Reading v Sheffield United: Squad sheets

Sheffield United's Marcus Williams is expected to return to face his former club Reading if he can recover from a bout of illness

Where to prioritise the FA Cup comes into sharp focus for these clubs, with Brian McDermott's Reading inclined to concentrate on avoiding a return to the Championship, while Danny Wilson is charged with making sure Sheffield United are playing there come August by getting the Blades out of League One. As a result, both may opt for rotation but Reading's new signing, Hope Akpan, is Cup-tied and Jason Roberts is injured while United's Shaun Miller is out for the season. Paul Chronnell

Venue Madejski Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Referee Chris Foy

Odds Reading 7-10 Sheff Utd 5-1 Draw 3-1

Head to head Reading 16 Sheff Utd 15 Draws 7

Reading v Sheffield United
Reading v Sheffield United: Probable starters in bold, contenders in light. Illustration: Graphic Photograph: Graphic


Subs from Taylor, Gunter, Shorey, McCleary, Karacan, Cummings, Tabb, Pogrebnyak, Gorkss, Morrison

Doubtful Karacan

Injured McCarthy, Roberts, Robson-Kanu

Unavailable Akpan

Sheffield United

Subs from Howard, Westlake, Porter, Cresswell, Harriott, Chappell, Tonne, Whitehouse, Willis

Doubtful Williams

Injured Collins, Hill, Jean-François

Match pointers

United have won one of their past 18 FA Cup away games against higher ranked sides

• Adam Le Fondre has scored five times in his past three appearances in all competitions

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