Reading host promotion challengers Burnley

Brian McDermott prepares for Burnley challenge Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Reading host an in-form Burnley side at the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday, looking for their first February victory.

The Royals, who ground out a 0-0 draw against Wolves last weekend, after losing to Ipswich four days earlier, have struggled for consistency since Brian McDermott took over, and his side face a tough task again this weekend against the Clarets.

Sean Dyche's side are unbeaten in the Championship thus far in 2016, with four victories and two draws since the turn of the New Year.

Early goals from Nick Blackman, who has since departed to Derby County, and Lucas Piazon gave Reading a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor in the reverse fixture, meaning the Royals have won five of the last seven meetings between the two.

However, McDermott may have a number of injuries to contend with this weekend, with Matej Vydra and Danny Williams both facing a race to be fit following hamstring problems.

Aaron Tshibola will definitely miss the tie due to a hamstring problem, whilst Hal Robson-Kanu is also a doubt after picking up a knock.

Dych will be hoping for back-to-back victories after signing his new contract extension with the club, and is expected to name a similar line-up to the side who beat Hull last weekend.

Kick Off: 15:00, Madjeski Stadium.

By Oliver Birch