Reading vs Fulham – Match Preview

Reading vs Fulham - Match Preview

Reading vs Fulham – Match Preview

Skybet Championship Play Off Semi Final 2nd Leg, Madjeski Stadium, Reading 7.45pm

(First Leg : 1-1)

After an enthralling first leg, Fulham will make the short trip to the Madejski Stadium to round off the first Championship semi-final. Jordan Obita gave Reading the lead with a wonderful left-footed strike before Tom Cairney equalled the proceedings with a headed goal, leaving the final score at 1-1.

Reading manager, Jaap Stam understands that Fulham possess an attacking threat and may try to sit off and defend their goal and catch them on the counter. Stam has admitted this has been on his mind, speaking with BBC Radio Berkshire: “We need to be aware of that they need to score. It’s going to be a very interesting game with two very good teams.” Will Reading be successful in keeping the potent Fulham attack at bay?

Skybet Clean Sheet – Reading to keep a clean sheet – 100/30

Fulham don’t have a great record of scoring goals in play-off matches. In fact, Cairney’s goal was the second goal in five play-off matches for the Cottagers. However, they haven’t been short of goals this season having scored 85 goals in their 46 matches of the regular season; the highest in the Championship equalling Newcastle and Norwich. Will Fulham continue their rampant riot in front of goal?

Skybet To Score – Fulham to score 2+ goals in 90mins – 10/11

Paul McShane will miss out after being sent off in the 1st leg

Paul McShane will miss out after being sent off in the 1st leg Photo Credit: skysports.com

Team News

The home side are without centre back, Paul McShane, as he picked up a red card in the first leg at Craven Cottage. They could also be without goal scorer, Jordan Obita, who picked up an ankle injury at full-time.

With a few now unavailable, Reading will look to their experienced players such as in-form striker, Yann Kermorgant. His goals have been crucial to Reading’s unexpected success, will the Frenchman strike again with another crucial goal?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Yann Kermorgant to score in 90mins – 13/8

Cairney scored a vital equaliser for Fulham at Craven Cottage

Cairney scored a vital equaliser for Fulham at Craven Cottage Photo Credit: skysports.com

Fulham manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, has no new injuries to worry about. It’s possible he could name the same starting 11 who played the first leg.

Ragnar Sigurdsson and Michael Madl are still side-lined with their injuries however are on the mend and could play in the play-off final, should Fulham overcome Reading on Tuesday night. Cairney will remain an important figure for the visitors, will he get himself a second goal in this play-off tie?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Tom Cairney to score in 90mins – 2/1

 

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