Reading v Ipswich Town (Fri)

John Swift

Former Chelsea midfielder John Swift has scored two goals in four league appearances for Reading

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Jaap Stam’s Reading could move third in the Championship with victory over Ipswich Town on Friday evening.

Royals midfielder John Swift is expected to return to the starting line-up after sitting out the victory against Cardiff City last weekend.

Ipswich Town could field two debutants with striker Leon Best and midfielder Tom Lawrence hoping to be involved.

Jonny Williams is back for a fourth loan spell, but will be sidelined for another month with an ankle injury.


BBC Radio Berkshire’s Adrian Williams:

“A win for Reading would feel like a good start to the season, but should they lose it will feel like a poor one.

“Last time the two sides met at The Mad Stad, Reading ran out 5-1 winners but none of the scorers are at the club now.

“Defensively, Reading are still looking good, but I worry where the goals will come from after failing to add another striker in the transfer window.”

BBC Radio Suffolk’s Graeme McLoughlin:

“Manager Mick McCarthy may opt for the same starting 11 that saw off Preston 1-0 at Portman Road last time out, and that would mean a first start on the road this season for Tommy Smith.

“Most fans welcomed the return of the New Zealand international, who has been playing second fiddle to Adam Webster since the beginning of the campaign.

“But given Webster’s largely impressive display in the East Anglian derby, his omission from the Preston game came as more of a surprise than Daryl Murphy’s no-show as the Irishman was at that stage bound for Newcastle.”

Match facts

  • Reading have won five consecutive home league games against Ipswich, keeping clean sheets in three of those victories.
  • The Tractor Boys’ only win in their last 11 league visits to the Madejski Stadium was in March 2009, with Jon Stead netting the only goal.
  • The Royals have only won once in their last five Championship home games (D1 L3), conceding exactly twice on four occasions.
  • Ipswich have recorded just one defeat in their last 10 league games (W4 D5), with a current unbeaten run of three.
  • Reading winger Garath McCleary has scored three league goals against Ipswich – only against Leeds (6) has he scored more in the Football League.
  • Ipswich’s 5-1 defeat at the Madejski Stadium last season was the only time in their last 172 Championship games they’ve conceded five or more goals in a game.

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