Championship leaders Newcastle United face a third successive promotion-hopeful in Reading on Tuesday night as they make the trip to the Madejski Stadium (8pm kick-off).

Rafa Benitez’s men last Tuesday beat Brighton 2-1 at the AMEX Stadium to go to the top of the division, and they backed that up with an equally-impressive 3-1 success at in-form Huddersfield on Saturday.

It means that the Magpies go into tomorrow’s clash in Berkshire 11 points clear of the Terriers in third, and with Chris Hughton’s Brighton losing at Nottingham Forest, they now have a five-point lead over the Seagulls in second.

However, it won’t be easy against a Reading side that picked up their 19th win of the campaign on Saturday courtesy of a 2-1 success over struggling Wolves.

Jaap Stam’s men are fifth in the Championship and have only lost twice at home in the league all season, with Aston Villa and QPR the only sides to have taken maximum points off the Royals on their own turf.

Nonetheless, Newcastle will be confident of a third straight win on Tuesday night, although their recent excursions could see Benitez shuffle his pack against the Royals.

Thus, here are THREE players who deserve a chance against Reading on Tuesday…

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