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January 12, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Madejski Stadium — Reading, Berkshire
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 23495‎
 
82′ Jimmy Kebe
88′ (PG) Adam Le Fondre
 

Premier League Preview: Reading - West Brom

Brian McDermott's side has looked a lot more solid since losing 5-2 against Arsenal in mid-December and will be hoping to build on four points from its last two home games.

By Al Hain-Cole

Pavel Pogrebnyak
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

READING
Reading
Federici
Gunter, Mariappa, Pearce, Harte
Kebe, Karacan, Leigertwood, McCleary
McAnuff
 Pogrebnyak
WEST BROM
  West Bromwich Albion
Foster
Jones, McAuley, Tamas, Ridgewell
Mulumbu, Brunt
Fortune, Morrison, Odemwingie
Long

Mikele Leigertwood faces a late fitness test after sitting out Saturday's FA Cup win at Crawley with a knock. Jay Tabb will keep his place in the side should he fail to make the grade.

Adam Le Fondre scored twice in West Sussex, but he may drop to the bench as Brian McDermott reverts to the 4-5-1 system that has served his side well recently in the Premier League.

Hal Robson-Kanu is also a doubt, while Jason Roberts (hip) and Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are long-term absentees.

Zoltan Gera will miss the rest of the season for West Brom after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligaments against QPR in the FA Cup. Jonas Olsson (groin), Steven Reid (calf) and Goran Popov (hamstring) remain sidelined in defense, so Billy Jones, Gabriel Tamas and Steven Ridgewell will continue at the back.

Shane Long may get the chance to face his former club in the place of Romelu Lukaku up front after getting on the scoresheet at Loftus Road.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Reading has won one and lost eight of its last 10 Premier League matches, but only Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal have been victorious at the Madejski Stadium this season.
  • Meanwhile, West Brom has lost five and won just two of its last eight in the league.
  • The Royals have conceded 12 goals in the closing quarter of an hour this season - more than any other Premier League side.
  • Brian McDermott's men have also dropped the most points from winning positions in the top flight, letting 20 slip through  their grasp.
  • The Baggies' 33 points from 21 games is 11 more than they have ever previously recorded at this point in a Premier League season.
  • The last time that the visitors managed to keep a clean sheet away from home was 13 games ago, when manager Steve Clarke was assistant to Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish in the opposition dugout.
  • If selected, Shane Long (pictured, right) will make his first appearance at the Madejski Stadium since leaving Reading in a club record 6.5 million pound move 18 months ago.


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1Adam FedericiGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
26Alex PearceDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
23 Ian HarteDefender
3Daniel CarricoDefender
20Jem KaracanMidfielder
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
14Jimmy KebeMidfielder
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
15Sean MorrisonDefender
24Shaun CummingsDefender
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39Hope AkpanMidfielder
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10Noel HuntStriker
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3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
28Billy JonesMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
29George ThorneMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
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