Bournemouth vs Reading preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
AFC Bournemouth players make their way to the pitch during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on November 7, 2020 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Bournemouth face Reading at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Both sides come into the game with mixed form despite their very good league positions.

Bournemouth have two wins in their last six games but sit in fourth, whilst Reading have lost their last three games but surprisingly remain at the top of the table. 

The early kick-off could determine who sits at the summit by the end of the gameweek. Bournemouth know that victory will mean they overtake their opponents in the table. 

  • Team news

Bournemouth are without skipper Steve Cook as he remains suspended following his red card against Sheffield Wednesday. 

David Brookes is in scintillating form and he scored for Wales during the international break. He will be hoping to continue his impressive streak by putting on a good display.

Reading could be without Ovie Ejaria and Yakou Meite for the game as they both still struggle with the knocks that kept them out of the 3-0 defeat at Stoke. 

The Royals will also be without the trio Felipe Araruna, John Swift, and Sam Baldock with injuries keeping them out. 

  • Predicted lineups

Bournemouth (3-4-1-2)

Begovic; Kelly, Mepham, Rico; Stacey, Gosling, Lerma, Stanislas; Groeneveld; Solanke, Brooks. 

Reading (4-2-3-1)

Cabral; Aluko, Morrison, Moore, Richards; Laurent, Rinomhota; Ejaria, Olise, Meite; Joao.

  • Ones to watch

David Brooks is in fine form for Bournemouth at the moment. He takes 1.3 shots per game and 1.9 dribbles per game and is a creative force at the top end of the pitch. As part of a front two, he brings Dominic Solanke into play very well and is part of the youngster's resurgence this season. 

For Reading, Lucas Joao has been in fine form this season. The forward has six goals and three assists in nine games so far and has an xG which backs this fine form up. In the past, he has struggled for form and consistency, but finally, the 2020/21 season seems to be Joao's time to shine. 

  • Previous meetings

This will be the first time these two side have met in five years when the Cherries were last in the Championship. Bournemouth ran out 1-0 winners at the Madjeski thanks to a Callum Wilson goal early on.

History favours Bournemouth between these two as well. Reading have failed to beat them since April 2001. In the seven games since then, Bournemouth won five and there have been two draws. 

  • How to watch 

Bournemouth vs Reading is set to be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football. Kick-off is at 12:30 and the build-up begins at 12:00 BST.