Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has made three changes to the side which won 4-1 at home to Blackpool on Saturday.
Ryan Taylor comes in for the injured Tamas Kadar, who has a hamstring problem, while Alan Smith and Shola Ameobi replace strikers Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands, who have been rested.
We can only think that Shola has been looking good in training, but it appears that Chris will start in a 4-5-1 formation with Nolan playing just behind Shola up front.
This shows a certain respect for Reading, who are in excellent form of late.
It also looks like Ryan Taylor will be at right back and Danny Simpson switches over to left-back,where he’s played once or twice before.
Jose Enrique is on the bench, but it looks like Chris doesn’t want to risk him, and he may still be a little under the weather.
Jose missed the game on Saturday because of a bug, and only returned to training yesterday.
And the bench looks so strong – Tim Krul, Joey Barton, Leon Best, Jose Enrique, Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands and Fabrice Pancrate.
Andy Griffin, the former Newcastle player is at right back for Reading, on loan from Stoke City since January – through the end of the season.
A win is what we’ll be looking for the make it six in a row.
Howay The Lads!!
Reading: Federici; Griffin, Gunnarsson, Pearce, Bertrand; Kebe, Tabb, Howard, McAnuff; Long, Sigurdsson.
Subs: Hamer (gk), Cisse, Henry, Church, Robson-Kanu, Karacan, Hamer, Rasiak.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson, Wayne Routledge, Alan Smith (c), Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Tim Krul, Joey Barton, Leon Best, Jose Enrique, Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands, Fabrice Pancrate
Referee: Fred Graham