Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
30th January 2013
After both of these sides had contrasting fortunes in the FA Cup, Reading and Chelsea face off at the Madejski Stadium in a mid-week Premier League fixture. The Royals are slowly finding some form in the Premier League, having won three of their previous six games and are just one point away from safety. Chelsea however, are stuttering under the management of Rafa Benitez. Despite four consecutive wins on the road for the Blues, their home form is severely letting them down.
Reading manager Brian McDermott - 'We're getting there. We're working really hard with the group, we're getting better as a group and we're enjoying the challenge. All we're trying to do is get a result against Chelsea, do our best and we'll add up the points in May and see where we are. There's no point dwelling on it [defeat at Chelsea in August] really. We played well on the night and should have got something from the game. Torres' goal was offside but there's no point in harping on about that - it's done and dusted.'
Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez - 'We have to concentrate on our job. I was talking today with Frank Lampard, John Terry and David Luiz. We were just talking about football. They know the way to change things is to win, we were winning nine days ago and we have to get back to doing that. I have a lot of confidence in the team. We have good players, they are training well and it's a question of keeping the consistency.'
Reading will give a late fitness test to Noel Hunt ahead of this game, who picked up a knock during training a few days ago. Fellow striker Jason Roberts is a long-term injury problem, as he is suffering from a recurrent hip problem.
The central defender has been in fantastic form in recent games, but will have a very tough test against Demba Ba. I can remember him struggling with the physicality of the forward when we met Newcastle back in September, but I'm sure Mapps will be up for the challenge.
Chelsea have mounting injury problems, with goalkeeper Petr Cech out with a calf problem and David Luiz struggling with an ankle knock. Belgium international Eden Hazard is still suspended after his red card against Swansea. Both Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are at the African Cup of Nations with Nigeria.
The Spaniard has been Chelsea's best player this season in my opinion and will be the biggest threat for the Blues tonight. Superb ball control, creativity and has a good eye for goal.
Reading: Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Leigertwood, Guthrie, Kebe, McAnuff, McCleary, Pogrebnyak
Chelsea: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Lampard, Marin, Oscar, Ramires, Mata, Ba
The referee for this game will be Mark Halsey, with his assistants Ron Ganfield and Darren Cann. The fourth official will be Roger East.
Now we have reverted to a much more conservative formation, I don't expect us to be walked over, like we have been in recent months with teams of Chelsea's quality. However, their very good away form under Benitez does make me worry and I can see us just losing out. Vital Reading prediction: Reading 0 - 1 Chelsea
Reading - Sunderland (H) - Saturday 2nd February - Premier League
Chelsea - Newcastle (A) - Saturday 2nd February - 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!
Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
Reading 3 - 2 Millwall (Wednesday September 17 2014)
The Opposition View - Millwall (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Millwall (H) Match Preview (Tuesday September 16 2014)
Team news: Reading vs Millwall (Monday September 15 2014)
Player Ratings - Fulham (H) (Monday September 15 2014)
Murray at the double in dream Royals debut (Sunday September 14 2014)
Stats: Reading v Fulham (Sunday September 14 2014)
Boss praises striker's debut (Sunday September 14 2014)
Reading 3 - 0 Fulham (Saturday September 13 2014)
The Opposition View - Fulham (Friday September 12 2014)
|7. Sheff Wed||7||3||3||1||3||12|
|Adams Delighted As City Go Top
» Norwich : 17/09/2014 07:48:00
|Magath - One Last Chance?
» Fulham : 17/09/2014 07:43:00
|And Mitroglou Scores
» Fulham : 17/09/2014 07:42:00
|LUFC Who was your Leeds Man of the Match?
» Leeds Utd : 17/09/2014 07:31:00
|Storming second half secures Leeds win
» Leeds Utd : 17/09/2014 07:26:00