Reading vs Preston North End preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Preston North End's Emil Riis Jakobsen celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Hull City at Deepdale on August 7, 2021 in Preston, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Reading and Preston North End will look to get their first points on the board for the 2021/22 season when they face each other at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides will be looking to bounce back after opening day losses. Reading lost 3-2 away to Stoke City, while Preston lost 1-4 at home to league newcomers Hull City.

Both teams were disappointing last season in the end, so will be looking to do a lot better this time out.

Team news

Reading will have Ovie Ejaria returning to the squad after he missed out at Stoke through injury. New loan signing Tom Dele-Bashiru could be in line to make his debut after signing from Watford on Thursday. Yakou Meite and Felipe Araruna are both still out.

Preston will be without goalkeeper Declan Rudd after he came off injured against Hull with a head injury. Matthew Olosunde is nearing full fitness, whilst Izzy Brown is still injured.

Predicted lineups


Rafael; Yiadom, Morrison, Moore, McIntyre, Rinomhota, Laurent, Azeez, Swift, Ejaria, Joao.


Iversen; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Barkhuizen, Whiteman, Ledson, Browne, Cunningham, Evans, Maguire.

Ones to watch

Ovie Ejaria

The trickster was a huge miss for the Royals last weekend, as they lacked some flair going forward. The mass dribbler will always get past a player or two and is key to bringing the team forward when attacking. His return could be key to Reading's result 

Emil Riis 

The Dane struggled in his first season in England but has already started scoring this season. He has scored two of Preston's three competitive goals so far this season, and he could be their talisman this season after the faltering form of Sean Maguire.

Previous meetings

The last two times these sides met was back at the end of January, where the two sides drew 0-0 after Lucas Joao missed a penalty late on.

How to watch

Unfortunately, this game is unavailable to watch for those in the UK, but you can watch it if you live internationally by paying £10 on Reading or Preston's website.