UK time is: 21:53:01
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Middlesbrough vs. Reading

Riverside Stadium

18th September 2010

15:00

Middlesbrough (A) Match Preview

The Royals make the long trip to the North East to face Middlesbrough on Saturday, on the back of an unbeaten run in the league. Brian McDermott's side have not been beaten in the Championship since the opening day of the season, and will be looking to pick up three points at the Riverside.

Boro have not had the best start to the season, perhaps dogged by their tag of pre season favourites for promotion, but they beat Burnley on Tuesday night and could well have kick started their season.

Vital Quotes:

Assistant manager Nigel Gibbs-

We`ve got some tough games coming up, we need everyone in the squad and the boys coming off the bench to play their part. It`s a tough period, but our boys are up for it and they enjoy the games and relish the challenge.'


Striker Simon Church-

'We`re very confident going into games on the back of the Crystal Palace win and the Millwall result. It doesn`t matter if we play ugly, we have to go up there and try and do as well as we can.'



Middlesbrough Team News:

Boro have a number of injury doubts ahead of the game, with Gary O'Neil, Stephen McManus, David Wheater and Mickael Tavares all struggling for fitness.

Joe Bennett and Matt Kilgallon are definitly out whilst Leroy Lita will hope to keep his place after starting in the win over Burnley on Tuesday night, ahead of former Rangers striker Kris Boyd.


Player to watch: Tarmo Kink

With all the Scottish players signed by Gordan Strachan in the summer, the signing of Tarmo Kink probably slipped well under the radar of most football fans. However the exciting young winger came off the bench and scored both goals in the win over Burnley and will be hoping to start this game.

Reading Team News:

The Royals will again do without Andy Griffin, who is struggling with a hamstring injury, so Shaun Cummings will deputise once more.

Brynjar Gunnarsson should return to the side, in place of Simon Church, with McDermott reverting to his more favoured 4-2-3-1 formation. Chris Armstrong may feature on the bench for the first time this season, after recovering from a long term knee injury.

Player to watch: Shaun Cummings

Right back Cummings looked to be on his way out of the club before coming into the side away at Leicester. He has played in 3 games since replacing Andy Griffin, and we have only conceded one goal. The former Chelsea player will be keen to show he can play at this level and continue his impressive run of form.

Last Meeting

Saturday 20th March 2010, Middlesbrough 1-1 Reading.

Match Prediction:

Games between the sides have always been close in recent seasons, and I think this one will be no different. I don't think there will be a lot of goals but am backing us to take all three points with a 1-0 win.

Next Fixture:

Saturday 25th September, Barnsley (H)




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Steve Guscott  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 17 2010

Time: 10:35PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Reading Articles

The Championship 2014/15 - Cardiff (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Player Ratings - Wycombe (A) (Sunday July 27 2014)

Royals impress in third friendly (Sunday July 27 2014)

Former skipper finds new club (Saturday July 26 2014)

HRK still wants forward role (Saturday July 26 2014)

Archived Reading Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
16. Middlesbrough 0 0 0 0 0 0
17. Millwall 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. Norwich 0 0 0 0 0 0
19. Reading 0 0 0 0 0 0
20. Rotherham 0 0 0 0 0 0
21. Sheff Wed 0 0 0 0 0 0
22. Watford 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Six Up For Millers
Rotherham : 29/07/2014 21:38:00
Birmingham Maintain Winning Ways
Birmingham : 29/07/2014 21:24:00
OFFICIAL: Odion Ighalo Signs
Watford : 29/07/2014 19:36:00
Veseli Joins Port Vale
Ipswich : 29/07/2014 18:00:00
Leeds and Milan cannot agree on Benedicic deal
Leeds Utd : 29/07/2014 17:38:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

What area do we need to strengthen most?
Suggested By:  Josh
Goalkeeper 8%
Defence 7%
Midfield 7%
Attack 78%