All the team news ahead of our opening encounter of 2017Captain Paul McShane is back in the starting eleven for the first game of the calendar year as one of three changes to the side named for our home fixture against Fulham three days ago.
Roy Beerens comes in for the injured Callum Harriott, while John Swift earns his first start since picking up an ankle injury on international duty nearly two months ago.
Yakou Meite comes back into the squad on the bench, joining Liam Kelly who is named as one of the seven replacements this afternoon. Meanwhile, former Royal Scott Golbourne starts for our hosts.
Bristol City: Fielding, Golbourne, Little, Bryan, Flint, Smith (c), Brownhill, O'Dowda, Freeman, Matthews, Abraham.
Subs: Tomlin, O'Donnell, Reid, Engvall, Wilbraham, Paterson, Kelly.
Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter (c), Blackett, L.Moore, McShane, Van den Berg, Williams, Swift, Beerens, McCleary, Kermorgant.
Subs: S.Moore, Obita, Cooper, Evans, Kelly, Meite, Samuel.