Royals take on the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.
Adam Le Fondre broke new ground for a Barclays Player of the Month award winner when he scooped the accolade for January without starting a Premier League game, emerging from the bench for a total of 85 minutes during which time he scored five goals. Reading’s ‘impact sub’ could be called upon again on Saturday as goals are bound to be at a premium against a Stoke side who have not won in the league since Boxing Day and who have failed to find the net 10 times this season, scoring a meagre 24 in total.
Venue Britannia Stadium
Last season N/A
Referee Michael Oliver
This season’s matches 16 Y42, R1, 2.69 cards per game
Subs from Sorensen, Cameron, Adam, Kightly, Shea, Wilson, Edu, Ness, Palacios, Owen, Jerome, Jones
Form guide LDLLLD
Disciplinary record Y51 R3
Leading scorer Walters, Crouch 5
Subs from Taylor, Shorey, Gunter, Carriço, Morrison, Karacan, Guthrie, Blackman, Le Fondre, Hunt, Tabb, Robson-Kanu
Injured McCarthy (shoulder, Mar), Roberts (hip, unknown)
Form guide WDWWLW
Disciplinary record Y31 R0
Leading scorer Le Fondre 10
Reading are unbeaten in their last six league games against Stoke.
However, the Potters did beat the Royals on penalties in the League Cup in September 2008 following a 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters are winless in six games, losing four of those matches.
The victory against Liverpool on Boxing Day is their only win in their last 10 top-flight games.
They have conceded 17 goals in their last seven league games, compared to just four in the previous 10 matches.
Stoke have registered fewer shots on target (75) than any other Premier League side.
Tony Pulis’s side have scored 25% of their goals in the opening 15 minutes, the highest figure in the top flight.
The Royals have scored a division-high 41% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games.
Reading have won four of their last six league matches and have only lost one of seven since Christmas (W4, D2, L1).
They’d previously suffered seven successive defeats.
The Royals have claimed five points away from home this season – fewer than any other top-flight side.
Each of Reading’s last five Premier League games have seen at least three goals scored.
Adam Le Fondre 15/2 to be the last goalscorer: Stoke City vs Reading Betting