglas, C. Skuse, R. Fraser, A. Maitland-Niles, F. Sears, B. Pitman

What The Opposition Think

Until the last match - a defeat at home to Brighton - it was pretty hard not to be very excited. We're playing well, have brought in some great new faces over the summer, and we were top of the league! I think (I hope) the Brighton game was a blip.

Last Five Meetings

21 Feb 2015: Ipswich 0-1 Reading (League Championship)

16 Aug 2014: Reading 1-0 Ipswich (League Championship)

25 Jan 2014: Ipswich 2-0 Reading (League Championship)

03 Aug 2013: Reading 2-1 Ipswich (League Championship)

31 Dec 2011: Reading 1-0 Ipswich (League Championship)

Head To Head

Reading vs Ipswich: W:21 D:9 L:24

YouTube History

Prediction

Reading 1-0 Ipswich