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  • 2 March 2013
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

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

READING


Federici
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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
11Kevin MirallasStriker
42Mason SpringthorpeGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
14Steven NaismithStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
26Alex PearceDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
23 Ian HarteDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
14Jimmy KebeMidfielder
39Hope AkpanMidfielder
9Adam Le FondreStriker
10Noel HuntStriker
42Jonathan HenlyGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
20Jem KaracanMidfielder
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
19Hal Robson-KanuMidfielder
22Nick BlackmanStriker
Players to Watch
Kevin Mirallas
Kevin Mirallas
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
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.
Adam Le Fondre
Adam Le Fondre
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
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