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Fulham visit Reading ~ Ch. Team News MD02

last updated Saturday 12th August 2017, 10:21 AM

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Reading vrs Fulham

Championship Match Day 02 1718 Madejski Stadium

Saturday 12th August 2017    KO: 15:00

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

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Reading will have defender Tiago Ilori available again following suspension for the visit of Fulham.

The Portuguese was sent off in the opening Championship defeat at QPR, so served out a one-match ban for the midweek Carabao Cup win over Gillingham.

Midfielder Liam Kelly staked a claim for another first-team chance with both goals against the Gills, while new winger Modou Barrow impressed after coming on at half-time.

Iceland forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has been carrying a knee problem and striker Yann Kermorgant continues to recover from hip and groin surgery. Midfielder Garath McCleary (groin), Joey van den Berg, Roy Beerens and Jordan Obita are also in rehabiliation.

Reading are unbeaten in their last four home league encounters with Fulham (W2 D2), their longest unbeaten run against the Cottagers.

Reading haven't lost their opening two league games of a season since 1998-99 whilst in the third tier.

Since August 2016, Reading have received six red cards in the Championship (inc. play-offs) - only Nottm Forest (9), Sheff Wed (7) and Norwich (7) have seen red more often.


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Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald returns to the Fulham squad for the short trip along the M4.

McDonald has missed the first two matches of the season with a calf problem but is now fit and available.

Marcus Bettinelli is still out with a muscle problem so David Button continues in goal.

Ryan Fredericks, Tom Cairney and Sone Aluko will be among the players returning after they were rested in midweek.

Fulham have only lost one of their last five Championship contests against the Ro als (W3 D1), although that loss came in their most recent encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

Fulham have failed to keep a clean sheet in nine of their last 10 meetings with Reading in all competitions.

Since the start of last season, no Championship side has scored more league goals (exc. play-offs) than Fulham (86).

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