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Swift On The Bench For Must Win Match
16 April 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?
John Swift will be on the bench as he makes his latest return from injury as Reading take on Cardiff City at the Madejski Stadium this evening. The match is live on Sky Sports and kick-off is at 6pm. The Royals must win the match to keep in touch with the top six as they currently find themselves in seventh place - five points behind both Bournemouth and Barnsley with just five games left to play.
With Reading still to play Swansea and Norwich before the end of the season, nothing but a win will do tonight and it is likely that even that won't be enough after Reading's poor form has seen them drop out of the top six.
Omar Richard is fully fit and will be back in the starting eleven in place of Lewis Gibson, and Lucas Joao will make a start after being dropped to the bench for Reading's last two fixtures. Joao was on the scoresheet earlier this season as the Royals won 2-1 at Cardiff - back when we were top of the Championship. Puscas failed to take Reading's best chance against Watford and will find himself back on the bench for Cardiff's visit.
Reading Team: Rafael, Yiadom, Holmes, Moore, Richards, Laurent, Rinomhota, Ejaria, Olise, Joao, Meite. Subs: Southwood, Gibson, Esteves, Tetek, Semedo, Aluko, Puscas, Baldock, Swift.
Reading are unbeaten in their last ten games against Cardiff.
Recent Matches with Cardiff:
|26 September 2020||Cardiff (Away)||Championship||W: 2-1||Report...||0||1||M Morrison, L Joao|
|04 February 2020||Cardiff (Away)||FA Cup||D: 3-3||Report...||4832||-||O Richards, A Rinomhota, Y Meite|
|31 January 2020||Cardiff (Away)||Championship||D: 1-1||Report...||22518||15||Y Meite|
|25 January 2020||Cardiff (HOME)||FA Cup||D: 1-1||Report...||12798||-||Y Meite|
|18 August 2019||Cardiff (HOME)||Championship||W: 3-0||Report...||14252||17||G Puscas, G Puscas, J Swift|
|06 May 2018||Cardiff (Away)||Championship||D: 0-0||Report...||32478||20|
|11 December 2017||Cardiff (HOME)||Championship||D: 2-2||Report...||16670||14||C Paterson, M Barrow|
|28 January 2017||Cardiff (HOME)||Championship||W: 2-1||Report...||18558||3||J Swift, Y Kermorgant|
|27 August 2016||Cardiff (Away)||Championship||W: 1-0||Report...||15013||15||Y Kermorgant|
|19 March 2016||Cardiff (HOME)||Championship||D: 1-1||Report...||17407||17||G McCleary|
|07 November 2015||Cardiff (Away)||Championship||L: 0-2||Report...||15414||8|
|04 April 2015||Cardiff (HOME)||Championship||D: 1-1||Report...||17953||19||P Pogrebnyak|
|24 January 2015||Cardiff (Away)||FA Cup||W: 2-1||Report...||11750||-||O Norwood, H Robson-Kanu|
|21 November 2014||Cardiff (Away)||Championship||L: 1-2||Report...||20643||15||M Hector|
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