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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
READING

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

EVERTON


Howard
Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines

Neville, Osman
Naismith, Fellaini, Pienaar
Jelavic


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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
1Adam FedericiGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
17Kaspars GorkssDefender
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
16Jay TabbMidfielder
19Hal Robson-KanuMidfielder
9Adam Le FondreStriker
30Jason RobertsStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
3Adrian MariappaDefender
23 Ian HarteDefender
24Shaun CummingsDefender
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
10Noel HuntStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
14Steven NaismithStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
15Sylvain DistinDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
-Francisco JuniorMidfielder
-Matthew KennedyMidfielder
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
Players to Watch
Garath McCleary
Garath McCleary
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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
Kevin Mirallas
Kevin Mirallas
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
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.
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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