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Premier League

  • 29 September 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 24097

Reading - Newcastle Preview: Pardew looks to celebrate new eight-year deal with victory

The Magpies will travel to the Madejski high on confidence despite their midweek League Cup exit, although the home side are gunning for their first league win of the season



Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte
Leigertwood, McAnuff, Guthrie
Kebe, Pogrebnyak, Robson-Kanu
Anita, Coloccini, S Taylor, Santon
Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
Cisse, Ba

Reading manager Brian McDermott has a few selection issues having rotated his team for the League Cup victory over QPR in his week from the team that are currently winless in the League

Alex McCarthy looks set to continue in goal while Jimmy Kebe could be set for his first Premier League start of the season having recovered from injury. Hal Robson-Kanu could come into the front three after some impressive cameos off the bench.

Newcastle look set to revert to more or less the side that beat Norwich last weekend 1-0 after making a raft of changes for their midweek defeat to Manchester United in the League Cup.

Fabricio Coloccini and Cheikh Tiote made returns from injury at Old Trafford and both should keep their places in the side at the Madejeski Stadium.

Elsewhere, Tim Krul could return from the arm injury that has sidelined him since the last international break while Danny Simpson may also be fit to be part of the travelling Magpies squad.

  • Reading remain in search of their first Premier League victory this season having played a game less than the rest of the league after their match at Sunderland was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
  • The hosts have only won two of their last 14 Premier League fixtures, both back in 2008 at home to Birmingham and Derby, their other relegated compatriots that season.
  • Danny Guthrie could line up against his former club where he made 103 appearances and scored 10 goals between 2008-2012.
  • Left-back Ian Harte is in search of his first Premier League goal since April 2004 when he struck for Leeds in a home defeat against Portsmouth.
  • The last time these two sides met in the Premier League was in 2008 when Kevin Keegan's Newcastle triumphed 3-0 thanks to goals from Obafemi Martins, Michael Owen and Mark Viduka.
  • Papiss Cisse (pictured right) scored against Manchester United in midweek, his first goal for the club since his double against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 2 May 2012.
  • Alan Pardew formerly played and managed Reading between 1999 and 2003, where he achieved promotion into the old Division One before leaving the Madejski Stadium to take charge at West Ham.
  • Newcastle are looking for their first away win in all competitions this season, having lost at Chelsea and Manchester United while gaining draws at Everton and Portuguese side Maritimo in the Europa League.
  • Newcastle had the second-worst disciplinary record in the Premier League last season while Reading's record was the second-best in the Championship.

Players to watch

J. Kébé

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Reading wideman looks finally set to make his first Premier League start of the season after returning from a hamstring injury picked up in pre-season in the League Cup victory at QPR. In a workman-like side, Kebe can offer the Royals a little bit of X-Factor on either wing with his electric pace belying his somewhat languid style. Scored goals consistently in the Championship and Brian McDermott will need him to hit the ground running if his side are to survive.

P. Cissé

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Newcastle hitman has had an extremely slow start to the season and his penalty miss against Norwich last week typified performances that were a shadow of the player who set the Premier League alight with 13 goals in 14 appearances after signing on for the Magpies in January.

However, Cisse's goal at Old Trafford in the week will have lifted a weight off of everyone's shoulders on Tyneside and the Senegal international immediately looked a more threatening player, hitting the bar with a typically acrobatic effort. With strike partner Demba Ba beginning the season in good goalscoring form, the return of Cisse could strike fear into Premier League defences.

Editor's Prediction

The home side will see this as a massive opportunity to get their much-needed first league win and move off the bottom of the table. However Newcastle, under a buoyant Alan Pardew having just extended his contract until 2020, will come to Madejski looking for the victory and as Reading come forward, the pace and clinical finishing of the likes of Ben Arfa, Ba and Cisse may just prove too much for Reading.

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