Fulham visit Reading ~ Ch. Team News MD24 (rearranged)

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Reading v Fulham

Championship Match Day 24 (rearranged) 1617 at Madejski Stadium

Tuesday 24th January 2017    KO: 20:00

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

Reading Manager Jaap Stam
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Reading are without the suspended Jordan Obita for Tuesday's Championship visit of Fulham after the full-back was sent off in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Derby.

In his absence, Paul McShane is expected to start, and should captain Jaap Stam's team having returned from a wrist injury in that same game.

Tiago Ilori is set for his home debut, after impressing at Derby when making his full debut.

Stam is, however, without winger Callum Harriott, midfielder Stephen Quinn and striker Deniss Rakels because of long-term hamstring, knee and ankle injuries respectively.

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"Sometimes you lose a couple of games in succession, that's football. But it's about the mentality in the team. Are you mentally strong to turn it around and start winning games again?

"Fulham have got a great team, play very good possession football as well and we know that and everyone else is aware of it.

"We need to make sure we play well and try and make it difficult for them.

"There's a lot of games coming up at the moment, but after a loss, it's good to play again quickly as you have a chance to redeem yourself."

Reading are unbeaten in their last three home league games against Fulham, scoring eight goals in the process (W1 D2).

After a run of five straight home league wins, Reading lost their last Championship game at the Madejski (0-1 v QPR)


Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has no new injury concerns.

Forwards Floyd Ayite and Neeskens Kebano remain unavailable owing to international commitments at the African Nations Cup.

Jokanovic's biggest dilemma will surround whether to again start Ryan Fredericks from the team that on Saturday drew 1-1 at QPR.

The full-back was substituted at half-time because of Jokanovic's unhappiness at his performance. Denis Odoi replaced him, and could yet start on Tuesday.

Fulham goalkeeper David Button told BBC Radio London:
"The abandonment was a bit strange. It was lucky the game was level because otherwise I'm sure it would have been a bit controversial.

"We have to show Reading respect because they are ahead of us in the table. They play a similar passing style to us, so we are wary of them.

"We are hopeful we can get in the play-offs. They are in our way to achieving what we want. We want their play-off spot and are not afraid of talking about it."

The last Fulham goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet away to Reading was Kasey Keller in April 2008 (2-0).

Chris Martin has scored four goals in his last four league starts against Reading. Indeed, Martin has scored five goals in his last six Championship games for Fulham.

These two sides have the best passing accuracy in the Championship this season (Fulham 83%, Reading 82%).

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