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  • December 1, 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 24095
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Reading - Manchester United Preview: Royals hope to upset table toppers at the Madjeski

Reading - Manchester United Preview: Royals hope to upset table toppers at the Madjeski

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The Red Devils travel to the Madjeski on Saturday evening hoping to continue to set the pace at the top of the Premier League, with Brian McDermott's men sitting second from bottom

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

READING

Federici
Cummings, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey
Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff,
Roberts, Le Fondre
MANCHESTER UNITED
 
Lindegaard
Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley
Welbeck, Van Persie, Rooney


Reading boss Brian McDermott will have the same set of players to choose from after Jem Karacan (knee ligament) failed to overcome his injury in time for the visit of the Premier League leaders, and thus may leave Kaspars Gorkss out once more.

Chris Gunter (hamstring), Danny Guthrie (leg) and Jimmy Kebe (groin) are all expected to remain out of first-team action until in the new year.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Feguson could welcome back Antonio Valencia (hip) after the winger sat out during Manchester United's 1-0 over West Ham midweek. Paul Scholes in also in contention after serving a suspension in that win.

Nani (hamstring) is still sidelined with injury alongside other long-term absentees Shinji Kagawa (knee) and Nemanja Vidic (knee), however Rio Ferdinand could return to the starting line-up after he was rested against the Hammers.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Reading have conceded a joint-divisional high 78% of all their goals in the second half of games this season.

  • The Royals have kept the joint-fewest clean sheets in the Premier League this term.

  • Despite being a game behind most other sides in the league, Brian McDermott's men have allowed more shots against them than any other team.
  • The newly-promoted club have had 23 goals scored past them this season, with only Southampton, Queens Park Rangers and Wigan letting in more.
  • Manchester United have scored more headed goals than any other team in the top flight (10).
  • The Red Devils have drawn just one of their last 22 Premier League away ties.

  • Sir Alex Ferguson's side have recovered more points from losing positions than any other team in this season’s Premier League (18).

  • Wayne Rooney (pictured) has a joint-league high six goal assists this season, along with Chelsea’s Juan Mata.

  • All of United's last four league defeats on their travels have been by a 1-0 scoreline.

 

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Reading

Manchester United

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Reading FC REA
Reading FC Reading
Draw
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
90%

Top 3 Predictions

Reading FC REA
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU
Reading FC REA
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU
Reading FC REA
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MNU

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