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Preview: Reading v Burnley

12 February 2016

Burnley head to the Madejski Stadium buoyed by victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Hull City last time out at Turf Moor.

Sam Vokes’ goal was enough in a tight encounter to move the Clarets within one point of the top two going into the weekend.

Confidence is high after seven games without defeat, just two of those draws, and they will be hoping to carry their momentum forward.

They come up against a Reading side who are looking to try and revive their Play-Off hopes under the stewardship of Brian McDermott.

Since his arrival, the Royals have won two games out of nine and scored six goals and such is the tight nature of the Championship they now sit 14 points adrift of the Play-Offs, and 11 from the relegation spots in 15th place.

Reading: WDWLD

Burnley: WWLDW

Matej Vydra is on a season-long loan at Reading from Premier League Watford and the Czech international enjoyed a fruitful January.

He netted five times, including a hat-trick against Huddersfield Town in the 5-2 FA Cup win at the Madejski Stadium.

Vydra then added a brace against Walsall in the next round to make it 8 goals in 26 appearances in the current campaign.

The Czech international is proven in the Sky Bet Championship having scored 16 times in Watford’s promotion campaign and 22 goals in his first loan spell at Vicarage Road.

He will looking to register his first league goal since November and is a threat Sean Dyche’s side will be well aware of.

Burnley 1-2 Reading

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones (Taylor 86), Kightly (Barton 56); Vokes, Hennings (Long 56).

Subs: Gilks, Lowton, Anderson, Ward

Reading: Bond; Gunter, Hector, McShane, Obita; McCleary (John 81), Norwood (Cooper 89), Williams, Robson-Kanu; Blackman, Piazon (Tshibola 70).

Subs: Taylor, Hurtado, Fernandez, Al-Habsi.

Attendance: 15,226 (401 away)

Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Reading. Dean Marney is likely to remain out with a recurrence of a niggling calf injury that has kept him out recently, while Matt Gilks is still sidelined with an elbow injury he sustained in training.

James Tarkowski is in contention to be in the squad after completing 90 minutes in a Development Squad game against Oldham Athletic in the week.

Long-term absentees Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz are both continuing their recoveries from cruciate ligament injuries.

Referee James Adcock will officiate Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

The Nottinghamshire official has overseen 20 games so far this season, issuing 52 yellow cards and no red cards in the process.

The last Clarets fixture he took charge of was the 1-0 victory over Barnsley in December 2013. Two players were booked on that occasion; Junior Stanislas and Marcus Tudgay.

Mr Adcock will be assisted by Ashvin Degnarain, Matt Corlett and fourth official Craig Hicks.

Sean Dyche: “They've had an up and down run which can sometimes happen. Brian will be putting his own flavour to the team and there have been signs of that performance wise.

“From what we've seen and what we know it'll be another tough challenge for us.

“I don't mind reminding people how we go about our business. We focus on every game as an individual game and we have good detail in how we work because everyone is a challenge in the Championship.”

Brian McDermott: “They’ve got players who know the league, they’ve got a manager that knows his way around the league and get out of it – he’s a fabulous manager; I’ve got a lot of time for Sean, the club and the way they are doing things there.”

Promotion-chasing Burnley are 19/10 to leave the Madejski Stadium with all three points when they take on 6/4 Reading in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday. Reading have netted just eight goals in their last 13 games, so the 7/2 for Burnley to win to nil may be tempting. The Clarets have won six of their last nine, with four of those victories coming without reply. Andre Gray remains the division’s leading goalscorer and is 9/2 to open the scoring in this one.

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