Reading face a hectic schedule in March, including the teams currently placed second, third, fourth and fifth in the Championship.

However, two of these sides continue to go strong in the FA Cup as they take their places in the quarter-final.

Sheffield United, who the Royals face at the SCL Stadium next week, got the better of Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Bramall Lane, while Blackburn Rovers overcame Leicester City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Paul Ince is due to take his side back to his former club on Wednesday, March 15, shortly before hosting Hull City followed by the international break.

However, while lining up against the Royals, Jon Dahl Tomasson will have one eye on their upcoming last eight encounter with Sheffield United- scheduled for the weekend of March 18, less than 72 hours on.

Other big stories in the FA Cup include League Two Grimsby Town beating Premier League Southampton to set up a quarter-final with Brighton and Hove Albion; while Championship leaders Burnley travel to Manchester City.

Manchester United, who knocked Reading out in the fourth round, host Fulham in the other quarter-final.

Reading beat fourth-placed Rovers in the reverse fixture 3-0, their first defeat of the season.