Newcastle United v Reading

Newcastle United defeated by Huddersfield

Newcastle United lost 2-1 at home to Huddersfield on Saturday

BBC coverage

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Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko will miss the visit of Reading with an ankle injury while his future at St James’ Park remains uncertain.

Fellow midfielder Mohamed Diame will also sit out the game with an ankle problem picked up against Huddersfield.

Reading boss Jaap Stam could make changes after a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Wolves on Saturday.

Defender Jake Cooper and striker Deniss Rakels are pushing for starts after coming off the bench at Molineux.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez: “It has been a really bad start in terms of results, but at the end of the season we will be fine and where we want to be.

“This is just the start. We have to fix things, but I am confident we can do well. We have had chances we did not take. We have made mistakes at the other end. We can be better in defence, the middle and attack.”

Reading manager Jaap Stam: “Everybody is expecting a lot from Newcastle this season and there’s a lot of pressure on teams like them in the Championship this season.

“Team who play them can play freely, but while they’re having a difficult time, they’ll want to win the next game. We need to be prepared for that, but we’ll be looking to get a similar kind of result that others have so far.”


BBC Radio Berkshire presenter and former Reading captain Ady Williams: “A big game for both sides so early in the season. Reading looked very impressive against Preston, having 80% possession, and then looked lightweight in defeat by Wolves.

“Goals could be the main worry once again this season. Do they have enough fire power to mix with the big boys? Boss Jaap Stam hasn’t ruled signing a couple more players before the transfer window shuts.

“Newcastle have not lost three league games on the bounce at the start of a season since 1999. They must keep the St James’ Park faithful happy sooner rather than later. I can’t see Newcastle losing.”

Match facts

  • Newcastle have won seven of their eight home games against Reading in all competitions, but lost the most recent one in January 2013.
  • Reading have conceded 33 goals in 14 games against Newcastle – their only clean sheet was in a 1-0 win in April 2007 in a Premier League fixture.
  • Newcastle United lost their first home league game in the second tier since October 1992 (0-1 v Grimsby). They have not lost back-to-back home league games in the second tier since April 1992.
  • Reading have lost four of their last five away league matches, drawing the other.

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