Baggies travel to the Madejeski Stadium.
West Bromwich Albion have lost their last two games yet remain one win away from a European qualification place, so it is unlikely they will come into this match feeling too low. Steve Clarke’s men should certainly believe they can prevail over hosts who remain five points adrift of safety and appear incapable of stringing two wins together. Reading’s supporters will be hoping new signings Daniel Carriço and Hope Akpan can improve their fortunes, and that the club’s former striker, Shane Long, does not score for the visitors.
Venue Madejski Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season n/a
Referee Kevin Friend
This season’s matches 11 Y42, R1, 3.91 cards per game
Odds Reading 15-8 West Bromwich 7-5 Draw 9-4
Subs from Taylor, Karacan, Pearce, Hunt, McCleary, Morrison, Tabb, Gorkss, Kelly, Robson-Kanu, Akpan, Harte, Cummings
Doubtful Leigertwood (knock), Robson-Kanu (knock)
Injured Roberts (hip, 19 Jan), McCarthy (shoulder, May)
Form guide LWDLLL
Disciplinary record Y25 R0
Leading scorer Le Fondre 5
Subs from Myhill, Reid, Popov, Thomas, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Thorne, Dawson, Odemwingie, Hurst, Tamas, Fortuné
Doubtful Fortuné (hamstring), Olsson (groin), Popov (hamstring), Reid (ankle), Yacob (hamstring)
Injured Gera (knee, Oct)
Unavailable Mulumbu (international duty)
Form guide LLWWDL
Disciplinary record Y33 R1
Leading scorer Lukaku 7
This will be only the second top-flight meeting between the two clubs – West Brom won the first one 1-0 at The Hawthorns in September.
The Baggies have not won in their last nine visits in all competitions to the Madejski Stadium since a 2-0 second-tier victory in January 1995.
Albion are unbeaten in their last three league games against Reading (W2, D1).
The Royals have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games (W1, D1, L8).
Both of their Premier League victories this season have been at the Madejski Stadium.
Only Aston Villa (41) have conceded more goals in the Premier League this season than Reading (40).
Reading’s total of 13 points from 21 Premier League games is nine fewer than they had at the same stage of their last season in the top flight in 2007-08, which ended in relegation.
Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored in the first five minutes of each of Reading’s previous two Premier League games.
The Baggies have won just two of their last eight Premier League games since a four-match winning streak in November.
West Brom are without a clean sheet in their last four league matches.
Of the teams in the top half of the table only Stoke (21) have scored fewer Premier League goals than West Brom (29).
Steve Clarke’s side have won just two of the seven Premier League matches that Zoltan Gera has not started this season.
Romelu Lukaku has scored four of Albion’s last eight Premier League goals.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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