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STATS: Collins’ clearances for West Ham vs Mariappa’s blocks for Reading

West Ham v Reading 16:00   – West Ham may have been forgiven for thinking they were extras to the David Moyes show in their last outing, as the Hammers lost 2-0 to Everton in Moyes’ last home game in charge of the Toffees. However, Kevin Nolan twice went close to raining on the soon […]

STATS: Sidwell’s challenges for Fulham vs Mariappa’s defensive contributions for Reading

Fulham v Reading, 15:00    – Fulham left Merseyside with nothing last weekend following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park.    – Hugo Rodallega continues to compile some impressive figures this season, despite spending the large majority of it in the shadow of the in-form Dimitar Berbatov. The Colombian front […]

STATS: Leigertwood’s tackles for Reading vs Taarabt’s dribbles for QPR

Reading v QPR, 13:30   – Despite a second-half goal from Gareth McCleary, Reading were left clinging to their hopes for Premiership football next season after a 2-1 defeat away to Norwich.   – Adam Le Fondre’s ability to score goals at vital times could be the key to Reading’s hopes of remaining in the […]

STATS: Turner’s defensive contributions for Norwich vs McCarthy’s saves for Reading

Norwich v Reading, 15:00   – Norwich came within five minutes of beating Arsenal at the Emirates in their last league outing just to find themselves undone by a late salvo from the Gunner and leave on the end of a 3-1 defeat.   – Michael Turner’s 56th minute goal had given the travelling Canaries […]

STATS: McAnuff’s crosses for Reading vs Lucas’ passing/tackling for Liverpool

Reading v Liverpool, 15:00   – Reading’s hopes of avoiding the drop as they fell to a 0-2 defeat at home to new manager Nigel Adkins’ old side Southampton.   – Captain Jobi McAnuff may well be the man Nigel Adkins’ side turns to help them get something out an uphill task this weekend. McAnuff […]

STATS: Gervinho’s goal rate for Arsenal vs Shorey’s crossing for Reading

Arsenal v Reading 15:00   – Arsenal return from the international break having last played in the Premier League against Swansea, coming away with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho   – Gervinho may have had a hard time from sections of the Arsenal fans this season, but he has […]

STATS: Hernandez’s goals per minute for Manchester United vs McAnuff’s assists for Reading

Man Utd v Reading, Saturday 17:30   – United were leading 2-0 against Chelsea last weekend but ending up conceding twice to draw 2-2 with Chelsea. Chicarito Hernandez and Wayne Rooney were on target in that game.   – Hernandez continues to top the minutes per goal rating in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index having […]

In-depth player stats: Everton vs Reading

Everton v Reading, Saturday 15:00   – Two late goals stunning Everton as they lost 2-1 to Norwich at Carrow Road last weekend. Leon Osman’s first-half header formed part of a largely dominant performance by David Moyes’ side, but their superiority in possession counted for little as they left East Anglia with nothing.   – Reading […]

STATS: Stoke vs Reading – Fastest players, hardest workers, most shots

Stoke v Reading 15:00   – Stoke came within 12 minutes of holding Arsenal in their last Premier League game, before losing out to a deflected Lukas Podolski free kick.   – Up until then Asmir Begovic had been in inspired form to keep the Gunners out. He’s made 130 saves this season, the 5th […]

In-depth player stats: Newcastle vs Reading

Newcastle v Reading, Saturday 15:00   – Newcastle need to get used to life after Demba Ba, having scored just once in their two Premier League games since he left for Chelsea. Papiss Cisse scored that goal against Everton on January 2nd, before they played out a 0-0 draw with Norwich last weekend.   – Cisse’s […]

STATS: Reading vs West Brom

Reading v West Brom, Saturday 15:00   – Reading’s troubled season continued with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham on new year’s day their last Premier League outing, with Pavel Pogrebnyak scoring their only goal. However, they were able to reverse that scoreline in the FA Cup, knocking out previous giant killers Crawley with […]

In-depth player stats: Reading vs West Ham

Reading v West Ham             15:00   Reading remain bottom of the Premier League after the Christmas period has so far given them a 0-0 draw with Swansea and 1-0 loss to Man City.   Mikele Leigertwood has covered more ground than any other player for Reading this season, and has also attempted the third highest […]

Silva’s hard work for Manchester City vs Cummings’ tackling for Reading

Man City v Reading, Saturday 15:00   – Man City rebounded in some style from their disappointing loss to bitter rivals Man Utd last week with a fine 1-3 win away to Newcastle. Samir Nasri in particular shone before being injured following an under-par showing against the Red Devils, whilst Yaya Toure produced a performance […]

Gorkss’ defensive contribution for Reading vs Podolski’s shots on target for Arsenal

Reading v Arsenal  20:00              Reading have been playing catch up for much of the season after having their game against Sunderland delayed because of a water logged pitch. That game finally took place on Tuesday night, and while the result didn’t go in Reading’s favour now they have played the same amount of games […]

The beginnings of a Sunderland revival or papering over the cracks?

Malcolm Dawson writes … It was cold last night at the Stadium of Light, when Reading came into town. It began like a dream, when our own James McClean put the visiting side one nil down. After such a great start, the defence played their part and Mignolet seldom looked troubled. Before very long, with […]

STATS: Southampton vs Reading

Southampton v Reading – 15:00   – Southampton fell to another defeat against Liverpool on Saturday, as a Daniel Agger goal left them locked in the league’s bottom three. There was some positives for Nigel Adkins’ side to take away though, not least Rickie Lambert’s continuing emergence as a striker of Premier League quality.   […]

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