Bristol City vs Reading preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
George Puscas of Reading celebrates with Michael Morrison after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Huddersfield Town at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on January 22, 2022 in Reading, England. (Photo by John Early/Getty Images)

Nigel Pearson's Bristol City and Veljko Paunovic's Reading meet on Wednesday evening at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in the Championship.

Bristol City are coming off a heavy 3-1 defeat to Blackpool last weekend, whilst Reading lost 4-0 to Queens Park Rangers in their last match a week and a half ago.

Both managers are under heavy pressure, so a win will be key for both managers if they are to keep their jobs for much longer.

Team news

Bristol City are likely to still be without Matty James as he is still yet to return to training after sustaining a foot injury. Andy King (hamstring), Rob Atkinson (calf), Kasey Palmer (knee) and George Tanner (hamstring) all remain out injured, whilst Robbie Cundy is in line for a quick return to the squad after a minor hamstring injury against Preston North End.

Tom Ince is set to make his debut after joining the Royals on Deadline Day on loan from Stoke City, whilst Yakou Meite and Tom McIntyre are highly unlikely to appear as they continue to recover from long-term knee and foot injuries respectively.

Predicted lineups 

Bristol City:

O'Leary; Kalas, Klose, Pring, Scott, Massengo, Williams, Dasilva, Weimann, Martin, Semenyo.

Reading:

Southwood; Yiadom, Holmes, Morrison, Rahman, Laurent, Drinkwater, Rinomhota, Swift, Ince, Joao.

Ones to watch

Andreas Weimann

The Austrian has been one of the Robins' shining lights in what has been a poor season, scoring 14 goals and claiming five assists so far in the Championship this season. He has been one of the most underrated players in the Championship this season, able to play across the attack and has a great weak foot, Weimann is a player Reading should be scared of.

Tom Ince

The winger joined the Royals on deadline day on loan from Stoke where recently the 30-year-old has picked up a decent bit of form for the Potters, playing at right-back. Based off interviews and training sessions, Ince looks perfectly ready to have a great second half of the season, with great technical ability, pace and a wonder of a left foot. With Ince set to be a free agent come the summer, he will be playing for a contract so his performances should step up.

Previous meetings 

The last time these two sides met was at the start of the season in August, when Bristol City came out 2-3 victors, with a double from Andreas Weimann and Chris Martin goals sealing their first three points of the season.

How to watch

This match kicks-off on Wednesday, February 9 at 20:00, and is available to watch via Sky Sports on the red button.

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