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Fulham welcome Reading ~ Ch. Team News MD19

last updated Monday 12th December 2016, 9:02 PM

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Fulham v Reading

Championship Match Day 19 1617 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 3rd December 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)


Slavisa Jokanovic
First Team Head Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic

Lucas Piazon could return to the Fulham side to face his former club Reading.

The Chelsea loanee, who was at Reading last season, was surprisingly dropped to the bench as Fulham were beaten 2-1 at Brighton last weekend.

Full-back Ryan Fredericks is also pushing to return to the starting line-up.

Boss Slavisa Jokanovic has a fully-fit squad to choose from with no new injury concerns.

Fulham have won their past two home league games against Reading. They've never beaten them three times in a row at Craven Cottage before.

The Whites have won just one of their past eight Championship matches at Craven Cottage (D4 L3).

Fulham's Tom Cairney has created more chances from open play than any other Championship player (38).

Reading Manager Jaap Stam
Reading Manager
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Reading will be without centre-half Liam Moore for the trip to Craven Cottage.

The central defender was booked for the fifth time this season against Bristol City last week and will miss his first league game since joining the club.

Manager Jaap Stam has no fresh injury concerns as the Royals look for a sixth straight league win.

Stephen Quinn (knee) and John Swift (ankle) remain sidelined.

Last season, Craven Cottage was an end of October horror show for the Royals. It was where their slide down the Championship table began.

Two-nil up with 49 minutes gone, everything seemed to be going to plan, before six minutes of madness during which they conceded three goals.

They never really recovered for the rest of the season. Only seven of the squad from that day remain at the club, so what happened then should be largely irrelevant now.

Reading have won five on the bounce, only conceding one goal in the process, so confidence ought to be high.

Off the pitch the ongoing ownership saga may not help the team, but fans will be confident they can exorcise the demons of October 2015.

Reading have only failed to score in one of their last 10 league meetings with Fulham.

The Royals have the highest average possession in the Championship this season (62%).

Reading have made the fewest changes to their starting XI of any Championship side this season (24).

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