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Premier League

  • 17 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 24184

Reading - Everton Preview: Royals still seeking first win of the season

Brian McDermott's men are yet to claim all three points in the Premier League so far and will have their work cut out against the Champions League-chasing Toffees


Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey
Leigertwood, Tabb
McCleary, Hunt, McAnuff


Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines

Neville, Osman
Naismith, Fellaini, Pienaar

Reading manager Brian McDermott faces a major injury doubt over pacy Malian winger Jimmy Kebe (groin) for his side's meeting with high-flying Everton at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals boss will also almost certainly be without Danny Guthrie (thigh) and Alex McCarthy (shoulder), while midfielder Jem Karacan (knee) is definitely ruled out.

David Moyes’ has ruled Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) out of the clash after he was forced off in the Toffees’ 2-1 win over Sunderland last time out.

Tony Hibbert (calf), Darron Gibson (thigh) and Victor Anichebe (hamstring) are all touch-and-go ahead of the trip to Berkshire, whilst Steven Naismith (knee) will be assessed before the game.

  • Reading are in the mire towards the bottom of the league, but they do lead one table. The Royals have put in an average of 23.3 crosses a game from open play this season - more than any other side.
  • Reading won the last meeting between these sides, posting a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park in the FA Cup in 2011.
  • The Royals have conceded 25 per cent of their goals after the end of 90 minutes.
  • Everton have made an uncharacteristically good start to the current season, and that may be down to their excellent away form. The Toffees have lost just once away from Merseyside in their past 11 games, with seven draws and three wins.
  • The Goodison Park club have trailed in each of their last six Premier League games, but have bounced back to win or draw in all of those fixtures - a record unmatched in Premier League history.
  • Leighton Baines (pictured right) has been in sparkling form so far this season, with the left-back solid in defence and dynamic in attack. He has created 47 goalscoring chances this season - 10 more than any other player in any of Europe's top five domestic leagues.

Players to watch

G. McCleary

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Nottingham Forest man was renowned for his goalscoring at the City Ground, and his blend of pace and power can provide real problems for defenders. McCleary will be expected to help out in defence with Leighton Baines about, but do not rule out some surging runs of his own down Reading's right flank

K. Mirallas

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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If fit, the Belgian wideman will be key to Everton's counterattacks, as well as contributing to spells of sustained pressure. The former Olympiakos man has settled into life at Goodison Park well and his withdrawal from the recent Merseyside derby resulted in a notable downturn in the Toffees' attacking output.

Editor's Prediction

Reading are desperate for a win to get their season up and running, however, they will not face too many tougher tasks than a visit from Everton this season. The Toffees have been in excellent form this campaign and in Marouane Fellaini they have one of the standout players in the Premier League. Everton are also packed with goal threats such as Kevin Mirallas, Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar, and it is this attacking talent that makes an away win most likely here.

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Reader's Predictions

Reading FC REA
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Everton FC EVE
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0 - 2
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1 - 3
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1 - 2
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