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  • 27 October 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 24093
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Reading - Fulham Preview: McDermott looks to kick-start the season on home soil

The Royals are still looking to register their first win of the campaign but face stern competition for the spoils from Martin Jol's side, who sit two points off the top four

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

READING

McCarthy
Cummings, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey
Kebe, Guthrie, Leigertwood, McAnuff
Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Ruiz, Sidwell, Richardson
Berbatov, Rodallega


With Brian McDermott in desperate need of the three points, this game could see the home side adopt a system with two strikers rather than the 4-5-1 tactic they employed against Liverpool last week.

Adam Le Fondre might well be the man chosen to partner Pavel Pogrebnyak up front, with Jem Karacan sidelined due to a serious knee injury he picked up against Liverpool.

Noel Hunt picked up a knock ahead of the Royals' clash with Liverpool and will be assessed again ahead of this one.

Martin Jol has almost a full complement of players to choose from and the big changes are expected in the middle of the park where midfield duo Damien Duff and Bryan Ruiz are set to be welcomed back from injury.

Simon Davies (hip) is the Cottagers' only major concern, and will definitely not feature at the Madejski Stadium.

After a clean sheet last time out against Aston Villa, Fulham are set to remain unchanged at the back but striker Mladen Petric could be sacrificed for an extra man in midfield away from home.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Danny Murphy's 76th minute equaliser against Portsmouth on the last day of the 2007-08 campaign not only ensured Fulham's survival but also effectively relegated Reading from the Premier League that year
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak (pictured right) scored six goals in 12 appearances for the Cottagers last season and had the option to remain at Craven Cottage this year but eventually opted for a move to the Madjeski stadium
  • Pogrebnyak has an impressive strike rate in the Premier League, scoring a total of eight goals from just 11 shots on target
  • Fulham have conceded six goals from set-pieces this season, that's more than any other team in the league
  • These sides have been almost impossible to separate in the past, each winning two of the last four encounters with the number of yellow cards received each (five) also distributed evenly.
  • There has never been a penalty scored whenever these two teams have met in the Premier League.

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Available Squads
21Alex McCarthyGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
17Kaspars GorkssDefender
24Shaun CummingsDefender
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
14Jimmy KebeMidfielder
16Jay TabbMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
30Jason RobertsStriker
1Adam FedericiGoalkeeper
2Chris GunterDefender
26Alex PearceDefender
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
19Hal Robson-KanuMidfielder
9Adam Le FondreStriker
10Noel HuntStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
19Mahamadou DiarraMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
13David StockdaleGoalkeeper
14Philippe SenderosDefender
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
10Mladen PetricStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
Players to Watch
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Russian striker has four goals to his name already this season and could well come back to haunt his old club. Despite being a former fans favourite at Craven Cottage there's unlikely to be any love loss on Saturday as the 28-year-old will be doing his utmost give Brede Hangeland a tough time at the back for Fulham.
John Arne Riise
John Arne Riise
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Following an impressive display against Villa last week, the Norwegian full-back will once again be looking to get forward at every possible opportunity. With Jimmy Kebe likely to be pushing forward for the home side, Riise has more than enough energy to see to his defensive duties whilst also providing a vital outlet for his team on the counter attack.
Prediction
The attacking options available to Martin Jol mean his side are unlikely to be outscored by a team languishing at the bottom of the table, despite their notoriously poor away form. Reading's desperation to haul themselves out of the drop zone, however, should see them pick up at least a point.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 2

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