Stoke City vs Reading preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch 
Tom McIntyre of Reading runs off to celebrate after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and AFC Bournemouth at Madejski Stadium on January 29, 2021 in Reading, 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 Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Veljko Paunovic's Reading are looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league to seven games when they face Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

The Royals' fine form has seen them rise to fourth in the Championship table, leaving them just four points off of an automatic place.

Meanwhile, the Potters are sat just outside of the play-offs in 10th position, four points off the play-offs,

Team news

Stoke are without ay left-backs, with Morgan Fox out injured and Rhys Norrington-Davies suspended. They are also without Tyrese Campbell who is out for the rest of the season.

Reading have a number of players coming back, with Felipe Araruna and George Puscas close to a return. Liam Moore is still some way away.

Predicted lineups

Stoke:

Gunn; Collins, Souttar, Chester, Smith, Thompson, Allen, Mikel, McClean, Brown, Fletcher.

Reading:

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

Ones to watch

Harry Souttar

One of many young players to star for the Potters so far, a towering centre-back who has a great partnership with Nathan Collins and James Chester. He signed a new long-term deal with Stoke on Friday, and deservedly so. Expect him to be a big problem for Lucas Joao.

Lucas Joao

The Portuguese striker has been nothing short of sensational for the Royals so far this season, scoring 15 goals in what his most prolific season yet. He has height, strength, skill, flair, all the attributes needed for a complete striker. 

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was earlier in the season when Stoke inflicted Reading's third defeat in a row in the league back in November with a 0-3 win at the Madejski Stadium.

How to watch

This match will kick-off at 15:00 pm on Saturday, February 6, and is available to watch by purchasing an iFollow pass for £10.

 

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