Reading will close out their year-long stint in the Premier League with a trip to Upton Park to take on a West Ham side aiming to secure a top-half finish.
The two sides have had contrasting fortunes this season after both coming up from the Championship last season, where ironically it was relegated Reading who came up as champions while the Hammers, who had to make it through the play-offs, have survived far more comfortably under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce.
That success has brought the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager an extension to his current contract and a mid-table finish would certainly close out a fine first season’s work back in the top flight.
The hosts have only two injury issues, with central-defender James Tomkins a doubt while George McCartney remains a long-term absentee. Andy Carroll should make what could be his final appearance for the club, as his season-long loan deal from Liverpool expires.
Reading have long been relegated and one wonders exactly what the thinking was behind Brian McDermott’s sacking. His replacement Nigel Adkins has done little to stem the slide and has only picked up one victory so far since taking charge, though he does, like McDermott, have experience in bringing teams up from the Championship into the Premier League.
Forwards Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts remain absent with groin and thigh injuries respectively while Adam Federici’s ankle problem means Alex McCarthy, who earned a call up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the friendlies against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland, will continue in-between the sticks.
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