Bristol City vs Reading preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Alfa Semedo Esteves of Reading celebrates with team mates after scoring their side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Millwall at Madejski Stadium on February 13, 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 Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Reading will be looking for their first win in three league games when they face play-off chasing Bristol City on Tuesday evening.

The Royals’ poor form in the last week-and-a-half has lead to them being nine points off the automatic places, although they are still comfortable in the play-offs, with them being eight points clear of seventh.

Meanwhile, the Robins are having a worse time in comparison, winning once in their last six Championship games, losing the other five. The most recent being the worst loss of them all, losing 6-0 to Watford on Saturday.

Team news

Bristol City manager Dean Holden is expected to make a number of changes after their drubbing on the weekend, with him potentially reverting back to a 4-3-3 formation.

Adam Nagy, Tyreeq Bakinson and Adrian Mariappa could all return to the starting eleven.

Veljko Paunovic is going to be without John Swift for the next six weeks and Yakou Meite after they both sustained injuries last week. George Puscas, Liam Moore, and Felipe Araruna are nearing a return but are unlikely to feature.

Predicted lineups

Bristol City:

Bentley; Mariappa, Vyner, Kalas, Hunt, Bakinson, Nagy, Lansbury, Wells, Semenyo, Diedhiou.

Reading:

Rafael; Yiadom, Morrison, McIntyre, Richards, Laurent, Rinomhota, Olise, Ejaria, Semedo, Joao.

Ones to watch

Tomas Kalas

The club captain has been excellent at times this season, in what has been an inconsistent season for the Robins thus far. The Czech has more blocks and clearances per game than any other Bristol City player.

Lucas Joao

The Portuguese man has been electrifying this season, scoring 16 goals in the Championship this season. He has struggled with injury in the past hindering his development, but a mostly injury-free season has resulted in brilliant numbers. 

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was earlier in the season, when goals from Yakou Meite, Ovie Ejaria and Lucas Joao gave them a 3-1 win. 

How to watch

This match will kick-off at 19:45 pm on Tuesday, February 16, and is available to watch by purchasing an iFollow pass for £10, and is also available to watch on the Sky Sports Red Button.

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