Millwall vs Reading preview
Last Updated: 24/12/18 1:00pm
Jiri Skalak is a doubt for Millwall's home game with fellow strugglers Reading.
The Czech Republic international has missed the last two matches as he fights a bacterial infection. Midfielder Shaun Williams is expected to be out until the new year with an ankle injury.
Strikers Aiden O'Brien and Steve Morison are pushing for returns to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke.
Reading have a new man in charge after Portuguese coach Jose Gomes was named manager on Saturday. Gomes watched from the stands as the Royals went down 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough.
John O'Shea is back from injury but was only fit enough to be among the substitutes. Fellow defenders Tom McIntyre, Liam Moore, Paul McShane, Tiago Ilori are set to miss out again.
Reading defeated Millwall 3-1 at home in their Championship meeting earlier this season in October - Yakou Meite scored a brace for the Royals.
The last time that Reading defeated Millwall both home and away in league competition in the same season was in their title-winning campaign of 2005-06.
Millwall and Reading haven't faced on Boxing Day since 1934 in the Third Division South - the Royals won 2-1.
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Reading striker Sam Baldock has scored three league goals in six appearances against Millwall, including one in the reverse fixture this season.
Millwall have won six of their last eight home league matches in December, drawing the other two.
Reading have won only one of their last 11 away Boxing Day games (D5 L5), a 2-0 win at Wolves during the 2005-06 season.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)