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Premier League

  • 2 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 35244

Everton - Reading Preview: Moyes' side continue hunt for Europe

The Toffees have won just one of their last six games and will be hoping to take three points against Brian McDermott’s men who are keen to recover from back-to-back defeats



Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Osman, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar


Kelly, Mariappa, Morrison, Harte
Leigertwood, Akpan
Kebe, Karacan, McAnuff
Le Fondre

Everton boss David Moyes is set to welcome Marouane Fellaini back after resting the Belgium international in his side's 3-1 win over Oldham in their FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday.

Kevin Mirallas is set to keep his place after impressing against Oldham but Tony Hibbert remains sidelined with a calf injury.

As for the visitors, Brian McDermott will be forced to make at least one change from the line-up that lost 3-0 to Wigan in their previous match - with Pavel Pogrebnyak starting his three-game ban after being red carded.

Danny Guthrie (calf), Alex McCarthy (shoulder) and Jason Roberts (knee) all remain on the sidelines.

  • Everton have only won one of their last six matches in the Premier League - a 2-1 victory at home to West Brom. They have lost two and drawn the other three games.

  • Everton are undefeated in 16 of their last 17 home matches in the Premier League.

  • The meeting earlier in the season between the two sides finished in a 2-1 win for Reading. Steven Naismith gave the Toffees an early lead before Adam Le Fondre struck twice to grab his side all three points.

  • Reading have the joint-second worst defensive record in the league along with Wigan - both sides have conceded 51 goals. Only Aston Villa (52) have let in more.

  • Reading are the only side in the Premier League to concede a goal in each of their away games this season. They are 8/1 to draw 1-1 with Everton with bet365.

  • The Royaks have been drawing at half-time and have gone on to lose at full time in five of their last seven away matches in the Premier League.

Players to watch

K. Mirallas

Position: Attacker

Games: 13

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The 25-year-old started off well after joining Everton last summer but has struggled with injuries in recent weeks. He netted in the club’s 3-1 win over Oldham in midweek and will be looking to build on his impressive display. With Jelavic struggling for goals, Everton are likely to need other players to find the back of the net and if the Belgium international can get himself into the right areas then his finishing ability should shine through.

A. Le Fondre

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The 26-year-old is Reading's top scorer with 10 goals in the Premier League. He has come off the bench to score at vital times this term but in the absence of Pogrebnyak, he will be hoping to impress from the start. His instinctive style of finishing make him a danger to an Everton defence which is struggling for clean sheets.

Editor's Prediction

Both sides need a win for different reasons - with the hosts pushing for a top-four spot and the visitors battling against relegation. There could be plenty of goals with both sets of teams carrying plenty of attacking options - and Everton could edge this as they have a variety of players who are capable of finding the net.

Last Five Matches

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Reading FC REA
Reading FC Reading

Top 3 Predictions

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