Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(41) 25 Goals 31 (47)
(28) 14 Assists 21 (31)
(6.6) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.7)
29.5 Average Age 27.6
182.5 Average Height (cm) 179.5
(0.8) 0.8 Shots pg 1.1 (1)
(42%) 40% Aerial Duel Success 44% (42%)
(0.4) 0.3 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.4)
(1.4) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Alex McCarthy Out 7.15
Sean Morrison Out 7.03
Jason Roberts Out 6.4
Player Reason Status Rating
Neil Taylor Out 6.64
Pablo Hernández Doubtful 6.84
Angel Rangel Doubtful 7.18

Team News

  • After a monumental defensive effort at the Etihad eventually went unrewarded Brian McDermott shouldn't make too many changes to the side that were so close to earning a point at the weekend.
  • Ian Harte should keep his place at left-back ahead of Nicky Shorey.
  • Alex Pearce and Pavel Pogrebnyak should keep their places as Morrison and Roberts remain sidelined, while Le Fondre could return to partner the Russian.
  • Spaniards Rangel and Hernandez both remain doubtful, though Taylor is the only certain absentee.
  • Agustien was handed a rare start at the weekend and will vie for a place in the side once again with Ki Sung-Yeung and Leon Britton.
  • Michu may keep his place as the central striker, with either De Guzman or Routledge likely to play the free role if the league's top scorer is fielded up front.

Prediction

  • Reading earned a draw at the Liberty earlier in the season and know that they can compete with a free-flowing Swansea side so will be even more confident at home.
  • Both sides have reason to be in high spirits after impressive displays against the two Manchester clubs at the weekend, though McDermott's side may have had the wind taken out of them by City's injury time winner.
  • Despite a run of 7 consecutive defeats the Royals have only lost to Tottenham, United and Arsenal at home this season, so this is likely to be a close game.
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