Preview: Reading vs. Queens Park Rangers

Reading's manager Nigel Adkins during the Premier League match against Southampton on April 6, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Sunday's Premier League relegation clash between Reading and Queens Park Rangers.

The Premier League's bottom two clubs meet at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday afternoon when Reading host Queens Park Rangers, with the losers knowing that they will be relegated.

Reading will be hoping to put an end to their recent poor form, which has seen them lose eight of their last nine league games. Nigel Adkins's side were beaten 2-1 by Norwich City last weekend to remain bottom of the league.

QPR, who have lost four of their last five league matches, are joint bottom of the table with 24 points, 10 adrift of safety with four games remaining.

Reading boss Adkins will be without several first-team players for the match, with Adam Federici and Jimmy Kebe to miss out through injury. Hope Akpan, who is nearing a return to action following an ankle injury, may be named on the bench.

Harry Redknapp will have to make changes to the QPR side which were beaten 2-0 by Stoke City last weekend, with Andros Townsend ruled out due to an ankle injury.

Adel Taarabt faces a late fitness test on his shoulder injury while Bobby Zamora serves the final game of this three-match suspension.

Recent form

Reading: LLLLDL


Possible starting lineups

Reading: McCarthy; Gunter, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly; Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, McCleary; Pogrebnyak, Hunt

QPR: Green; Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Ben Haim; Hoilett, Derry, M'Bia, Townsend, Taarabt; Remy

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Dimitar Berbatov scores the opening goal from the penalty spot against QPR on April 1, 2013
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