Hull vs Reading preview
Last Updated: 04/04/19 6:43pm
Hull skipper Markus Henriksen could return for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with lowly Reading.
The Norway international midfielder has missed the past two games through suspension after picking up his 10th booking of the campaign in the 3-2 defeat by leaders Norwich on March 13, but is available for selection once again.
Defender Jordy de Wijs returned for last Saturday's 2-0 win at Ipswich after missing two games through illness, as did midfielder Dan Batty, who had not played since January 19 because of a back injury. Only defender Angus MacDonald is unavailable as he continues to work his way back from deep vein thrombosis.
Reading boss Jose Gomes could have on-loan striker Nelson Oliveira back just weeks after fearing his season might have been ended by a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old, who has scored three goals in six appearances since arriving from Norwich in January, was an unused substitute for last weekend's 2-1 win over Preston and will hope for his first action since March 2.
Midfielder Andy Rinomhota returned after a seven-game absence with an ankle injury against North End. There was an appearance from the bench too for experienced defender Paul McShane, who had been out of action since August, while Sam Baldock and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson continue to work their way back towards match fitness.
Hull are unbeaten in five home league matches against Reading (W2 D3 L0) since losing 1-2 in March 1994.
Reading haven't completed a league double over Hull since the 1986-87 season - they won 3-0 in this season's reverse fixture.
Hull have already won five more points this season (54) than they managed in the entirety of the 2017-18 season (49).
Reading have failed to score in six of their nine away matches under José Manuel Gomes in all competitions.
Hull have scored twice or more in nine consecutive home league matches - they last had a longer run between January and May 1933 in the Third Division North (11 in a row).
Reading won 18 points in 20 Championship under Paul Clement this season (W4 D6 L10) - they have won 21 points in 16 games under current boss José Manuel Gomes (W5 D6 L5).
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (8/1 with Sky Bet)