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Premier League

  • 10 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 24080

Reading - Norwich Preview: Royals seeking first win of the season against in-form Canaries

Brian McDermott's side are four points short of safety having played just nine games but host an opposition full of confidence after three successive victories



Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey
McCleary, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff
Hunt, Roberts
Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido

Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington

Reading lost goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) to injury at the weekend, so Adam Federici is set to take his place. Chris Gunter and Premier League debutant Sean Morrison were preferred last week at right-back and centre-back respectively over Shaun Cummings and Adrian Mariappa and could continue here.

Mikele Leigertwood and Jay Tabb are likely to continue in central midfield due to injuries to Danny Guthrie (thigh) and Jem Karacan (knee), and Garath McCleary could also retain his place on the right wing over Jimmy Kebe opposite Jobi McAnuff on the left.

Noel Hunt and Jason Roberts were chosen as the front pair against QPR, but summer signing Pavel Pogrebnyak is in contention for a starting place at home.

Norwich are set to field an unchanged defence with right-back Russell Martin (back) still unavailable, and Michael Turner and Javier Garrido having recovered from knocks suffered last weekend.

Chris Hughton opted last week for Robert Snodgrass ahead of Elliott Bennett on the right of midfield, opposite Anthony Pilkington on the left.

  • Reading are without a win in nine Premier League games this season, and have not won any of their last seven top-flight home games.
  • Norwich have only won one of their last 11 away league games, losing seven, and have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 38 away games in the Premier League - the longest ever such run on the road in the competition.
  • On each of the last three occasions the Canaries have kept a clean sheet on the road in the Premier League, they have drawn the game 0-0. The Norfolk side have not won away from home in the top-flight and kept a clean sheet since a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in December 1994.
  • The Royals have won two and lost none of the last three home games against the Canaries, scoring at least two goals in each match.
  • Norwich’s three-goal top scorer Grant Holt (pictured right) scored in both games against Reading in the 2010-11 Championship season, but was sent off in the match at the Madejski Stadium.
  • Brian McDermott’s side have scored the opening goal in five of their last six matches in all competitions, but went on to draw four and lose the other of these five games.
  • The Royals have the lowest passing accuracy in the top-flight this season, with just 68% of their passes finding a team-mate so far.
  • Chris Hughton’s side have the worst shot conversion rate in the Premier League this term (8%), but have scored a higher percentage of headed goals than any other team in the top-flight (38%).

Players to watch

J. McAnuff

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The attacker has started every game so far this season while his fellow wingers are rotated and substituted, and he has underlined his importance by assisting five of his side’s twelve goals so far in the League.

He celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday, and will play a crucial role in supplying his team's front men with crosses from the left wing as well as providing creativity in midfield.

W. Hoolahan

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The diminutive playmaker was praised by Chris Hughton after he instigated a change in formation to claim a place behind lone striker Grant Holt.

After a four-year absence, the 30-year-old was recalled to the Republic of Ireland squad by manager Giovanni Trapattoni last week, and he will hope to impress on Saturday and stake his claim for a place in next week’s friendly against Greece.

Editor's Prediction

The newly-promoted Royals have an excellent opportunity to collect their first league win of the season against another team relatively new to the Premier League, and their attacking displays have improved as the season has progressed.

The Canaries, however, will be hard to beat having won three of their last four matches, and could hold Brian McDermott’s side to a draw to continue their recent run of form.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Reading FC REA
Reading FC Reading
Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City

Top 3 Predictions

Reading FC REA
1 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR
Reading FC REA
0 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR
Reading FC REA
2 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR