Match preview: Reading v PNE

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By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor


Preston North End play their final match away from home, travelling to the Madejski Stadium to take on Reading tomorrow afternoon.

A Joe Garner penalty proved to be the difference when these two sides met at Deepdale earlier in the season.

The Royals have won just two out of their last ten games at home whilst North End have failed to secure all three points in their previous five matches.

PNE manager Simon Grayson has urged his players to ensure they finish above Reading, a former Premier League side, come the end of the season.

Grayson believes finishing above them will show just how much has been achieved during their 1st season back in the Championship.

North End will prove tough opposition according to Reading manager Brian McDermott.

The former Leeds manager highlighted how they have been dangerous throughout this season and that there are individuals who can score across the side.

Onto team news and Anders Lindegaard, Ben Pearson and John Welsh could all overcome recent injuries to be available for PNE ahead of tomorrow’s fixture.

Grayson will definitely be able to call on Marnick Vermijl, who is back in full training after injuring his foot.

As for the hosts, there is a chance that Hal Robson-Kanu will feature after missing the last month with a calf injury but Jordan Obita will play no part, still suffering from a hamstring problem sustained three weeks ago.

Striker Deniss Rakels is doubtful after coming off injured during last weekend’s match against QPR.

McDermott will be able to recall Paul McShane and Danny Williams, the pair returning from suspension after both were banned for three matches.

A win in the penultimate match of the season could see North End jump two places into 9th whilst Reading have the chance to leapfrog Wolves into 14th if they claim victory.

If you are not making the journey to the Madejski tomorrow, make sure to follow @SportPluto for full match coverage, including team news.

 

 

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