Reading v Cardiff. Match preview

Last updated : 19 November 2011 By Michael Morris

readingReading have been far from spectacular this season but have managed to get results in their last five home games including a win over Birmingham in their last fixture.

Cardiff are buoyant after three wins in the last four games including a stunning 3 - 0 win at Derby and impressive 2- 0 home defeat of Crystal Palace.

And City will be backed by nearly 4,000 fans who will be making the easy trip along the M4.

Team news from Sporting Life: Reading will have a fully-fit squad to choose from against Cardiff as they bid to record back-to-back home victories.

Several Royals players, including Adam Federici, Mikele Leigertwood and Hal Robson-Kanu returned from international duty unscathed.

Simon Church missed Wales' 4-1 win over Norway with a knock while Jem Karacan (ankle) withdrew from the Turkey Under-23 squad.

But the duo have returned to training and will be available to manager Brian McDermott.

Meanwhile winger Jimmy Kebe, who announced he excepts to leave the club in January or over the summer, will hope to keep Robson-Kanu out of the starting line-up again.

McDermott's side entered the international break on a high after beating Birmingham 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall is, meanwhile, set to return to the starting XI for his side's Royals clash.

The Bluebirds stopper came off at half-time in the 3-0 victory over Derby due to illness and the 26-year-old did not feature against Crystal Palace.

But he looks set to return in place of Tom Heaton as Malky Mackay's side aim to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Midfielder Stephen McPhail could also return to the squad after missing out against the Eagles for personal reasons.

The only absentee for Mackay will be striker Rudy Gestede, who has a hamstring strain.

Welsh central defender Darcy Blake may have to make do with a place on the bench once more despite featuring regularly for his country.