Form (all comps): LWDWL
Reading will give a late fitness test to George Evans, who has a calf problem, while Aaron Tshibola is ruled out with a hamstring injury. New Latvian striker Deniss Rakels has received clearance to play but may lack match fitness.
A quiet transfer deadline day was followed by a familiar away result as The Royals returned from a trip to Portman Road empty handed. This chronic problem of winning away from home now means Reading have not had a victory on the road for ten matches with their last win coming against Burnley in September. Brian McDermott’s men will be pleased then that their next four matches are at the Mad Stad, starting with Saturday’s game against Wolves, a side they have lost only once to in seven meetings and are unbeaten in their last three at Madejski Stadium.
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Form (all comps): DDLWL
Wolves striker Joe Mason's goal after just three minutes on his debut against Bolton makes him a likely starter. Tommy Rowe, recalled after his loan, may keep his place but Mike Williamson (hamstring) may still be out.
Wolves come into this one after throwing away a two goal lead to draw at home with bottom of the league Bolton. One of Wolves’ scorers was James Henry who got the only goal in Wolves’ victory over The Royals at Molineux on Boxing Day. Since then their form has been up and down with three wins, two defeats and two draws. Kenny Jackett’s men have struggled to get results at home this season with a mere four victories from fifteen matches and only 19 goals scored.
Reading(v Ipswich): Ali Al Habsi, A. Ferdinand, C. Gunter, J. Cooper, S. Quinn (G. McCleary 61), H. Robson-Kanu, D. Williams, O. Norwood, J. Obita, Y. Kermorgant, M. Vydra.
Wolves (v Bolton): C. Ikeme, D. Batth, M. Doherty, E. Ebanks-Landell, C. Coady, D. Iorfa, K. McDonald, T. Rowe (G. Saville 82), B. Siguroarson (J. Henry 76), R. van La Parra, J. Mason (J. Price 86).
What The Opposition Think
We were awful against Bolton in midweek and the team is looking increasingly hotchpotch due to injuries. I think we're going to struggle for the remainder of the season.
Last Five Meetings
26 Dec 2015: Wolves 1-0 Reading (League Championship)
07 Feb 2015: Wolves 1-2 Reading (League Championship)
28 Sep 2014: Reading 3-3 Wolves (League Championship)
27 Jan 2009: Reading 1-0 Wolves (League Championship)
30 Sep 2008: Wolves 0-3 Reading (League Championship)
Head To Head
Reading v Ipswich: W:16 D:6 L:17
Reading FC 2-1 Wolves FC