Same wanted again as Royals travel to Ipswich

Last updated : 27 September 2004 By Rob Cooper
The Royals play Ipswich at Portman Road tomorrow evening in a top of the table clash.

Back in August few would have thought that humble Reading would be riding high at the top of the league.

And whilst the year is yet young, and critics are suggesting Steve Coppell's side will soon be knocked off their perch, another win tomorrow night will keep the Royals top as we head into October.

It was the likes of Wolves, West Ham and Leicester who were amongst the bookies tips to win the league this season, but following Reading's good start to the season they have been made 13-2 fourth favourites to lift the Championship next May.

Continuity has been the key for Coppell's team so far this season - game after the game the Reading manager has fielded an unchanged or almost unchanged eleven.

Tomorrow night, when the Royals travel to Portman Road, the team is likely to be unchanged from the side that defeated Watford on Saturday. However, there may be a place on the bench for fit again winger Glen Little.

But it is unlikely that Steve Coppell is going to want his big wingman to play a major role in proceedings tomorrow after a prolonged spell on the sidelines with a hamstring

However Ipswich Town, sitting pretty in third place, will prove to be tough opponents for the high-flying Royals.

The Madejski Stadium side have a poor record at Portman Road in recent years, and with Shefki Kuqi and Co firing on all cylinders, Ivar Ingimarsson and Adie Williams are sure to be given the run around.

The Tractor Boys are expected to make just one change from the team that defeated Burnley on Saturday, with Matt Richards replacing the suspended Fabian Wilnis at left-back.