Reading FC make the longest remaining away trip of the season, to Hull City, on Saturday looking to secure survival in the Championship for another season.

Paul Ince's men go into the game high on confidence after a dramatic Easter weekend in which they picked up four points.

A Royal win, twinned with a Friday-night Barnsley defeat and dropped Posh points, will ensure the club remain the second tier for a ninth consecutive season.

The Tigers are one of only two teams Reading can catch above them, with Shota Arveladze's side six points ahead in 19th.

Hull have scored just 37 goals so far this season, 17 goals less than Reading and only better than Barnsley, who have scored a league low of 31.

However, very hard to break down, only West Brom have conceded less than the Humberside team's 48 in the bottom half.


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Considering both teams are firmly planted in the bottom six, both come into Saturday's fixture on decent form.

Reading are fifth in the form table over the last six matches, winning three and losing one, while Hull have won three and lost three.

A good sign for the travelling Royals, only QPR have been worse in front of their own fans in the last four, winning one and losing three.

Meanwhile, in the away standings, Reading find themsevles 14th with one win and one defeat in four.

Reading had not beaten Stoke in 15 years until last month, and nor had they beaten Sheffield United in the league since 2008 until Good Friday, and Royals will be hoping another curse is broken this weekend, with no Reading win in the city since 1994.

Over the course of more than 110 years, the two sides have met 56 times- the two sides are not to be seperated, with 18 wins apiece.

A draw would make it three ties on the bounce- the first time this would have ever happened.


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Team News

Defender Tom Holmes is expected to return after missing the stunning 4-4- draw with Swansea City with a bad fever, but Ovie Ejaria is a doubt with a thigh injury.

In more positive news, fan favourite Yakou Meite returned to the pitch for a cameo against the Swans and looked sharp, so the Ivorian could feature at the MKM Stadium.


Last Time Out: Reading 1-1 Hull City, December 4, 2021



A Holmes scissor-kick looked as though was going to be enough to steal the show in first half stoppage time, but Malik Wilks' long range strike was not dealt with by Luke Southwood and it was palmed into the roof of the net shortly after half time.

The draw seaw the two sides remain 19th and 20th respectively but Reading were to gain just one point in the next nine matches.