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Premier League

  • January 30, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 24097

Reading - Chelsea Preview: Relegation-battling Royals look to record first league win over the Blues since 1930

Reading - Chelsea Preview: Relegation-battling Royals look to record first league win over the Blues since 1930

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Brian McDermott's side have won their last four games in all competitions, scoring 12 goals, while their west London opponents have been in imperious form on the road



Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey
Leigertwood, Guthrie, McAnuff
Kebe, Pogrebnyak, McCleary


Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole
Ramires, Lampard
Oscar, Mata, Bertrand

Reading boss Brian McDermott has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, with just two notable absences. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) is out, so Adam Federici will continue to deputise.

At the other end of the pitch, Jason Roberts (hip) remains sidelined, so Pavel Pogrebnyak is expected to start up front – the Russian striker was rested for the Royals' 4-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United.

Chelsea are without Eden Hazard, who is serving a suspension for kicking a ballboy in the Capital One Cup; in the Belgian’s absence, Ryan Bertrand could be handed a starting berth on the left wing ahead of Marko Marin.

Nigerian duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are both on Africa Cup of Nations duty, so remain unavailable for selection, while Oriol Romeu (knee) is the only long-term absentee.

John Terry started in the FA Cup against Brentford but is likely to return to the bench against Reading. David Luiz will not play, while Fernando Torres should keep his place up front after netting against the Bees.

Ross Turnbull is set to continue in goal following his appearance against Brentford, with Petr Cech (calf) still unavailable.

  • Reading have lost just one of their last seven games in all competitions, and won their last four (scoring 12 goals along the way).
  • Only Leighton Baines (3.3) and David Silva (3) have played more key passes per game than Reading left-back Nicky Shorey (2.9). The 31-year-old (pictured) has also averaged more accurate crosses than any other player.
  • The Royals, who sit in 18th place in the league, are one of just five teams yet to have a player sent off this season.
  • No team has conceded more shots per game (18.2) than Brian McDermott's side.
  • Only QPR (zero out of two) have won fewer matches when leading at half-time than Reading (one out of six); Chelsea have won nine of the 12 matches in which they've led at the break.
  • Chelsea have not lost a league game against Reading since March 1930, and have won six of their last seven matches against the Royals in all competitions.
  • The Stamford Bridge outfit have been in good form on the road under Rafa Benitez, recording four away wins on the bounce in the Premier League.
  • No side has been awarded as many penalties (eight) as Chelsea; only Phil Dowd (eight) has pointed to the spot more times than Wednesday's referee Mark Halsey (six).
  • The Blues had to come from behind against Reading at Stamford Bridge, overhauling a 2-1 deficit to win 4-2.
  • Only Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (nine) has more Premier League assists than Chelsea's Juan Mata (eight); the Spaniard is also the Blues' joint-highest scorer in the league. Chelsea are 9/1 to win 3-0 with bet365.


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Available Squads
1Adam FedericiGoalkeeper
26Alex PearceDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
23 Ian HarteDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
20Jem KaracanMidfielder
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
14Jimmy KebeMidfielder
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
19Hal Robson-KanuMidfielder
39Hope AkpanMidfielder
9Adam Le FondreStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
48Henrique HilárioGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
26John TerryDefender
27Nathan AkeDefender
21Marko MarinMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
9Demba BaStriker

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