The clash between the league’s bottom two sides could finally spell the end of one of either Reading or QPR’s dismal seasons in the Premier League.
After being granted a stay of execution following Aston Villa’s thumping defeat at Manchester United on Monday night, both sides know that the winner at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon will relegate the loser, while a draw would only delay that fate for both sides for another week.
Reading are still searching for their first win under new boss Nigel Adkins and the former Southampton may feel he will not have a better opportunity to saw it until the season is out.
Winger Jimmy Kebe remains absent with a thigh injury, while Jason Roberts is also still missing. However, Adkins hopes to be able call on the services of Hope Akpan and Hal Robson-Kanu.
Visitors QPR will be without their most in-form player in recent weeks in Andros Townsend due to a hamstring problem, while Adel Taarabt faces a fitness test on a shoulder problem. Bobby Zamora remains suspended while Shaun Wright-Phillips will not feature again this season.
Loic Remy will start up front and will look to add to his goals tally as he prepares for a summer of transfer speculation once QPR’s likely-relegation is confirmed.
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