Royals host Toffees at the Madjeski. This preview is courtesy of fanatix.
David Moyes’ highly-flying Everton side travel to the Madjeski Stadium in fourth place, knowing that with Arsenal and Spurs meeting at lunch-time, this Saturday represents a serious opportunity to put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.
Reading love to concede goals but have also looked more than capable of scoring them in the Premier League, meaning this could be at entertaining clash.
Venue Madejski Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Tickets Sold out
Last season n/a
Referee Martin Atkinson
This season’s matches 9 Y35, R1, 4.00 cards per game
Odds Reading 3-1 Everton 5-6 Draw 11-4
fanatix predicted line-up:
Subs from S Taylor, Pearce, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Kébé, Harte, Robson-Kanu, Cummings, Gunnarsson
Doubtful Kébé (hamstring)
Injured Guthrie (thigh, 1 Dec), McCarthy (shoulder, 1 Dec), Karacan (knee, 22 Dec)
Form guide DDDLDD
Disciplinary record Y11 R0
Subs from Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Hibbert, Vellios, Anichebe, Duffy, Garbutt, McAleny
Doubtful Anichebe (hamstring), Hibbert (calf), Naismith (knock)
Injured Gibson (thigh, 24 Nov), Mirallas (hamstring, 1 Dec)
Form guide WDDDDW
Disciplinary record Y21 R1
Leading scorer Fellaini 6
Leading scorers Hunt, Pogrebnyak, Robson-Kanu 2
Reading’s only league win over Everton in six meetings came in their most recent encounter at the Madejski Stadium in August 2007, Steven Hunt scoring the only goal.
The Royals surprisingly knocked Everton out of the FA Cup during the 2010-11 season at Goodison Park courtesy of a Matt Mills goal – the only previous meeting between sides with Brian McDermott and David Moyes as the respective managers.
Brian McDermott’s side kept their first clean sheet of the season with last weekend’s goalless draw with Norwich.
A third of Reading’s 12 goals have been scored in the last five minutes of their league matches.
Reading have drawn their last three league games; it’s their longest run in the division without defeat since going five matches unbeaten in December 2007.
The winless Royals have drawn in all four Premier League matches in which they have opened the scoring.
The Toffees have lost only one of their last 20 league matches.
Everton are one point shy of totalling 600 Premier League points under the management of David Moyes.
Victory would see the Toffees equal their 2004-05 Premier League best of 23 points from 12 games – they went on to finish fourth that season.
Everton set a Premier League record last weekend by picking up points for the sixth consecutive league match after conceding the opening goal (W2, D4).
fanatix prediction: 2-1 Everton. The Toffees will concede first but win, as usual.
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