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Reading vs. Bolton

Madejski Stadium

Saturday 18th January 2014

3.00pm KO

Bolton (H) Match Preview

Reading ended their barren run at Watford last week with a good 1-0 victory, which keeps them firmly in the play-off chase. Our opponents Bolton were promotion favourites to some at the beginning of the season, but after a slow start, still haven't found the form they are capable of. The reverse fixture finished 1-1 at the Reebok, with Nick Blackman equalising with a second half penalty.

Vital Quotes:

Reading manager Nigel Adkins - 'The next game now is at home to Bolton Wanderers - it seems a long time ago but we did well up there at the start of the season and were unfortunate not to win. We look forward to welcoming them to our stadium.'

'We got off to a good start at Watford and the supporters really lifted the players all the way through. There's 21 games to go, everyone's going to be pulling in the same direction and it's going to be very exciting. We in a position in the division that gives ourselves an opportunity for this season. We're going to enjoy every single one of them, and give it everything we've got.'

Reading Team News:

Reading will give a late fitness test to Hal Robson-Kanu ahead of the game, after missing the last three matches with injury. HRK is the only one to possibly play out of the current injury list, which means defenders Sean Morrison and Wayne Bridge miss out.

Midfielder Chris Baird's progress from his ankle injury is going slower than first thought, while Jason Roberts still seems to be on the verge of retirement. The central midfield trio of Jem Karacan, Danny Guthrie and Mikele Leigertwood are long-term absentee's.

Player to watch: Hope Akpan

The midfielder started his first game under Nigel Adkins in the win over Watford and despite his critics, put in a good performance. With Danny Guthrie out injured, he is set to start again in midfield and will want to make a good impression again, in front of the home fans this time.

Bolton Team News:

Visitors Bolton will be missing their key striker Jermaine Beckford for this one, while fellow striker Craig Davies is lacking match fitness. Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is fit for the game, but will not start over Andrew Lonergan.

Midfielder Stuart Holden unfortunately suffered another serious injury a few months ago, meaning he will definitely be out. Former Norwich defender Marc Tierney will also miss the game, as will young defender Joe Riley.

Player to watch: Matt Mills

It is the first Madejski return for the defender who left in 2010 for Leicester City, with Sven and an improved contract apparently being more appealing than being captain of a side who were recent play-off finalists. A defender who always gave his all, but his abrupt exit means he won't get a good reception when he returns.

Expected line-ups:

Reading - 4-4-2: McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Obita, Blackman, Akpan, Williams, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre

Bolton - 4-5-1: Lonergan, Baptiste, Mills, Knight, Ream, Eagles, Pratley, Medo, Spearing, Lee, N'Gog

Ref Watch:

The referee for this one will be Andy Davies.

Match Prediction:

This will be a tough game, as Bolton have improved in recent months. Like us, they have a good squad of players but haven't really hit the heights yet. If we got two wins on the bounce it could be massive for our season and I think we can scrape the three points.

Vital Reading prediction: Reading 1 - 0 Bolton

Next Fixtures:

Reading - Ipswich (A) - Sat 25th January - SkyBet Championship

Bolton - Cardiff (H) - Sat 25th January - FA Cup fourth round

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