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Reading vs. Spurs

The Mad Stad

03/05/08

15.00

Reading vs Spurs

With two games to play the Royals are desperate for points as they look to secure their Premier league future, Spurs on the other hand have absolutely nothing to play for, which could actually work against Reading.

The pressure is mounting on the Royals as they sit just one point and one place above the relegation zone and defeat against Spurs would guarantee they would finish the game in the relegation zone.

Vital Quotes:

Doobs on putting Berbatov in his pocket;
'If I am 100% I can deal with that threat. In the FA Cup game he got a penalty and a shot that took a deflection but other than that he didn't threaten us.

'When you see Berbatov dropping deeper and deeper then you know you are doing your job. The further away he is from our goal the better.'

Reading Team News:

Moronic African duo Ibrahima Sonko and Emerse Fae are both suspended internally following refusal to lay for the reserves, not that they would have played today anyway.

Bryn Gunnarsson and Jimmy Kebe are back in contention for a place on the bench.

Player to watch: Leroy Lita

His first game back in front of the Reading fans will offer Lita a huge boost. Is pace and ability to create something out of nothing is something Reading have seriously been lacking in recent weeks.

Spurs Team News:

Tottenham full-back Alan Hutton picked up a toe injury last week against Bolton but should be fit to start.

Ledley King, Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all out for the season.

Player to watch: Dimitar Berbatov

The Bulgarian has already scored an incredible six goals against the Royals this season, so Michael Duberry better hope he can handle him today.

Match Facts & Stats

A defeat for Reading would definitely see them drop into the relegation zone with Birmingham and Fulham playing each other.

Spurs can still finish in the top half, but would have to beat both Reading and Liverpool in their final games.

Reading have not scored for 5 games.

Spurs have drawn their last four games 1-1.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb (Yorkshire)

Match Prediction:

Spurs have got nothing to play for which could work in their favour as there is absolutely no pressure on them. Reading need to score today to get that monkey off their back and would be pleased with at least a point going into the final game at Derby. Unfortunately I think Spurs are going to nick this one. My prediction: Reading 1-2 Spurs

Next Fixtures:

Derby (a) 11/05/08


The Journalist

Writer: Chris Kitley Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 3 2008

Time: 11:41AM

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Good luck, hope you beat spurs AND avoid the drop..!
horseworrier
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03/05/2008 12:39:00

Cheers mate, me too!!!!
uroyals
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03/05/2008 12:41:00

Going to be close today I go for 2-1 RFC
MASTER-RFC
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03/05/2008 13:48:00

should of been 3-0 at the break......1-0 dosent really reflect the hammering u took
lillywhites101
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04/05/2008 08:32:00

Nice chap
codbater
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04/05/2008 18:01:00

WOW look at lillywhites all chirpy after a 1-0 win! I recall you having the better of the 1st half but not the 2nd?? Good luck in Europe next season mate and Ramos will get you into the top 10 next year!
MASTER-RFC
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06/05/2008 13:27:00

I can't quite work out why you allowed Leroy Lita to go away on loan. He was one of 3/4 Reading players who looked like they were playing for something (Harper and Hunt played quite well too, as did Resenior) while the rest of the team seemed to act as though the season was over. Its bad times when you can't score against us so i wish you the best of luck against Derby! If you do avoid the drop, you need to make major changes and fast. Bring in a new manager, or a more active assistant to Coppell (or even move Coppell to a different role within) and a good 4/5 new "First Team" players. The signings made in your premier league spell have been nothing more than "squad players" - which is not going to be enough in the top flight. If you go down however, you need to retain as much of the squad AND Coppell if possible. He's the man and they're the team who've made it look so easy in the past so why can it not do the same again? It may be a blessing in disguise to go down as it could give you that extra year to rebuild and begin your next campaign in the top flight. Bets of luck though!
Dave the Yid
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06/05/2008 14:22:00

you can do it we did
codbater
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06/05/2008 21:22:00

Just win your last one for all those decent footballing people in the second city.
col8
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07/05/2008 05:28:00

 

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