Reading v Birmingham City

Garath McCleary

Reading’s Garath McCleary has scored five goals for the club this season, his best tally since joining The Royals in 2012.

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Reading manager Brian McDermott is hopeful Deniss Rakels and Garath McCleary will be available to face Birmingham.

Hal Robson-Kanu remains sidelined for The Royals but aims to be fit in time to play for Wales at Euro 2016.

Kyle Lafferty could start for Birmingham again after his goal-scoring debut against Brighton on Tuesday.

The Blues will be without defender Neal Eardley who is sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury.


  • Reading have lost their last three against the Blues, conceding nine goals in the process.
  • Birmingham, winners at the Madejski Stadium last time out, have never won back-to-back away games (all comps) at Reading in their history.
  • Oliver Norwood has been involved in each of Reading’s last three goals (one goal, two assists).
  • Birmingham have scored one goal in their last six away games (D3 L3).
  • Reading are unbeaten in eight home games (W3 D5), their best run since going nine without defeat in December 2013.

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