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Joao returns: The Reading XI we expect to see face Cardiff City this weekend

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Reading take on Cardiff City in front of the Sky Sports cameras this weekend, with Jose Gomes’ side going in search of their first win of the new season. 

But how can we expect Reading to line up for the game against the Bluebirds on Sunday?

Find out below….

It certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Gomes make a few changes to the side that narrowly beat Wycombe Wanderers on penalties in midweek in their Carabao Cup game.

Rafael was the hero in that game, saving two penalties on his way to the win, and the majority of the Madejski Stadium faithful will be keen to see him start ahead of Everton loanee, Joao Virginia between the sticks.

Jose Gomes opted to go with a defensive five against Wycombe, in a move that was welcomed by the club’s supporters.

Andy Yiadom is likely to return to the side at right-back, after being rested in midweek, with Omar Richards likely to retain his place in the side, with Jordan Obita slowly being eased back into action after a lengthy spell in the treatment room.

The midfield will consist of John Swift, Andy Rinomhota and Ovie Ejaria, who will be hoping to recapture their best form heading into this one.

Rinomhota looked out of his depth as a makeshift right-back against Wycombe, and will be keen to put that poor display behind him at the earliest of opportunities.

Swift made a real difference against Wycombe though, as he stepped off the substitutes bench to provide the assist for George Puscas’ first goal for the Royals.

Lucas Joao is likely to return to the starting XI for this one, after being rested in the Carabao Cup win over Wycombe.

Joao scored on his debut with a clinical finish from close-range against Hull City last weekend, and he’ll be keen to make it two goals in two appearances for the Royals.

George Puscas is an almost certain starter in this game, in what could be his first league start in the Championship, after coming on as a second-half substitute against Hull.

He netted his first goal for Reading in midweek, with a good finish from a tight angle to equalise against Wycombe, and he’ll be hoping to add to that tally against Cardiff this weekend.

It’s certain to be a closely-fought battle between the two sides at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday in front of the Sky Sports cameras, and Reading will be hoping that their new signings can make an impact against Neil Warnock’s side, who’ll be targeting an immediate promotion back into the Premier League.


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