Reading vs Bournemouth preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Lucas Joao of Reading misses from the penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Reading at Deepdale on January 24, 2021 in Preston, 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 Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Reading are looking to extend their gap between themselves and the play-off places to eight points with a win over promotion-chasing rivals Bournemouth on Friday night.

The Royals are currently unbeaten in five games in the Championship, and missed out on an extra two points after Lucas Joao missed a penalty against Preston North End on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth are currently in bad form, only winning one of their last six league matches last time out losing to strugglers Derby County 1-0.

Team news

Veljko Paunovic, Reading manager, confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Yakou Meite and Andy Yiadom will be in the squad for the game, after lengthy injuries out.

However, George Puscas, Felipe Araruna and Liam Moore are all still out injured.

Bournemouth have no fresh injury concerns, but Junior Stanislas has recovered from an ankle injury and could be available for selection.

Predicted lineups

Reading:

Rafael; Holmes, Morrison, McIntyre, Richards, Rinomhota, Laurent, Meite, Swift, Ejaria, Joao.

Bournemouth:

Begovic; Smith, S.Cook, Kelly, Rico, L.Cook, Lerma, Billing, Brooks, Solanke, Groeneveld.

Ones to watch

Lucas Joao

The Portuguese man has been crucial to the Berkshire side's season, scoring 14 league goals this season, which is 38% of all of Reading's goals this season so far. With him up top, Reading are a much better team than without.

Dominic Solanke

The Englishman has had a rocky career to date, but he seems to be stepping up now in the Championship. With ten goals so far this season in the league, he has adapted very well after struggling in the Premier League in recent seasons. 

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was earlier in the season when Bournemouth came from 0-2 down to win 4-2, including a screamer from Lewis Cook, his first goal for the club.

How to watch

This match will kick-off at 20:00 pm on Friday, January 29, and will be available to watch on Sky Sports Football.

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