UK time is: 01:19:39
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Reading vs. West Brom

Madejski Stadium

12th January 2012

3.00pm KO

West Brom (H) Match Preview

After a two-week Premier League break, it is back to business for Reading, as they look to close the five-point relegation gap as they take on West Brom at the Madejski Stadium. Steve Clarke's side have performed above expected so far this season, finding themselves in a very healthy seventh position.

Vital Quotes:

Reading manager Brian McDermott -'They are the type of club we would look at and try and emulate, they've really been solid in the last couple of years. Steve Clark`s carried on, done really well and done a good job. It`s a good club West Brom. We know what we`re coming up against, we lost to them earlier on this season. Anyone who comes here will have a fight on their hands and we`ll certainly be giving them that.'

Baggies head coach Steve Clarke - 'It`s a difficult place to go and whenever you go down to the Madejski it`s always difficult to get anything. We look forward to it because we are full of confidence and we`ll be looking to play some good football. We respect the fact that Reading are down there fighting for their lives and we know we have to match them for effort. Brian`s a good man and he`s done all the hard hours and he`s done a fantastic job.'

Reading Team News:

Reading will still be without striker Jason Roberts, who has suffered a set back in his return from a hip problem. The duo of Mikele Leigertwood and Hal Robson-Kanu both have knocks and will be assessed before Saturday's game. New signing Daniel Carrico is set to start in Leigertwood's place.

Player to watch: Daniel Carrico

As with any new signing, many Royals fans are looking forward to watching the Portuguese international. He is likely to line up in centre midfield and it will be interesting to see whether he can adapt to the physical approach of the Premier League, not just the technical side.

West Brom Team News:

The Albion have been hit with a long-term injury to Zolton Gera, who is set to be out for the season. The defensive duo of Jonas Olsson and Goran Popov are doubtful. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is away at the African Cup of Nations

Player to watch: Shane Long

Our former striker is very highly fought of still to this day and it will be great to see him back at the Madejski. A forward with power, pace and a good finish. Would love to have him back some day.

Reverse fixture:

West Brom 1 - 0 Reading

Lukaku (71)

Match Prediction:

It will be a very tough game, as Steve Clarke makes them a very difficult side to beat. However, I have a slight feeling we might nick it. Vital Reading prediction: Reading 2 - 1 West Brom

Next Fixtures:

Reading - Newcastle (A) - Saturday 19th January - Premier League

West Brom - Aston Villa (H) - Saturday 19th January - Premier League




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: Josh  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 11 2013

Time: 2:18PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Reading Articles

Royals boss reflects on first game (Sunday December 21 2014)

Clarke appoints number two (Sunday December 21 2014)

Clarke reign starts with home defeat (Sunday December 21 2014)

Reading 0 - 1 Watford (Saturday December 20 2014)

Key man watch: Troy Deeney (Saturday December 20 2014)

Watford (H) Match Preview (Friday December 19 2014)

Team news: Reading vs Watford (Friday December 19 2014)

Midfield duo return to Royals training (Thursday December 18 2014)

Clarke: We can spend in January (Thursday December 18 2014)

Archived Reading Articles

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

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Reading 0 - 1 Watford
Birmingham 6 - 1 Reading
Reading 0 - 0 Bolton
Norwich 1 - 2 Reading
Cardiff 2 - 1 Reading
Reading 0 - 1 Charlton

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Sheff Wed 22 6 10 6 -5 28
15. Birmingham 22 7 7 8 -8 28
16. Bolton 21 7 4 10 -5 25
17. Reading 22 7 4 11 -11 25
18. Leeds Utd 22 6 6 10 -7 24
19. Rotherham 22 5 9 8 -9 24
20. Huddersfield 22 6 6 10 -12 24

Breaking League News

Tractor Boys Tame The Boro!
Ipswich : 21/12/2014 22:56:00
Millwall 0-1 Bolton Wanderers: Player Ratings
Bolton : 21/12/2014 22:17:00
Wolves 1 Brighton 1 (Report)
Brighton : 21/12/2014 20:42:00
Rams Held By Canaries
Derby County : 21/12/2014 20:36:00
Derby County : 21/12/2014 20:34:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

When fully fit, who would you prefer up front?
Suggested By:  Josh
Glenn Murray 48%
Pavel Pogrebnyak 15%
Neither - buy a new striker in January 37%