Titanic clash awaits as Huddersfield square up against Reading

By Jack Simpson

Huddersfield host Reading in what could be a vital match in the Championship promotion race. The Terriers are third, seven points off Brighton, who occupy the last automatic promotion spot.

Reading on the other hand are fourth, one point behind their opponents, with both sides looking to make ground on their promotion rivals.

The Terriers and the Royals will also be keen to increase the gap between themselves and seventh-place Norwich, which currently stands at ten and nine points respectively.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner will have a full strength team to choose from, having rested a number of key players in their FA Cup match against Manchester City.

Wagner also confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Christopher Schindler, Aaron Mooy and Michael Hefele are available, however defensive midfielder Jonathan Hogg is still out with a knee injury.

Huddersfield have had a great season, winning 19 out of their 31 games, a far cry from last season when the West Yorkshire club finished in 19th place. Their fans are dreaming of watching Premier League football next season.

Reading have also had a terrific season, winning 18 out of 32. Like Huddersfield, Reading finished poorly, ending last season in 17th place.

Manager Jaap Stam will be boasted by the return of midfielder Joey Van Den Berg and captain Paul McShane, who have been out for a number of weeks.

Midfielder Stephen Quinn is close to returning, but the game against Huddersfield is thought to be too soon for the Irishman.

However January signing Tiago Ilori is still out with a knee injury, along with Callum Harriot, who has a hamstring problem.

Assistant manager Andries Ulderink says his team will be ready to face the Terriers.

Speaking to getreading.co.uk  Uldrink, said: “We are ready for some tough games ahead. We try to rotate the team as much as possible to keep everyone fresh”.

Reading face Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle and Leeds in the next six weeks.

Huddersfield play Barnsley, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City and Burton Albion.

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