Stoke City hope to build on back to back home wins as they make the mid-week trip to Reading.
Michael O’Neill knows his side can climb back into the top half with three points as he tries to end a frustrating season with encouraging momentum. Lewis Baker (knee) is hoping to return to contention but Jaden Philogene-Bidace (knee), Nick Powell (quad) and Harry Souttar (knee) are out.
Reading do not have permission to play Tom Ince, on loan from Stoke until the summer, as they fight for points to secure their place in the Championship. There is a five-point cushion to third-bottom Barnsley and six to second-bottom Derby heading into this evening’s fixtures.
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