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Foot Predictions shows Tuesday’s championship clash between Bristol City and Reading, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Bristol City will try to recover from the humiliating 6-0 defeat by Watford when he receives Reading on Tuesday.
The Robins are now 13th in the league and seven points behind the playoff positions, with pressure building on the manager Dean Holden.
Holden’s future remains to be questioned by many, with the club in a series of five consecutive defeats in all competitions.
The Robins boss described the defeat on Vicarage Road as “a terrible afternoon that will sit with us for a long time”, with the team suffering a Taylor Moore own goal in the second minute and not being able to recover.
Since December 1, only Birmingham City and Wycombe Wanderers have scored fewer points in the league than Bristol City, whose six biggest hopes are now at stake.
Scoring six goals on Saturday also means that only three teams in the division have suffered more in the entire campaign.
The Robins can rely on the fact that, despite their recent problems, their form at home is still encouraging, as they have won four of their last six matches at Ashton Gate.
It is certainly a vital period for Holden if he remains in office, with the club facing Middlesbrough (eighth) and Swansea City (third) before the end of February.
Reading won 3-1 when Bristol City visited Madejski Stadium in November – a result that ended a five-game unbeaten run.
Veljko Paunovic needs something similar on Tuesday, as the Royals have recovered again, winning only once in the last five matches.
The Berkshire club was defeated 2-1 at home by Millwall on Saturday, taking the lead through Alfa SemedoThe team’s bizarre 50-yard goal in the first half, before suffering two defeats in the last 15 minutes of the game.
The result certainly put Reading’s automatic promotion hopes aside, as they are now nine points behind the top two, but the former Premier League team is guaranteed a place in the playoffs by staying in fifth place, eight points ahead of the Cardiff in seventh.
Only Brentford (55) and Bournemouth (43) scored more goals than Reading (42) in the division, but Paunovic’s team also conceded the third highest number of goals in the top half (34). The Royals have lost just one of their last eight games out of the league, however, but five of those games ended in a draw.
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All news from the teams
Holden admitted after the defeat of Bristol City to Watford that Alfie Mawson he is likely to miss the rest of the season due to an injury sustained against Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
Reading ex-player Adrian Mariappa is likely to replace the teenager Ryley Towler on the left side, with Holden expected to return to the experience in his time of crisis.
Joe Williams he could return to the side after being rested against Watford due to tiredness.
Omar Richards should return to Reading XI as a left-back after Paunovic made a rare start Lewis Gibson against Millwall.
Paunovic confirmed that John Swift stay out for more than six weeks with a hamstring problem, but George Puscas is set to be returned within the next 10 days. Yakou Meitehowever, it is being evaluated weekly.
Possible initial lineup for Bristol City:
Bentley; Hunt, Vyner, Kalas, Mariappa; Paterson, Lansbury, Williams; Wells, Diedhiou, Semenyo
Possible initial lineup reading:
Rafael; Holmes, Morrison, McIntyre, Richards; Semedo, Laurent; Olise, Rinomhota, Ejaria; John
Probability: Bristol City 0-1 Reading
The outcome of this game will depend on Bristol City’s response to the defeat at Watford; they could get into their shell and be defeated again or try to prove their skeptics wrong and get back on track with a victory. Reading will not be an easy side to beat, however, and we think the Royals will be the winners.
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