Date:Saturday February 15 2014
Sunday 16th February 2014
When QPR and Reading are on TV, it is normally quite a dull affair, with just four goals in the previous three games for these sides. Despite this, it is a crucial game for both sides, as QPR are looking to get back into form after allowing their early season form to dip, while Reading want to bounce back from their defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, after some good form. Both sides want to be in the Premier League next season, but while the home side would be the more likely, a win for the Royals could spark another late-season run.
Reading manager Nigel Adkins - There's pressure on everybody. QPR have an excellent manager, good staff, good players, and we believe we've got good players too. We all want to get back to the Premier League, the first time is the best time to go back but if you look in this division there's lots of teams who've been up and are desperate to go back. Fair play to Leicester, they're in the box seat, Burnley have been very consistent and Derby have put a run together. QPR, Forest, all in the mix and so are we. It's going to be exciting.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp - 'It`s close at the top of the table. It`s very open still and there are also a lot of games left to play. The team who puts a good run together from now until the end of the season will make it. It`ll be an exciting end to the season. Reading are a big club, there are a lot of them in this division. I`m looking forward to the game, it`ll be a good one and we`re very positive. We`re at home and we`ve got to have a real go at it. Reading are a good side as well, so it promises to be a cracking game."
Redknapp has a fair amount of attacking injury problems coming into this one, with striker Charlie Austin a long-term absentee with a shoulder problem, while Matt Phillips has also recently been hit a bad injury. Midfielders Yossi Benayoun and Alejandro Faurlin are also not in contention for this one, while defender Danny Simpson has a back problem.
The West Ham loanee could get his first start as a QPR player in this one and will want to make an impression after receiving much critcism for his lack of goals with the Hammers.
Reading will have defender Alex Pearce available for this game, after the FA rescinded his red card against Sheffield Wednesday. Left back Wayne Bridge has returned to light training, but will not be considered for this one. Sean Morrison suffered a set back in his return from his medial ligament injury, so probably won't make a pitch return until April. Midfielder Chris Baird is still recovering from an ankle injury, but the long-term absentees are Mikele Leigertwood, Jem Karacan and Jason Roberts.
The defender had a disasterous ten minutes against QPR and the referee put him out of misery by sending him off, even if it was the wrong decision. If he plays like that against QPR, we have no hope, so will need to be on his game.
QPR - 4-4-2: Green, Hughes, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, O'Neil, Carroll, Barton, Kranjcar, Maiga, Doyle
Reading - 4-4-2: McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Obita, McCleary, Guthrie, Williams, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre
The referee for this one will be David Coote. He has refereed the Royals twice this season, in the opening game victory over Ipswich, but was the man in the middle for the home defeat to Bournemouth.
This is going to be a tough one and could really define our season, as we need to prove we can beat the teams around us to have any chance of promotion. QPR are not on the best run of form and we need to take advantage of that and have a go at them. I reckon we can nick a hard earned draw.
Vital Reading prediction: QPR 1 - 1 Reading
QPR - Charlton (A) - Sat 22nd February - SkyBet Championship
Reading - Blackburn (A) - Sat 22nd February - SkyBet Championship
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Date:Saturday February 15 2014
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