Newcastle United make one change from the side which drew at West Brom last Saturday with Joey Barton replacing Damien Duff.
Newcastle will again go with a 4-4-2 system with an up-front pairing of local lads Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi.
Of course they could also play 4-3-3 with Smith, Nolan and Barton in midfield.
Steve Harper returns in goal, after being taken off at half-time at WBA because of a head injury.
Steve’s fit again to take his place between the posts.
Alan Smith captains the side again in the absence of Nicky Butt who still is recovering from his hand operation.
It seems to be too early for loan signing Danny Simpson, as he’s not included among the substitutes for today’s important game.
We need a win, and really nothing else will be good enough today.
The game is being broadcast live around the world.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Tim Krul, Geremi, Xisco, Nile Ranger, Kazenga LuaLua, Ryan Donaldson, Tamas Kadar
Reading: Adam Federici, Liam Rosenior, Ryan Bertrand, Kalifa Cisse, Alex Pearce (c), Jay Tabb, Jimmy Kebe, Scott Davies, Simon Church, Shane Long, Jem Karacan
Subs: Matthew Mills, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Noel Hunt, James Harper, Hal Robson-Kanu, Ben Hamer, Gylfi Sigurdsson
Referee: Anthony Taylor