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Reading Vs West Ham Preview: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, Match Facts, Highlights and More

Bottom of the table Royals take on the Hammers.

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West Ham United

Carlton Cole is available after his red card against Everton last weekend was rescinded. Manager Sam Allardyce would have been facing a shortage of attacking options if Cole had been banned with Andy Carroll (knee) still missing and Ricardo Vaz Te only just back in training after recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Yossi Benayoun has had his loan spell at Upton Park cut short through injury and has returned to parent club Chelsea whilst Mohamed Diame (hamstring) remains sidelined.

West Ham (from): Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, O’Brien, Reid, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Spence, Demel, Moncur, Taylor, Noble, Collison, Diarra, Lletget, Nolan, Jarvis, O’Neil, Vaz Te, Maiga, Cole.

Match officials

Referee: Michael Oliver; Assistants: S Bennett, M Scholes. Fourth official: P Tierney.

LINE-UPS

READING

Federici
Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte
Karacan, Leigertwood
Kebe, Guthrie, McAnuff
Pogrebnyak

WEST HAM UNITED

Jaaskelainen
Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O’Brien
O’Neil, Noble
Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis
Cole

STAT-ATTACK

Head-to-head

Reading did the double over West Ham in last season’s Championship – there were nine goals over the two games, with
Reading winning 4-2 at Upton Park, having won 3-0 at home, a match which West Ham finished with nine men after Joey O’Brien and Jack Collison were sent off.

Reading’s 6-0 win in this fixture on New Year’s Day 2007 remains their biggest Premier League victory.

Reading

Their 0-0 draw with Swansea on Boxing Day ended a run of seven straight defeats and was their first clean sheet since 10 November.

Reading have won just one of their nine home games this season, a 2-1 victory over Everton in November. That has been their only league win so far in 2012-13.

The Royals have failed to score in four of their last five league matches.

Only one team has ever avoided defeat from the Premier League after accruing 10 points or fewer after 19 matches – West Brom, who stayed up by a point in 2004-05.

West Ham

West Ham have won one of their last seven Premier League games (W1, D2, L4).

The Hammers have won just one of their last five away league matches. They have scored a mere five goals on the road this season, fewer than any other top-flight team.

Only four clubs (Stoke, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal) have conceded fewer goals than West Ham (22) in this season’s Premier League.

SOURCE: BBC Sport


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