Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(41) 14 Goals 24 (43)
(28) 14 Assists 15 (32)
(6.6) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
28.6 Average Age 29.5
181.5 Average Height (cm) 184.1
(0.8) 0.7 Shots pg 0.8 (1)
(42%) 42% Aerial Duel Success 51% (55%)
(0.4) 0.3 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.3)
(1.6) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Jason Roberts Out 6.4
Alex McCarthy Out 7.16
Player Reason Status Rating
Ricardo Vaz Te Out 6.81
Mohamed Diamé Out 7.02
Andy Carroll Out 7.57
George McCartney Out 6.59
Gary O'Neil Doubtful 6.72
Guy Demel Doubtful 6.7

Team News

  • Sean Morrison is back available for the Royals but after keeping a clean sheet last time out Mariappa and Pearce should keep their places once again.
  • Brian McDermott could name an unchanged side after Danny Guthrie replaced Jay Tabb in midfield, though Le Fondre will hope to start up front.
  • Pogrebnyak may well keep his place if the hosts stick to a lone front man, with Jason Roberts still sidelined.
  • Carlton Cole has had his red card against Everton rescinded, denying Modibo Maiga a rare chance to start in his favoured central striker role.
  • Jack Collison, Alou Diarra and Gary O'Neil compete to start alongside Mark Noble, with the former perhaps favoured following his return from injury.
  • Guy Demel should be back following illness and may replace Tomkins at right-back with O'Brien on the left, as George McCartney is sidelined.
  • Yossi Benayoun has returned to parent club Chelsea after failing to recover from an injury sustained in November.

Prediction

  • Reading were convincing winners in both matches between these two promoted sides from the Championship last season, romping to a 3-0 victory at the Madjeski Stadium last December.
  • The Hammers, however, have acclimatized to the Premier League far better having been able to bring in a few proven players at this level, while Reading have struggled to keep pace.
  • The hosts have, however, still only been beaten 3 times at home this season, to three of the league's big hitters, so they will fancy their chances and perhaps see this as a winnable game to bridge the gap at the bottom.
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  • 1-1. or 0-1. west ham. Kevin Nolan to score!

  • Reading 0-2 West Ham, reading are shite!

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