Cardiff City v Reading

26 Aug

Cardiff head coach Paul Trollope


Cardiff head coach Paul Trollope is looking for a second home league win in succession

BBC coverage

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Cardiff City’s Declan John is doubtful for the visit of Reading with the Wales defender suffering a stomach virus.

Midfielder Stuart O’Keefe has started light training after breaking an arm in the EFL Cup defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Reading striker Deniss Rakels will miss the trip to Wales after suffering a suspected fractured ankle in Tuesday’s EFL Cup third-round win again MK Dons.

Defender Liam Moore is expected to make his league debut alongside fellow new defensive signing Tyler Blackett.

Cardiff boss Paul Trollope told BBC Radio Wales:

“We scored two terrific goals last weekend, we are creating chances, we feel we have created in all the games this season.

“Our midfield unit are all important to us and we have good flexibility in there as well.

“Jaap Stam was a top, top player and is a great football man. You can see his influences coming out already as Reading manager, I am sure he has a top future.”

Reading assistant coach Andries Ulderink told BBC Radio Berkshire:

“Cardiff play a 3-5-2 system and can play it out from the back, but also play it long towards their two strikers.

“They’re a good side and very difficult to play against it, but we also see a lot of opportunities for ourselves to play our own game.

“We’re very confident of getting a result.”

Analysis

Former Reading captain and BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Ady Williams:

“Reading, poor travellers of late, are looking for their first away win of the season and have not won in the league since the opening day of the season.

“Recent signing John Swift has made an immediate impact having notched two goals this campaign and will be hopeful of more.

“Reading’s last win in Cardiff was at Ninian Park 10 years ago, but Cardiff have been struggling to score goals already. Just two goals in the league from their players.

“The Bluebirds are currently 15th in the table, and some fans already suggesting head coach Paul Trollope is already under pressure.”

Match facts

  • Cardiff have not lost any of their past 12 league games against Reading (W5 D7).
  • Reading’s last away league win at Cardiff was at Ninian Park in April 2006, a 5-2 hammering in a season they won promotion to the Premier League.
  • John Swift’s goal for Reading after 95 seconds against Brighton was the quickest goal in the Championship so far this season.
  • Cardiff’s top scorer in the Championship this season is Blackburn’s Shane Duffy with two own goals.
  • Garath McCleary has been directly involved in three of Reading’s four goals this season (one goal, two assists).
  • Reading have picked up just one win from their past 11 games in the Championship (D2 L8).

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