The Madejski Stadium plays host to another important game as Reading would leapfrog Norwich if the Royals secured all three points in this Npower Championship encounter.
Noel Hunt looks set to retain his place as he scored his first goal in fifteen months when finding the net against Cardiff on Wednesday night. Reading manager Brian McDermott could name an unchanged side after gaining a point against the Bluebirds, though his opposite number Paul Lambert has a definite decision to make.
Andrew Crofts was missing for Norwich at Millwall in midweek through suspension and his replacement David Fox took his chance in fine style by scoring in the 1-1 draw.
Reading and Norwich have played their last seven league fixtures at this level and Reading come into the match on a hat trick of victories following recent 2-0 and 4-0 score-lines. That said, Norwich lead 4-3 in corresponding fixtures whilst we still await a drawn game. For the record the winning team in each of the last three seasons have achieved the league double over their rivals.
Norwich have contested two drawn games since going down to Cardiff whilst Reading suffered a similar 1-3 defeat at QPR last weekend, even though ‘Rangers’ played over half the game with ten men.
With just sixteen goals having been scored in the seven corresponding matches to date, the 10/11 odds quote by bookmakers for less under 2.5 goals to be scored makes some appeal.
Blue Square bookmakers offer odds of 22/1 about Reading winning the title and 25/1 for Norwich to lift the trophy. Those odds suggest that Reading should hold the edge here with home advantage though with a best price of even money being chalked up about the hosts, any spare cash will be kept under lock and key.