Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Swansea (H) Match Preview

Reading
vs.
Swansea

Madejski Stadium

26th December 2009

15:00

Brian McDermott will take charge of his first home game in caretaker charge of the Royals against Swansea on Boxing day. He will hope to fair better than Brendan Rodgers did at the Mad Stad, the former manager winning just one league game during his six month spell, but the inform Swans will be a tough test.

Vital Quotes:

Royals Caretaker manager Brian McDermott - 'I'm looking forward to playing at home, I think there will be a terrific atmosphere and a good crowd. One thing about our supporters is that if you play football in the right way, play on the front foot and get crosses into the box and shots off, they will support you. They've done that for a number of years.'


Reading Team News:

The Royals will be without Simon Church who is suspended following his red card against Bristol City, so Shane Long could start again. Jay Tabb should be fine after he was forced off agaist Bristol City at half time, and is likely to continue at right back.

Youngsters Abdulai Bell-Baggie and Jake Taylor could be included in the squad to give Brian McDermott more attacking options on the bench.

Player to watch: Shane Long

Irish striker is still yet to score this season and was a frustrated figure last weekend against Bristol City when he missed a number of chances, only too see his replacement Simon Church grab the equaliser. With Church suspended, he should get another start against Swansea and needs to make an impression soon or his Reading career could well be coming to an end.

Swansea Team News:

Stiker Craig Beattie has suffered a recurrence of a knee injury and is likely to miss the festive programme so Lee Trundle could start. Skipper Gary Monk has returned to training but is unlikely to feature on Boxing day but Mark Gower is back in contention.

Player to watch: Nathan Dyer

Former Southampton winger Dyer is enjoying life in Wales and is one of the main reason's behind the Swans fantastic run of form. He is very similar to the Royals own Jobi McAnuff and will give both full backs a difficult afternoon.

Last Meeting

Tuesday 18th August 2009, Swansea 0-0 Royals.

Match Prediction:

The Royals haven't lost on Boxing Day since 2003, however we have drawn our last 3 including last season's 1-1 draw with Swansea's arch rivals Cardiff, and I'm going for the same scoreline in this one.

Next Fixture:

Monday 28th December 2009, Plymouth (A)


Writer:Steve Guscott
Date:Thursday December 24 2009
Time: 9:25PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Lewis Tips Joshua to Win

Vital F1 - Blog: Sochi Preview

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Nottingham Forest MotM
Suggested By:
Al Habsi0%
Gunter0%
Moore0%
Blackett0%
Obita0%
Williams0%
Kelly25%
Popa0%
Swift0%
Grabban0%
Kermorgant75%
Sub-Beerens0%
Sub-Evans0%
Sub-Mendes0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 44 27 7 10 88 40
3 Huddersfield 44 25 6 13 81 3
4 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
5 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Vital Football Comment