Reading FC vs Sheffield United big match preview including team news, TV

Reading U23s boss Scott Marshall will be taking charge of the team for the Championship clash with Sheffield United.

It follows former boss Paul Clement’s departure from the Madejski Stadium hotseat after just eight months in the job.

Royals go into the game on a four-match unbeaten home run, although they have won just once in their past seven games overall.

The team sit in 21st position on 18 points and just seven points off bottom. They can move up two places to 19th with victory over the Blades.

Chris Wilder’s side have had a strong season to date and occupy sixth position, and they can jump up to third with a win.

Here is the full lowdown on the game.

When and where

The match kicks off at 5.30pm at Madejski Stadium on Saturday, December 8.

How to follow the game

Football.London reporter Jonathan Low will be running a live blog throughout the evening from the stadium with all the build-up starting at 3pm.

Is the game on TV?

Yes, the game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports. If you want to watch the game then you can get a Sky Sports Now TV pass .

The highlights will be on Quest from 9pm on Saturday evening.

You can watch Quest on Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media and BT:

Sky channel 144, or 244 for +1

Virgin Media channel 172, 173 for +1

Virgin Media Ireland channel 154

Freeview channel 37, 83 for +1

Freesat channel 167, 168 for +1

You can also watch it live online using Virgin TV anywhere.

Team news

Reading : Liam Moore is definitely out with a calf strain but Liam Kelly should be back in contention following a calf strain.

Yakou Meite and Mo Barrow will both be pushing for starts after linking up for the late equaliser against Stoke City last week.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (back), Saeid Ezatolahi (quad), Omar Richards (hip and groin) and Jordan Obita (knee) remain sidelined due to injury.

Sheffield United : Strikers Leon Clarke and Ben Woodburn are likely to miss out due to a hip injury and a knock respectively.

That means David McGoldrick will play alongside former Royals loan striker Billy Sharp up front.

Manager and player views

Reading striker Marc McNulty on facing his former club : “I’m really looking forward to the game – I was at Sheffield United for a couple of years and it was great.

“I didn’t play as much as I’d like but that can happen in football. I loved my time there – it’s a great club with a great fanbase so I’m looking forward to the game.

“One the season when they got promoted from League One to the Championship, Chris Wilder had come in and had a new way of playing that took the league by storm. They’ve done that again in the Championship.

“So it’ll be an exciting game. I can imagine that it’d be a bit end-to-end and open, but it’s one I’m looking forward to. We need to come up a way to upset them.”

Reading’s Marc McNulty is facing his former club

Sheff Utd boss Chris Wilder: “We recognise Reading are on a bit of low, but they are capable of winning games and whatever their reaction to the departure of Paul (Clement) we have to manage ourselves.

“We have to have learnt from the last batch of games and be more ruthless in all areas to make sure we get the points our performances normally deserve.

“If we play to our maximum we are a dangerous side to play against and if we are clinical in both boxes we give ourselves a fantastic opportunity.”

Ladbrokes odds

Reading : 7/2

Sheffield United : 3/4

Draw : 27/10

Loader to be first goalscorer : 17/2

Here is a full list of odds for the game.

Officials

James Linington is the referee for the match. His assistants are Lee Venamore and Dean Treleaven.

The fourth official is Trevor Kettle.

Other Championship fixtures (all 3pm)

Birmingham City v Bristol City

Brentford v Swansea City

Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers

Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers

Millwall v Hull City

Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers

Nottingham Forest v Preston North End

Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham United

Stoke City v Ipswich Town

Wigan Athletic v Derby County

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