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Stop Weimann and scoring is a problem - An expert view on Bristol City ahead of Reading FC's visit; We caught up with Robins reporter Gregor MacGregor for a closer look at Lee Johnson's side.

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Reading's game against Bristol City on Friday is a 'must win' match for the Robins to keep their play-off hopes alive.

That's the verdict from City reporter Gregor MacGregor fromBristol Liveon the clash at Ashton Gate on Easter Friday (12pm kick-off).

It's an important game for the teams at both ends of the table as the season comes to a close.

Reading in 19th are just four points clear of the drop while City sit in the fourth and final play-off spot.

However, Middlesbrough, Derby County and Hull City are all hot on their heels and ready to pounce if the Robins slip up in the run-in.

Here is the full lowdown on City from Gregor.

Any early injury news?

Korey Smith is back in full training and Callum O'Dowda back training too but we don't expect the latter to feature on Friday.

City's first choice goalkeepers Niki Maenpaa and Frank Fielding are out, but Max O'Leary has been excellent in goal of late. Everyone else should be fit.

Is this a must win game for City?

Yes, it is. If City lose then they have three tough away games left, and will likely miss out on the play-offs given the loss of momentum and fixtures left: Sheffield Wednesday, Hull and Millwall away, with Derby County at home.

Bristol City's dangerman?

It must be Andreas Weimann who has scored four goals in his last four games, as well as grabbing an assist, and who also had a goal ruled out for offside at Villa Park on Saturday - which the coaching staff here vehemently insist was onside.

Main strengths of the side?

It's a high energy and high-pressing team when it all goes right and the team maintains a good tempo.

They don't particularly rely on one goal-scorer either, with plenty of scores spread across the side.

And weaknesses?

City have been slow to start games this season and are one of the lowest scorers in the league at home in the first half. Goals at Ashton Gate have been particularly hard to come by.

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How's the season been viewed so far?

Pretty much every City fan will admit that it's been a pretty good season. In with a real shout of a top six place at the time of writing and after a fairly big upheaval last summer that saw four first team regulars sold, and arguably the three best players in the squad.

How realistic is a play-off spot?

City are in the driving seat. By our estimation three wins from the final five games should be enough.

However, if the Robins don't beat Reading we could easily see a drab end to the season and slipping to seventh or eighth. There's a huge home game against Derby County in the final home match at Ashton Gate on April 27.

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Views on Reading and Jose Gomes' job so far?

Been impressed by the Royals and the way they've hauled themselves clear of relegation trouble. But then again, they do have some really good players in their ranks too.

The last match was fairly close between City and Reading and this match could be too.

getreading will have live coverage of the game at Ashton Gate with all of the build-up starting at 9am. Kick-off is at 12pm.

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Date:Apr 18, 2019
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