Nigel Adkins' side hope to leave the relegation zone with a win in what could be an early six-pointer as Brian McDermott hopes to stop his team's descent into a battle for survival
Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw
Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana
Cummings, Mariappa, Morrison, Shorey
Robson-Kanu, Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff
Le Fondre, Roberts
Southampton has no new fitness concerns but Frazer Richardson (hip), Daniel Fox (knee) and Richard Chaplow (thigh) are doubtful as they look to recover from injury.
Nigel Adkins could therefore name a lineup unchanged in six successive matches, with Gaston Ramirez available after returning from compassionate leave granted earlier in the week.
Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) was this week ruled out until next year following surgery, while Jem Karacan (knee) is yet to recover from injury and right-back Chris Gunter (hamstring) is unavailable.
Adrian Mariappa has been preferred over Kaspars Gorkss alongside Sean Morrison at center back. Central midfielder Danny Guthrie (thigh) is recovering from injury but could make a comeback in this fixture. Hal Robson-Kanu has been chosen on the right wing in recent fixtures ahead of Garath McCleary, and Jimmy Kebe (groin) who is doubtful.
Adam Le Fondre has started alongside Jason Roberts in a front two of late, but Noel Hunt will also be fighting for a starting spot and could appear from the bench, while Pavel Pogrebnyak (knock) is doubtful.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Southampton’s defeat 1-0 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday ended a four-match unbeaten run in which the club collected two wins.
- Reading has lost its last three matches in the Premier League, and has lost each of its last three league away games by a one-goal margin.
- There have been no home victories in the last four league meetings between the two teams, with the away side winning twice and two draws.
- The Royals overtook the Saints with three games to go in this fixture last season as the pair won automatic promotion to the Premier League with Reading as champions. Jason Roberts got the opening goal before Rickie Lambert equalized, and Adam Le Fondre (pictured) came off the bench to score two more and record a 3-1 win.
- Nigel Adkins’ side have conceded more goals than any other team this season in the Premier League (32), but have improved recently, concededing just four goals in their last five games.
- Brian McDermott’s side is also porous in defense and have allowed more shots through than any other team this season (197).
- The South Coast club have thrown away more points from winning positions at home than any other Premier League team this season (9), while Reading has thrown away more points from winning positions on the road than any other side this season (10), and the most overall (17).
- Southampton has conceded more first half goals than any other Premier League team this season (15), while Reading has conceded more second half goals than any other (18).
- Reading has scored three or more goals in seven different Premier League games since May 2007, but lost three of these and won just twice. On Saturday the Royals’ 4-3 home defeat to Manchester United equaled the Premier League record for most goals in a first half (7), while in September that year they equaled the record for most goals in a match overall with a 7-4 defeat away at Portsmouth, in which Nicky Shorey played.