Watford v Reading preview
Fifteenth host fifth in Championship clash
By Will Wood. Last Updated: 19/09/08 2:35pm
Watford welcome fifth-placed Reading to Vicarage Road looking to kick-start their Championship campaign.
A mixed start to The Hornets' campaign has seen them take seven points from a possible eighteen, with victories over Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town undermined by successive losses to Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth.
Steve Coppell's men, though, have all the momentum following their midweek 6-0 destruction of Sheffield Wednesday, and they have recorded three wins in their own six games thus far.
Boothroyd will, however, take solace from the fact that The Royals are yet to win on the road, with one draw and two losses harnessing the current position.
The last time these two sides met was in the Premier League, with Watford taking four points from the two games, though the fixture at Vicarage Road ended in a goalless draw.
Boothroyd will be without Tamas Priskin and Lloyd Doyley, with the duo sidelined having sustained hamstring strains in the midweek 2-1 defeat to Plymouth.
Adrian Mariappa and Will Hoskins are set to replace them, with the latter his manager's only striking option given Grzegorz Rasiak's shoulder injury.
Meanwhile, Coppell can enjoy almost a full squad to pick from, with Ivar Ingimarsson recovering from a stomach illness.
However, Andre Bikey's impressive performance in the 6-0 annihilation of Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, capped off with a goal, may see the former-Iceland international confined to the bench.
Unsurprisingly, Coppell may well opt for the same line-up in successive games with Kevin Doyle, who netted a second home hattrick in a row, partnered by Noel Hunt in The Royals' attack following the latter's own brace against The Owls.
Captain Graeme Murty's return has been delayed once again after aggravating his calf injury, while Kalifa Cisse missed out once again with a troublesome toe.
Marek Matejovsky is also absent as he continues his comeback from a knee injury, though Michael Duberry is now only weeks away from a return.
Sky Bet Championship
Sat 20th Sep
Derby1 - 1Cardiff
Birmingham0 - 1Blackpool
C Palace1 - 2Plymouth
Swansea1 - 1Burnley
N Forest0 - 0Charlton
Watford2 - 2Reading
Sheff Wed0 - 0Ipswich
Coventry1 - 0QPR
Preston1 - 3Wolves
Norwich1 - 0Sheff Utd
Southampton0 - 0Barnsley
Bristol C4 - 1Doncaster
Sky Bet Championship
|4||Queens Park Rangers||42||73|
|7||Brighton and Hove Albion||42||64|