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Reading FC v Nottingham Forest FC: Match Preview

Reading host Nottingham Forest hoping to extend their unbeaten run at home in the league to seven matches; Phil Owtram provides a preview of the match.

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Reading FC

Form (all comps): WDLLL

Winger Ola John could start for Reading after hitting the winner off the bench at Bolton on Saturday. Michael Hector (knock) and Hal Robson-Kanu (leg injury), who both missed the Bolton game, remain doubts.

Reading are unbeaten in six home matches in the league now but have won just two of those and have only lost on three occasions in their last 15 home matches. Reading have a poor recent record against Forest, losing their last three meetings and conceding at least three goals on each occasion, including in last seasons 3-0 defeat at Madejski Stadium.

Reading FC vs. Nottingham Forest FC:5 April 2016 20:00 KO Madejski Stadium, ReadingReferee: Dean Whitestone

Nottingham Forest FC

Form (all comps): LLDLW

Forest are without full-back Eric Lichaj for the game after his red card against Brentford. Fellow defender Michael Mancienne, who took a knock in that game, is also set to miss out. Club captain Henri Lansbury could play after his weekend return from injury.

Forest have not won in their last four away games and have recorded just two wins in their last 15 on the road. Forest have failed to score in just one of their last ten meetings with Reading and are undefeated in their last two trips to Madejski Stadium.

Last Time Out

Reading (v Bolton): Ali Al Habsi, P. McShane, C. Gunter, J. Cooper, S. Quinn, D. Williams, O. Norwood, J. Obita, Y. Kermorgant, M. Vydra (S. Cox 71), Lucas Piazon (O. John 61).

Nottingham Forest (v Brentford): D. de Vries, M. Mancienne (K. Wilson 25), M. Mills, B. Jokic, E. Lichaj, C. Cohen, D. Vaughan, G. Gardner, B. Osborn, F. Macheda (O. Burke 64), Ryan Mendes (H. Lansbury 55).

Last Five Meetings

28 Nov 2015: Nottingham Forest 3-1 Reading (League Championship)

28 Feb 2015: Reading 0-3 Nottingham Forest (League Championship)

23 Aug 2014: Nottingham Forest 4-0 Reading (League Championship)

01 Jan 2014: Reading 1-1 Nottingham Forest (League Championship)

29 Nov 2013: Nottingham Forest 2-3 Reading (League Championship)

Head To Head

Reading v Nottingham Forest: W:12 D:9 L:18

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Prediction

Reading FC 2-1 Nottingham Forest FC