Akpan makes full debutBrian McDermott has made two changes to the side that snatched a draw with Chelsea in midweek.
Hope Akpan, after making a huge impact in substitute appearances against Newcastle and the European Champions, starts - whilst Garath McCleary also comes into the starting XI. Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie drop to the bench.
Reading: Federici; Kelly, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce; Akpan, Leigertwood, McAnuff (c); McCleary, Kebe; Pogrebnyak
Subs: Taylor, Shorey, Morrison, Karacan, Guthrie, Blackman, Le Fondre
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Colback, Bramble, O'Shea (c); N'Diaye, Vaughan, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher
Subs: Westwood, Mangane, Rose, Bardsley, McClean, Wickham, Graham