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Blackburn Rovers FC v Reading FC: Match Preview

Reading travel to Ewood Park as they round of their season looking for their first win in seven games and playing for a 14th placed finish; Phil Owtram provides a preview of the match.

Blackburn Rovers FC

Form (all comps): WDDLD

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert is set to choose from the squad that beat Rotherham for his last match in charge. Defender Tommy Spurr (Achilles) will not return and midfielder Hope Akpan (ankle) is also set to miss out.

Blackburn have never lost at home to Reading in league competition, winning three, while three of the last six league meetings between the sides have ended goalless. Rovers haven't won any of their previous four league games at Ewood Park, which is their joint longest run without a win on home soil this season.

Blackburn Rovers FC vs. Reading FC:07 May 2016 12:30 KO Ewood Park Stadium, BlackburnReferee: Andy Madley

Reading FC

Form (all comps): LDLLL

Royals winger Hal Robson-Kanu has a calf problem and full-back Jordan Obita (hamstring) is also out. Manager Brian McDermott will look to the youngsters, with under-18s captain Josh Barrett set for a first start.

Reading, Blackburn, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City all go into their final game of the season level on 52 points and while Reading face Blackburn, Nottingham Forest travel to relegated MK Dons and Bristol City face an away match at QPR. The best Reading can now hope for is a 14th place finish whih relies on other results going in their favour. Reading come into the game on a six match winless streak and have only won twice in their last 18 away games. Reading have also never won at Ewood Park in seven visits.

Blackburn (v Rotherham): J. Steele, M. Kilgallon, S. Duffy, G. Hanley, Jordi Gomez (C. Evans 79), E. Bennett (S. Jackson 68), B. Marshall, D. Lenihan, J. Lowe, M. Grimes (C. Conway 86), D. Graham.

Reading (v Preston): Ali Al Habsi, P. Mcshane, C. Gunter, J. Cooper, S. Quinn, G. McCleary, D. Williams, O. Norwood, G. Evans (J. Barrett 46), Y. Kermorgant, D. Rakels.

Last Five Meetings

20 Dec 2015: Reading 1-0 Blackburn Rovers (League Championship)

11 Apr 2015: Reading 0-0 Blackburn Rovers (League Championship)

01 Nov 2014: Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Reading (League Championship)

22 Feb 2014: Reading 0-1 Blackburn Rovers (League Championship)

23 Nov 2013: Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Reading (League Championship)

Head To Head

Reading v Blackburn: W:2 D:8 L:6

YouTube History


Blackburn FC 2-1 Reading FC