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Reading vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 20th October 2020, k.o. 8pm BST
Sky Bet Championship
After their first goal of the season comes Wanderers' hunt for a first point - or three - of their Championship adventure as the make the short journey to the Madejski Stadium tonight.
Reading are unbeaten so far and have held the upper hand over the Chairboys in recent encounters, winning four of the last six and squeezing through on penalties when they met in the League Cup last term.
However, Wycombe's signs of progress have been steady despite the five successive defeats leaving them with nothing to show for their efforts, and a culmination of those positive strides into one mammoth 90-minute display tonight could see them spring a surprise on their second-placed opponents.
It's an encounter between one of the EFL's newest bosses, Reading's Veljko Paunović, and longest-serving in Gareth Ainsworth, whose managerial debut as caretaker chief for QPR actually came at the Madejski almost 12 years ago to the day.
Ainsworth has options to choose from with Adebayo Akinfenwa making his return to the squad at the weekend, alongside teenage debutant Anis Mehmeti and Irish international Daryl Horgan who all came off the bench, while Dominic Gape, Uche Ikpeazu, Ryan Tafazolli and Alex Pattison are all in contention. Jason McCarthy missed out on Saturday and could also be in line for a return.
Reading could make changes as a hectic fixture schedule ramps up its intensity, with former Blues youth team product Josh Laurent in line for an appearance in midfield after signing from Shrewsbury in the summer.
Wanderers will be in their mango change strip.
Man in the Middle
Experienced official Andy Davies has shown three red cards in five games so far this term, and his last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 4-0 loss at Sunderland in January.
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