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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(41) 25 Goals 28 (50)
(28) 15 Assists 24 (36)
(6.6) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
32.4 Average Age 33.5
181.1 Average Height (cm) 184
(0.8) 0.8 Shots pg 1 (0.9)
(42%) 41% Aerial Duel Success 52% (51%)
(0.3) 0.3 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.6)
(1.3) 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
Alex McCarthy Out 7.15
Mikele Leigertwood Doubtful 6.83
Jason Roberts Doubtful 6.4
Player Reason Status Rating
Zoltán Gera Out 7
Marc-Antoine Fortuné Doubtful 6.39
Claudio Yacob Doubtful 6.88
Steven Reid Doubtful 6.73
Jonas Olsson Doubtful 6.59
Goran Popov Doubtful 6.55

Team News

  • Adam Le Fondre could be rewarded with a start up front alongside Pogrebnyak after netting a brace against Crawley in the cup.
  • Leigertwood missed the game at weekend with a knock but could return, with Karacan, Tabb and Guthrie also vying for a centre midfield berth.
  • At the back McDermott must choose between Mariappa and Morrison in the centre and Gunter and Cummings on the right.
  • West Brom were dealt a blow with the news that Zoltan Gera will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
  • Reid, Olsson and Popov remain doubts at the back, so the defence should remain unchanged.
  • Long may get the nod over Lukaku after netting in the FA Cup tie with QPR when both got a rare chance to start together.


  • West Brom haven't won away at Reading in their last 9 attempts in league and cup competitions, last beating the Royals away from home in 1995.
  • They did, however, come out on top in the only Premier League encounter between the sides earlier in the season, with a Lukaku goal enough the secure a narrow 1-0 win for the Baggies.
  • The visitors will be favourites but Reading's home form has kept them in with a chance of survival this season, losing just three times at the Madjeski, so this is likely to be a close match.
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