Wigan take on the Royals in a real relegation six pointer.
A run of four wins and two draws has turned the Madejski Stadium into a formidable ground recently, yet Reading remain submerged in the relegation zone, one point shy of safety and only two points above the Roberto Martínez’s side. Defensive midfielder Mikele Leigertwood had to be substituted after an hour of Reading’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford on Monday and is now a doubt for the visit of Wigan. Jimmy Kébé could return from a knock to take a place on the flank, though former Wigan striker Jason Roberts is still unavailable with a hip injury. Paraguay defender Antolín Alcaraz hopes to make his first appearance for Wigan since August, while Emmerson Boyce could also be passed fit. Jonny Weeks
Venue Madejski Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season n/a
Referee Phil Dowd
This season’s matches 17 Y49, R2, 3.00 cards per game
Subs from Andersen, Taylor, Gunter, Pogrebnyak, McCleary, Morrison, Tabb, Church, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Harte, Cummings, Carriço, Akpan, Blackman
Doubtful Kébé (knock), Leigertwood (knock)
Injured McCarthy (shoulder, 30 Mar), Roberts (hip, unknown)
Form guide LWDWWL
Disciplinary record Y31 R0
Leading scorer Le Fondre 10
Subs from Robles, Alcaraz, Jones, Koné, Henríquez, Gómez, McManaman, Fyvie, Stam, López, Golobart, Dicko, Miyaichi, Orsula
Doubtful Alcaraz (groin), Boyce (hamstring), Miyaichi (ankle)
Injured Watson (broken leg, 17 Mar), Crusat (knee, May), Ramis (knee, Oct), Pollitt (thigh, unknown)
Form guide LDDLDL
Disciplinary record Y44 R2
Leading scorer Koné 6
Reading have won each of their previous two Premier League home games against The Latics.
Wigan won the reverse fixture 3-2 earlier this season, when Jordi Gomez scored a hat-trick.
The Latics are winless on their last six trips to the Madejski Stadium since Stuart Barlow and Carl Bradshaw scored in a 2-0 third division victory in October 1999.
There have been last-minute winners in three of the last four meetings between the clubs.
The Royals are unbeaten in their last five matches at home, winning three of them. Their last defeat was the 5-2 loss by Arsenal on 17 December.
Brian McDermott’s side have scored in each of their last seven league games – their best run of the season.
Reading have scored the division’s highest proportion of goals in the final 15 minutes of games (42%).
Mikele Leigertwood could make his 100th Reading appearance, and Jem Karacan his 150th.
The Latcis have won only one of their last 13 league matches.
Roberto Martinez’s side have let in 16 goals in the last six games.
Wigan have conceded the opening goal in 17 league matches this season – more than any other club in the division.
They have kept the equal fewest clean sheets (three) this season, along with opponents Reading.
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