Last season was Reading’s first league double over Cardiff since the 2005/06 season, last winning three games in a row against the Bluebirds in November 2004.
Neil Warnock has lost more Football League games (excluding play-offs) against Reading than any other side (16).
Yann Kermorgant has had a hand in four goals in his last five league matches against Cardiff (three goals, one assist), scoring in both matches against them last season.
Cardiff are yet to drop a single point in Championship matches when they’ve gone ahead this season, winning all 13 of the matches in which they’ve taken the lead.
In his last 15 league matches this season, Modou Barrow has had a hand in seven goals (five goals, two assists) – as many as he managed in his previous 66 combined.
The Bluebirds have conceded fewer goals than any other Championship side this season (14) – after 20 matches last season, they had conceded 31 goals.
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Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Bacuna, McShane, Moore, Van den Berg, Edwards, Kelly, Aluko, Barrow, Kermorgant.
Subs: Jaakkola, Beerens, Ilori, Clement, Bodvarsson, Blackett, Popa.
Cardiff City: Etheridge, Manga, Bamba, Morrison, Bennett, Paterson, Ralls, Damour, Mendez-Laing, Hoilett, Bogle.
Subs: Murphy, Peltier, Connolly, Halford, Feeney, Tomlin, Pilkington.