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West Brom won for the first time in five matches as they claimed a 2-1 victory over playoff rivals Coventry City last weekend.
It was the first time in seven games in which Valerien Ismael‘s side had scored more than once in a match (although one was an own goal) and moved them to within six points of the Championship top two.
After the win, Ismael proclaimed that his side were “back on track” and they will now hope to build some momentum with fixtures against Barnsley and Derby County to come after this weekend.
Albion are the only Championship team yet to lose at home this season, while they have the joint-best defence in the division having conceded just 17 goals.
The Baggies are unbeaten in their last four games against Reading and won 2-1 in their last meeting in February 2020.
West Brom midfield pair Jake Livermore and Jayson Molumby will both return from suspension for Saturday’s game, meaning Taylor Gardner-Hickman is likely to drop out of the side.
Matt Phillips missed the win over Coventry last weekend with a hamstring problem and is unlikely to be available.
Kean Bryan, Kenneth Zohore and Dara O’Shea all have long-term injury issues and will not feature until at least early in the new year.
Reading defender Andy Yiadom was taken off at half-time against Hull last weekend with a soft tissue injury, but Veljko Paunovic said after the game that he could still be available for the trip to The Hawthorns.
If the Ghanaian international is not fit, Dejan Tetek should fill in at right-back in what could be Paunovic’s only change.
Liam Moore and Junior Hoilett are back in training so may be included in the matchday squad, while Ovie Ejaria is also nearing a return.
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West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Kipre, Bartley, Clarke; Furlong, Livermore, Mowatt, Townsend; Diangana, Grant; Robinson
Reading possible starting lineup:
Southwood; Yiadom, Holmes, Dann, Rahman; Laurent; Halilovic, Drinkwater, Swift, Dele-Bashiru; Carroll