Reading vs Peterborough United preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Players of Peterborough United take part in a minutes applause prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Peterborough United and West Bromwich Albion at London Road Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Peterborough, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

Two of the bottom three clash at the Select Car Leasing Stadium as Reading host Peterborough United in the Championship.

Both sides have started the season poorly, only winning one of the first six games in the league so far this season.

This game poses a massive opportunity for both sides to properly kick start their seasons with a win after such poor starts.

Team news

Reading will be without goalkeeper Rafael after breaking his hand, so it is likely Luke Southwood will replace him in the lineup. New signings Scott Dann and Danny Drinkwater may come in for their debuts after missing out on the 3-3 draw with Queens Park Rangers at the weekend due to fitness issues.

Peterborough are likely to have the returns of Nathan Thompson and Jack Taylor, after recovering from injuries. Jonson Clarke-Harrismay also return to the starting lineup after being dropped for Jack Marriott in their 6-2 loss to Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.

Predicted lineups


Southwood; Yiadom, Morrison, Moore, Rahman, Laurent, Dele-Bashiru, Halilovic, Swift, Ejaria, Puscas.


Pym; Kent, Knight, Butler, Ward, Coventry, Grant, Burrows, Szmodics, Dembele, Clarke-Harris.

Ones to watch

John Swift

The midfielder has started off his season like no other, already contributing to eight goals, scoring six and assisting two, including a hat-trick against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend. He is arguably the best player in the league at the moment, so Peterborough will have to keep an eye on him.

Jonson Clarke-Harris

The striker netted 31 times for Posh in League One last season, but has so far not had the best of luck, only scoring once. He undoubtedly has the quality and should be good enough for this level, but with Reading's very leaky defence next up for him, he should be looking to score on Tuesday night.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was back in 2013, when Peterborough battered Reading 6-0 in the League Cup.

How to watch

The game kicks off at 8 pm on Tuesday September 14, and is available to watch on Sky Sports Red Button.