Reading vs Bournemouth preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Lloyd Kelly of AFC Bournemouth (obscured) celebrates after scoring their team's third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town at Vitality Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Table-topping Bournemouth travel to Reading on Saturday evening as the Cherries look to extend their unbeaten start to the Championship.

Bournemouth have had a great start to the season, winning ten of their first 14 games as they sit pretty at the top of the Championship, five points clear of second-placed Fulham.

Reading meanwhile have had a mixed start, losing four of their first five games in August, before winning four of their next six in September. They have however lost their last two games, leaving them in 13th place.

Reading have a side full of quality, but will they be the first to beat Scott Parker's side?

Team news

Reading had Felipe Araruna return from a year out with injury this week when he started for their U23 side, however he is not fully fit so is unlikely to feature, likewsie with Tom Holmes. Femi Azeez was forced off with another hamstring injury against Blackburn Rovers last weekend. The Royals still have a number of key players out injured, including the likes of Lucas Joao, Yakou Meite, Michael Morrison and Andy Rinomhota.

Bournemouth could be seeing midfielder Lewis Cook feature for the first time since March after recovering from a knee injury. Winger Junior Stanislas is also unavailable with a hamstring injury.

Predicted lineups

Reading:

Southwood; Yiadom, Moore, Dann, Rahman, Laurent, Drinkwater, Dele-Bashiru, Swift, Ejaria, Puscas.

Bournemouth:

Travers; Stacey, Cahill, Kelly, Zemura, Lerma, Kilkenny, Billing, Christie, Solanke, Anthony.

Ones to watch

John Swift

The midfielder has been one of the best players in the Championship this season, scoring eight goals so far this season and having six assists too. Who knows how far Reading will get if they can keep him fit.

Dominic Solanke

The striker has carried on his form from last season in terrific style, socring ten goals in the opening 14 games. A fearsome striker with a venomous finish, Solanke is starting to show the potential that made him one of the hottest prospects in English football just a few years ago.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was back in January, when Reading beat Bournemouth 3-1, courtesy of goals from Lucas Joao, Josh Laurent and Tom McIntyre.

How to watch

This match is on Saturday, October 30, and kicks-off at 20:00 BST. This match is available to watch on Sky Sports Football.

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