Bradford vs Reading team news: Jon Stead starts as hosts make seven changes

FA Cup quarter-final kicks off at 12.45pm

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The Bradford manager Phil Parkinson has made seven changes to the side that beat Crawley Town 1-0 in midweek as his side aim to continue their extraordinary FA Cup run in the quarter-final against Reading.

Ex-Chelsea winger Felipe Morais returns to start after missing four games with a knee injury, while strikers Billy Clarke and Jon Stead lead the line for the Bantams.

Steve Clarke, by contrast, has made just two changes from the Reading side that drew 1-1 with Bolton last week, as Danny Williams comes in for Garath McCleary and Chris Gunter is replaced by Stephen Kelly.

Clarke had hoped that Simon Cox would recover from an ankle injury in time for today's clash, but the Irish striker starts on the bench alongside Yakubu, with Pavel Pogrebnyak the visitors' main striker.

Bradford: Williams, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Liddle, Morais, Knott, Clarke, Hanson, Stead.

Reading: Federici, Kelly, Obita, Pearce, Hector, Chalobah, Norwood, Williams, Robson-Kanu, Mackie, Pogrebnyak