Reading v Brentford preview
Last Updated: 19/01/18 1:01pm
Reading manager Jaap Stam will recall his regulars for the Sky Bet Championship visit of Brentford.
The Royals fielded 10 changes for the midweek FA Cup third-round replay win over Stevenage when Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored a hat-trick in different shirts. Top scorer Yann Kermorgant is among those expected to be in line for a return, with defender Chris Gunter having been the only player to retain his place.
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Midfielder John Swift and defender Paul McShane and continue to be assessed on their respective hamstring problems. Defender Jordan Obita is out for the season after surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.
Brentford will have defenders Henrik Dalsgaard and John Egan available. Danish full-back Dalsgaard is back in full training having been sidelined for 10 weeks with a heel injury.
Centre-half Egan has got the all-clear to return after suffering a second concussion of the season in December. Rico Henry remains a long-term absentee following a cruciate injury.
Reading ended a run of three consecutive home league defeats against the Bees with a 3-2 win at the Madejski Stadium last season.
Brentford have kept one clean sheet in their last 14 league matches against the Royals.
The Royals are without a win in their last seven games in the Championship (D3 L4), scoring just two goals in their last six.
In contrast, Brentford have won four of their last five league games (L1), scoring exactly twice in each of those victories.
Reading have won just two of their last 11 Championship home games (D3 L6), losing each of their last two.
After failing to score or assist in his first 11 league appearances this season, Lasse Vibe has been directly involved in seven goals in his last seven, scoring six and assisting once.