Jordan Spence was signed as a free agent in January and has gone on to become a key component of Mick McCarthy’s squad having appeared in 35 league games for the club including 18 for this current campaign.
Playing at right back, Spence is the type of player that tends to stay back. This can be seen by the fact that the defender has averaged just 0.2 dribbles per game - the same as Chris Gunter.
However, unlike Gunter, when Spence has got forward he has contributed at the offensive end of the pitch, scoring three goals and registering three assists so far.
The former MK Dons man also loves to get a tackle in, with the sixth most in the entire Ipswich team (1.8). Again, that is some way ahead of Gunter (0.8).
As a result, Reading’s in-form player of the month for November Modou Barrow could face a difficult afternoon in East Anglia.
The Kosovan international is a new signing at Portman Road having joined the club on a season-long loan from Manchester City. Playing as a left winger or an attacking midfielder, Celina has mainly been used as an impact player from the bench.
In fact, the 21 year-old has only completed 90 minutes four times in the league this season, with another 13 appearances also coming as a substitute. However, that hasn’t stopped the Ipswich loanee from scoring six goals so far, with only Martyn Waghorn (see below) finding the net more times.
Celina’s offensive stats show that he has a high shooting accuracy. According to Squawka, 14 of his 17 shots for this season have been on target, a shooting accuracy of 82%.
This suggests that Celina could have a major say in the game, when the two sides meet at Portman Road, especially in the last 20 minutes where two of his goals have been scored.
The final player that Reading fans should keep an eye on is Martyn Waghorn, who signed from Rangers on a permanent transfer in the summer. The 27 year-old has had a wonderful season so far, with 10 goals in 19 Championship games making him the Tractor Boys’ top goalscorer.
To put this into perspective, Waghorn is joint-sixth in the Championship scoring charts overall, with Lewis Grabban (11), Britt Assombalonga (11), Matej Vydra (12), Leo Bonatini (12) and Leon Clarke (14) having scored more.
Furthermore, Waghorn is the type of player that tends to track back and help his team out. The former Wigan man has averaged an impressive 1.4 tackles per game, much higher than Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (0.6) and Yann Kermorgant (0.5).
This means that Waghorn will not only likely cause problems at the top end of the pitch, but also in the defensive half as well.