Premier League Preview: West Brom - Reading
Steve Clarke's men look to recover from defeat against Fulham as they entertain Brian McDermott's side which has yet to record a league win since promotion as Championship winners
By Arthur Virgo
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Brunt, Morrison, Fortune
Gunter, Gorkss, Pearce, Harte
McCleary, Leigertwood, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff
Steve Clarke has backed Billy Jones to start again at right back if Steven Reid (hamstring) does not recover in time, but left back Goran Popov (groin) is unlikely to be fit.
Peter Odemwingie (suspended), and winger Jerome Thomas (hip), are unavailable, meaning forwards Marc-Antoine Fortune and Romelu Lukaku, and midfielders Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans, will compete for two spots in a front three alongside Shane Long.
Alex McCarthy is set to continue in goal ahead of Adam Federici who has struggled with form and fitness (knee), while winger Jimmy Kebe (hamstring) and striker Jason Roberts (calf) are out injured.
The Royals could name an unchanged line-up from that which faced Tottenham on Sunday, but Adam Le Fondre could play up front alongside Pavel Pogrebnyak at some point if Brian McDermott opts to field two strikers.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- West Brom has kept seven clean sheets in its last nine Premier League games at the Hawthorns and has yet to concede at home this season, and has also scored at least two goals in each of its last three home matches.
- Reading has attempted fewer shots per game on average (7.7) than any other Premier League side except Sunderland (5), but conceded eight goals in three games so far.
- Referee Michael Oliver has awarded penalties to the home side in two of his three Premier League outings this season.
- Shane Long joined the Baggies in summer 2011 after six seasons at the Royals, and scored eight as West Brom finished 10th in the Premier League, while his former club went on to win promotion as the table-topping side in the Championship.
- In the last four meetings between the two clubs the Royals are unbeaten, winning twice, while there have been three red cards, including one for Long, then of Reading, in the 2010 FA Cup.
- The Irish international (pictured right) scored the winning goal for Reading the last time these two sides met, as a player in a 1-0 FA Cup win in January 2011, and this week has promised not to celebrate should he score against his old club.
- Striker Jason Roberts, currently injured, first won promotion to the Premier League with West Brom in 2002, later moving to Portsmouth, Wigan and Blackburn, before signing for Reading in January this year and helping it win promotion with six goals in 17 appearances.
- Nicky Shorey was released by West Brom this summer to return to Reading, with whom he had won promotion in 2006, gaining two England caps, before moving to Aston Villa in 2008, eventually returning via loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Fulham.
Top 3 Predictions
West Bromwich 2-0 Reading
- 21.09 %
West Bromwich 2-1 Reading
- 19.05 %
West Bromwich 3-1 Reading
- 9.52 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 12, 2013||Reading 3 - West Bromwich 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 22, 2012||West Bromwich 1 - Reading 0|
|FA Cup (FA)||Jan 8, 2011||Reading 1 - West Bromwich 0|
|FA Cup (FA)||Feb 24, 2010||West Bromwich 2 - Reading 3|
|FA Cup (FA)||Feb 13, 2010||Reading 2 - West Bromwich 2|
|Dec 14, 2013||Cardiff City 1 - West Bromwich 0||EPL|
|Dec 7, 2013||West Bromwich 0 - Norwich City 2||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||West Bromwich 2 - Manchester City 3||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||Newcastle 2 - West Bromwich 1||EPL|
|Nov 25, 2013||West Bromwich 2 - Aston Villa 2||EPL|
|9||Adam Le Fondre||Striker|
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