The Tigers will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat against Wigan when they travel to the Madejski Stadium to face a Reading side that haven’t recorded a win over City in their last eight games (4D, 4L).
Aside from that favourable statistic amongst others, there’s not a lot in the way of positivity heading into Saturday’s game after a subdued showing on Tuesday, with the flattering 2-1 scoreline which could have been a lot worse if not for David Marshall.
Therefore, my prediction for this one definitely hangs in the balance and I think there’ll be one goal in it, if any.
Nigel Adkins has today confirmed that Dan Batty will not be feature this weekend and so another opportunity arises for someone else to stake their claim for a place in the team. Despite showing improvements throughout Tuesday’s game, I’d be surprised to see Kevin Stewart’s name on the team sheet for the second game running.
On top of that, Evandro, Todd Kane and Reece Burke will likely re-enter the fray, with a 3-5-2 system looking like the most plausible option given that Burke as well as the back four from the Wigan game are all available.
However, it still remains a mystery as to how Jarred Bowen and Evandro can fit into the system without having to play with four at the back.
As a result, there’s a chance that Adkins will revert back to what worked and use the defensive setup from the Ipswich game.
There are definitely a few options, all equally sacrificial, but this is how I predict the team will look:
Reading 0-0 Hull City