When : Saturday 11th January, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
More or less exactly 1 year since they last popped in to see us, Forest are back in town for the first game of an (almost) double header, the away game being due 11 days later.
Reading are in rather good form currently being unbeaten in 7 and having 4 successive league wins under their belt. Yet having seen such miserable form at the club for 2 seasons no-one should be getting too carried away with things just yet particularly as Forest themselves have won their last 3 league games and are sat 4th in the table so will present a formidable challenge.
One time Royal Lewis Grabban poses by far the biggest threat they have to offer with 14 goals from 25 games. Just goes to show how effective he can be when playing up front rather than masquerading as a midfielder under Jaap Stam's influence. The next highest scorer is the fairly useful Joe Lolley with 4 so cutting off supply to Grabban is going to be a must if Reading are to get anywhere with this one.
Forest appear to have been fairly free of injuries this season and been able to name reasonably unchanged line-ups with many players already on the 20+ league appearances mark so they are going to be settled and well versed in understanding each other's game. Reading also have been able to field largely unchanged teams recently so should make for an interesting game with quite probably not a lot in it.
Forest should be largely unchanged from their last game v Blackburn with only full back Chema being a doubt (like Reading, they fielded a reserve team in their tie in the FA Cup at Chelsea reserves). Reading should be nice and fresh after the lack of first team involvement against Blackpool though Moore is going to be a doubt with his shoulder problem so Miazga may start alongside Morrison but other than that I can't see any changes from the 11 that started v Fulham. Puscas should be fit enough to make it to the bench at least.
19 Oct 2019 > Reading 1-0 Preston North End
12 Aug 2018 > Reading 2-0 Birmingham City (League Cup)
05 Apr 2016 > Reading 2-1 Nottm Forest
22 Mar 2014 > Birmingham City 1-2 Reading
23 Aug 2011 > Charlton Athletic 2-1 Reading (League Cup)
22 Feb 2011 > Reading 2-1 Millwall
17 Feb 2010 > Crystal Palace 1-3 Reading
07 Nov 2009 > Reading 1-1 Ipswich Town
26 Aug 2008 > Reading 5-1 Luton Town (League Cup)
Forest have made 21 previous visits to Reading for a league game with all but 4 being at Division 2 level. They have won on 6 of those visits and when Reading lose at home to Forest in the league they fail to score.
Reading have managed 10 wins from those 21 visits and have won the last 4 encounters at the Mad Stad so there is something to live up to.
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