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Reading FC v Preston North End FC: Match Preview

Reading host Preston North End in their final home game of the season; Phil Owtram assesses their chances of achieving a ninth home win of the season.

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Reading FC

Form (all comps): DLLLL

Reading defender Paul McShane and midfielder Danny Williams have both completed three-match bans and are available for selection. Winger Hal Robson-Kanu (calf) and striker Deniss Rakels could feature but full-back Jordan Obita (hamstring) will miss out again.

Reading have not lost in their last 15 home games against Preston, a record that dates back to October 1982. This latest match up sees Reading come into the match on a five game winless run, losing four of those. Reading have scored 13 goals in the opening fifteen minutes of games in the Championship this season a record not matched by any other team in the division.

Reading FC vs. Preston North End FC:30 April 2016 15:00 KO Madejski Stadium, ReadingReferee: Darren Deadman

Preston North End FC

Form (all comps): LDDLL

Preston goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard (shoulder) and defender Marnick Vermijl (foot) will both be assessed. Striker Eoin Doyle, on loan from Cardiff, could return to the side.

Preston have won just once in their last six matches against the Royals, admittedly it was the most recent encounter in December at Deepdale which ended in a 1-0 win for the hosts. Preston have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 league matches having achieved four in five prior to that. Preston’s last victory away from home against the Royals was in an FA Cup match in January 2004 one of just four victories on the road against Reading in 52 meetings.

Reading (v QPR): Ali Al Habsi, A. Ferdinand, A. Taylor (C. Gunter 77), J. Cooper, S. Quinn (M. Hector 71), G. McCleary, O. Norwood, G. Evans, S. Cox, Y. Kermorgant (M. Vydra 81), D. Rakels.

Preston (v Burnley): C. Kirkland, C. Woods, T. Clarke, G. Cunningham, B. Wright, A. Reach, B. Pearson (D. Johnson 10), A. Browne (C. Robinson 84), P. Gallagher, J. Beckford, J. Garner (J. Hugill 74).

Last Five Meetings

12 Dec 2015: Preston 1-0 Reading (League Championship)

05 Apr 2011: Reading 2-1 Reading (League Championship)

02 Oct 2010: Preston 1-1 Reading (League Championship)

02 May 2010: Reading 4-1 Preston (League Championship)

29 Sep 2009: Preston 1-2 Reading (League Championship)

Head To Head

Reading v Preston: W:19 D:12 L:21

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Prediction

Reading FC 2-1 Preston North End FC