The Royals take on the Toffees at Goodison Park.
Last week’s late defeat at Norwich appears to have caused serious damage to Everton’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League and so David Moyes’s team have no other option but to beat Reading if they are to maintain any realistic hopes of achieving a top-four place. It helps that Marouane Fellaini should be back from a knee injury and that the visitors, who are seeking to climb out of the relegation zone, are without the suspended Pavel Pogrebnyak. That could, however, lead to a start for top scorer Adam le Fondre.
Venue Goodison Park
Last season n/a
Referee Anthony Taylor
This season’s matches 18 Y41, R6, 2.61 cards per game
Subs from Mucha, Springthorpe, Duffy, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Neville, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios, Anichebe
Doubtful Anichebe (ankle), Fellaini (knee), Howard (knock)
Injured Hibbert (calf, 16 Mar)
Form guide LLDWDD
Disciplinary record Y38 R2
Leading scorer Fellaini 10
Subs from Andersen, Taylor, Gunter, Shorey, Pearce, Hunt, McCleary, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Cummings, Blackman
Doubtful Guthrie (calf)
Injured McCarthy (shoulder, Apr), Roberts(hip, unknown)
Suspended Pogrebnyak (first of three)
Form guide LLWDWW
Disciplinary record Y32 R1
Leading scorer Le Fondre 10
Everton’s only defeat at Goodison Park in five previous meetings with Reading was in the FA Cup two seasons ago.
Adam Le Fondre scored both of the Royals goals as they beat Everton 2-1 in the reverse fixture in November. He featured from the start that day, playing 81 minutes. It was Reading’s first win of the season.
Reading have won three of their last four matches against Everton in all competitions, including the last two.
Everton are in danger of losing three successive league matches for the first time since September-October 2011.
David Moyes’s side have lost only one of their previous 17 home league games, taking 36 points from a possible 51 in
the process (W10, D6, L1).
The Toffees have conceded 13 Premier League headed goals this season, the equal-most in the division with Wigan.
Everton lost for the third time after taking the lead last weekend. They have dropped 19 points from winning positions this season – only opponents Reading (20) and Southampton (27) have fared worse.
The Royals are on a two-game losing streak, and only Wigan (15) have lost more league games than Brian McDermott’s side (14) this season.
With just five points from a possible 39, the Royals have the worst top-flight away record.
Reading have allowed the opposition more shots on target than any other top-flight side this campaign (158).
The last 12 of Reading’s Premier League goals have come either in the opening 10 minutes (three) or the last 20 minutes of matches (nine).
Reading to win at 15/2: Everton vs Reading Betting