Reading January signing Cesare Casadei starts for the Royals against Watford.

With six loanees in the squad, one has to be left out every week. This week it is full-back Baba Rahman.

Shane Long has shaken off a niggle to start up front in place of Andy Carroll, who is serving his suspension for his red card against Manchester United.

Yakou Meite and Lucas Joao provide ammunition from the bench.

Amadou Mbengue, who scored at Old Trafford last week, returns from the start.

Lumley; Holmes; McIntyre; Long; Hendrick; Ince; Yiadom; Loum; Hoilett; Mbengue

Former Royal Leandro Bacuna starts against his former club, having injured his hamstring in the recent FA Cup third round between the two sides.

Bachmann; Gaspar; Choudhury; Davis; Kamara; Cathcart; Araujo; Porteous; Sarr; Bacuna; Martines