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Richards, Ilori, Jaakkola all start in Reading changes

6 January 2018

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The Royals will take on Stevenage in the Third Round of the FA Cup by fielding a relatively strong line-up at the Lamex Stadium.

Dave Edwards returns to the starting line-up after being rested in midweek as one of six outfield changes to the starting eleven, and there are starts for Tiago Ilori, Omar Richards, Garath McCleary and Liam Kelly for the Royals on Saturday afternoon.

Anssi Jaakkola will start between the posts for Reading, and George Evans also returns to the XI for the match against the League Two side.

Chris Gunter drops to the bench, as he does not make the starting line-up for the first time all season.

Paul McShane captains the side as usual, but he will be hoping to celebrate his birthday with a safe passage to the Fourth Round, as he turns 32 today.

Reading: Jaakkola, Bacuna, McShane (c), Ilori, Richards, Van den Berg, Edwards, Kelly, Evans, McCleary, Barrow.
Subs: Mannone, Gunter, Swift, Aluko, Kermorgant, Clement, Blackett.

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