Tomorrow (May 15) sees the second leg of the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi final between Reading and Fulham take place.

And it’s all to play for in the second leg, following a 1-1 draw in the opener at Craven Cottage.

Jordan Obita’s goal early in the second half was quickly cancelled out by Tom Cairney’s equaliser for Fulham, meaning the second leg really is winner takes all.

Reading captain Paul McShane will miss the second leg after he was shown a red card towards the end of the 1-1 on Saturday (May 13).

Their goalscorer on Saturday, Jordan Obita, is also doubtful, after he was withdrawn with an ankle injury.

On the other hand, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has no new injuries concerns to contend with.

Fulham are unbeaten in their last six Sky Bet Championship games, whilst Reading have suffered just one defeat, which came at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

Reading’s home form this season has been nothing short of superb. The Royals have lost just two games at the Madejski Stadium all season.

Despite being free scoring throughout the season, Fulham have a horrible record when it comes to goals in Play-Off matches.

Cairney’s goal in the first leg was just their second in five Play-Off matches, and the Cottagers have never scored more than one goal in a single Play-Off game.

Both managers have spoken to their local radios ahead of tomorrow’ huge game.

Speaking to Radio Berkshire, Reading boss Jaap Stam said: “Everyone’s excited for the second leg, but there’s still a game to play against a very good side, even though you’ve got home advantage.

“We need to be aware of that and they need to score. It’s going to be a very interesting game with two very good teams playing against each other, so let’s just wait and see what’s going to happen.”

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic spoke to BBC Radio London. He said:”I’m an optimist, I believe in my players and they believe in themselves and they’ve shown in the first leg that they play with confidence.”

“I’m not scared about the situation, that’s football and yes there’s potential for a penalty shoot-out, but there’s one game in front of us and that’s all.”

The winners of tomorrow’s game will face either Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town at Wembley, for a place in the Premier League.


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