West Brom v Reading preview
Last Updated: 05/10/18 12:03pm
West Brom boss Darren Moore is sweating on the fitness of winger Matt Phillips ahead of the visit of Reading.
The Scotland international is battling a muscle strain and is being assessed game-by-game after missing the last three matches.
New signing Bakary Sako could also be involved after joining on a short-term deal following his exit from Crystal Palace. Moore, the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month, has no other fitness concerns.
Reading strikers Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Sam Baldock are major doubts with calf problems. Bodvarsson was injured in the warm-up against QPR in midweek, while Baldock hasn't featured since the win against Hull last month.
Boss Paul Clement is expected to tinker with his team following the 1-0 home defeat by QPR, with John O'Shea and John Swift among several players pushing to start at The Hawthorns. Swift, Josh Sims and Marc McNulty were on the bench against Rangers and are options for Clement.
West Bromwich Albion and Reading last met in February 2016 in the FA Cup fifth round - Reading won 3-1.
Reading have lost eight of their last nine away league matches at West Brom (D1) - their last win there came in February 1988, a 1-0 victory.
Only Peterborough (28) have scored more league goals than West Brom (27) in the top four tiers this season. 27 goals from 11 games is West Brom's best record from the start of a season since 1958-59 (28).
Reading have won just one of their last 13 away league games (D5 L7), recording a 3-2 win at Preston in September.
Only Brentford's Neal Maupay (6) has scored more home goals in the Championship this season than West Brom's Dwight Gayle (5).
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has scored 50% of Reading's league goals this season (7/14), and has netted four of their last six in the Championship.
David Prutton predicts: 3-1 (11/1 with Sky Bet)