Reading v Huddersfield Town

Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam’s Reading side are unbeaten in their past seven matches in all competitions

BBC coverage

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Reading will be without suspended Garath McCleary and Tyler Blackett following their red cards against Barnsley and Charlton respectively.

Deniss Rakels and Yakou Meite remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Championship leaders Huddersfield have no new injury concerns, with midfielder Jack Payne and forward Harry Bunn are among those pushing for recalls to David Wagner’s side.

Winger Joe Lolley remains sidelined with a foot injury.

Reading captain Paul McShane told BBC Radio Berkshire:

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Reading captain Paul McShane says player attitudes have improved since Jaap Stam’s arrival

“Huddersfield’s another opportunity for us to pick up three points. We’re at home and you aim to win all your home games.

“Huddersfield have been playing really well and I think the games we played against them last year, there were positive signs in that team.

“They’ve brought that into this season and are doing really well. But, we’re just worrying about ourselves and how we’ll prepare for them.”

Match facts

  • Reading are without a win against Huddersfield in the past five league games (D2 L3), with their last home victory coming in August 2001.
  • Huddersfield have racked up 11 goals in five league games against Reading, scoring two or more in each of the last four meetings.
  • The Royals are averaging the highest possession percentage in the division so far this season (63%).
  • 19 points in their opening eight games is Huddersfield’s best points tally at this stage in their entire history, their previous best was 17 points in 1994/95, a season they won promotion to the second tier under Neil Warnock.
  • Reading are one of three sides to have received two Championship red cards so far this season along with Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, and had Garath McCleary sent off in their most recent game against Barnsley.

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