The Royals are still looking to register their first win of the campaign but face stern competition for the spoils from Martin Jol's side, which sits two points off the top four.
Cummings, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey
Kebe, Guthrie, Leigertwood, McAnuff
Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre
Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Ruiz, Sidwell, Richardson
With Brian McDermott in desperate need of the three points, this game could see the home side adopt a system with two strikers rather than the 4-5-1 tactic they employed against Liverpool last week. Adam Le Fondre might well be the man chosen to partner Pavel Pogrebnyak up front, with Jem Karacan sidelined due to a serious knee injury he picked up against Liverpool.
Noel Hunt picked up a knock ahead of the Royals' clash with Liverpool and will be assessed again ahead of this one.
Martin Jol has almost a full complement of players to choose from and the big changes are expected in the middle of the park where midfield duo Damien Duff and Bryan Ruiz are set to be welcomed back from injury.
Simon Davies (hip) is the Cottagers' only major concern, and will definitely not feature at the Madejski Stadium.
After a clean sheet last time out against Aston Villa, Fulham is set to remain unchanged at the back but striker Mladen Petric could be sacrificed for an extra man in midfield away from home.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Danny Murphy's 76th minute equalizer against Portsmouth on the last day of the 2007-08 campaign not only ensured Fulham's survival but also effectively relegated Reading from the Premier League that year.
- Pavel Pogrebnyak (pictured right) scored six goals in 12 appearances for the Cottagers last season and had the option to remain at Craven Cottage this year but eventually opted for a move to the Madjeski stadium.
- Pogrebnyak has an impressive strike rate in the Premier League, scoring a total of eight goals from just 11 shots on target.
- Fulham has conceded six goals from set-pieces this season. That's more than any other team in the league.
- These sides have been almost impossible to separate in the past, each winning two of the last four encounters with the number of yellow cards received each (five) also distributed evenly.
- There has never been a penalty scored whenever these two teams have met in the Premier League.