Two sides having bland, mid-table seasons take each other on tonight at the Madejski Stadium.
The Royals come off the back of Ola John’s later blockbuster against Bolton to seal a 1-0 win, and will hope to build on that with another win to push them up the table.
It looks as though Michael Hector will miss out again through injury, as well as former Red Garath McCleary.
Forest will hope to make up for poor defeats to rivals Derby and a dreadful 3-0 defeat to Brentford over the weekend.
They’ll be be without Eric Lichaj, who was sent off in that game. Michael Mancienne will also miss out through injury, whilst Henri Lansbury may make a return from injury.
Here’s THREE things to look out for in the match…..
1) Matej Vydra’s form:
Reading fans have been frustrated by the Watford loanee ever since he signed on the summer deadline day, but tempers grew on Saturday afternoon as Vydra failed to capitalise on a number of chances gifted to him at the Macron Stadium.
The Czech was through on goal four times, had a free header and was given the opportunity to take a penalty, but failed to score once, leaving Royals fans fuming.
Vydra could be something to really look out for this evening, for instance, will he start at all? And if he does, what will his body language be like, will he be determined to prove doubters wrong, and will he finally get his first goal in the league since scoring against Forest in November.
2) Brian McDermott’s team news
The win against Bolton completely staved off relegation completely and utterly. It’s therefore suggested that McDermott should be experimenting with his starting eleven in ahead of what will hopefully be a brighter next season.
It’ll be interesting to see how many loanees fit into Reading’s team tonight, and whether any youngsters, like Josh Barrett, will come into the picture.
The only frustration is that the prospects Reading fans want to see in the eleven are out on loan, like Dominic Samuel, Tariqe Fosu and Jack Stacey, though Sean Long and George Evans could also feature.
3) Will Forest finally string some form together?
Nottingham Forest have been in appalling form since sacking Dougie Freedman lost his job just after Christmas, only winning twice in the last ten games, with six of those defeats.
With Reading in a similar position to themselves, Forest fans will be hoping they can bag a win and string a few wins together before the end of the season to bring some momentum into the new season next year.