Reading v Stoke predictions: Potters could get injured at Royals | Sports News
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Alex Neil targets first win as Stoke boss
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Scott Dann, Naby Sarr, Yakou Meite, Ovie Ejaria and Femi Azeez are all out while Baba Rahman could make his second debut for the Royals.
Harry Souttar, Harry Clark, Josh Laurent and Josh Tymon are absent. Nick Powell is back in full training and new signing Dujon Sterling could make his debut.
Life as Stoke boss got off to a dramatic start for new manager Alex Neil when his side saved a point against Swansea with an injury-time equalizer on Wednesday.
However, the Potters may have it easier when taking on Reading.
The Royals have been a true Jekyll and Hyde side this season, with wins over Blackburn, Reading and Middlesbrough booked by a pair of 4-0 defeats to Rotherham and Sheffield United.
Paul Ince’s side were outclassed by the Blades on Tuesday, failing to register a shot on target and they could be in for another long afternoon.
The sacking of Michael O’Neill may have come early in the campaign but Stoke clearly believe they have a talented squad who should be fighting for a playoff spot this season and on paper it’s hard to tell. challenge this assessment, especially in areas of attack.
Stoke can claim to have one of the best attacking groups in the Championship in the four-pronged attack of loan signings Liam Delap, Tyrese Campbell, Dwight Gayle and Jacob Brown and that edge can prove the difference.
The Royals will also be without a number of their best players through injury as their treatment room fills up and the loss of Naby Sarr looks like a blow as he honed his hamstrings in middle of the week.
Former Sunderland boss Neil was driven to get immediate results at Stoke and he can do that against a Reading side who can blow more often than hot during the season.
Both sides to score have failed to land in six of Reading’s seven games this season
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 5:40 PM, SEPTEMBER 3, 2022