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Royals vs Man Utd

Reading host the champions Manchester United, just a week after the Reds' six nil demolition of Newcastle.

The Royals are still looking for their first win of the new year and with just two points between them and the relegation zone, boss Steve Coppell will be praying for an upset.

Coppell will take heart in the fact that the two sides have drawn three of their last five meetings, although Reading have never beaten United.

Vital Quotes:

Royals' boss Steve Coppell on the match;

'It is different, a totally different atmosphere and feeling. This is the ultimate test.

'Their team is so good and they rotate so much. There's no real pattern to their front four'.

United veteran Ryan Giggs on Reading;

'Reading are a team that won't just sit back and defend. They will go out and try to score goals so hopefully it will be an open game.'

Reading Team News:

The main decision for Steve Coppell will be who will partner Ivar Ingimarsson at centre back. Youngster Alex Pearce started the cup game against Spurs, but his inexperience could see him step aside, with Brynjar Gunnarsson the most likely replacement.

Michael Duberry is out with a knee injury, while Ibrahima Sonko, Andre Bikey and Emerse Fae are all on African Cup of Nations duty.

Dave Kitson, who was sent off at Old Trafford, could be out with a knee injury, if he is not fit to play, Leroy Lita may get a rare start alongside Kevin Doyle.

Player to watch: Stephen Hunt

The Irishman seems to be getting better with every game and his energy and workrate will be vital if Reading are to get anything out of the game.

Man Utd Team News:

United have no fresh injury problems and could play the same team that started against Newcastle.

Wes Brown is available after suspension and could feature.

Player to watch: Christiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is currently the best player in the Premier League, if not the world and he will be a big test for the shaky Reading defence.

Match Facts & Stats

Reading have conceded 47 goals this season (36 more than United); United have scored 44 goals this season (14 more than the Royals).

United are the Premier League's most dangerous club in the last 10 minutes scoring 11 goals; Reading on the other hand are the most vulnerable, conceding 11 goals in the last ten minutes.

Although Reading have never beaten United, they are the only team to get a point at Old Trafford this season.

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett (Orpington, Kent)

Match Prediction:

This is one of the fixtures that I dread, especially as we are only two points above the relegation zone. Saying that, we have a good record against United, even if we haven't beaten them, and there's every chance we could sneak a surprise draw. My Prediction; Reading 2-2 Man Utd

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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Kitley Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 18 2008

Time: 12:17PM

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You have a chance providing the Mancs don't score!!!!
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18/01/2008 16:01:00

Not much chance of that with our defence!!
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18/01/2008 16:24:00

Chris your statistics are wrong. United have conceded only 11 league goals, thus 36 less than Reading. You were probably looking at Arsenal's statistics as they have let 17 goals. Thanks
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19/01/2008 00:48:00

Good spot, I was actually looking at the BBC website, so THEY got it wrong! Thanks tho, I'll correct it!
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19/01/2008 12:15:00

What a performance by Kalifa Cisse, played with confidence and we've been lacking that pace up the back. Surely he wouldn't be moved back in midfield now.
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20/01/2008 03:44:00

well it was only 2-0 so i guess a great result for the royals
ozanne park rangers
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20/01/2008 08:25:00

The result does not reflect the game. Reading attacked from the start and were could have scored several times. It was a great game and Reading's team fully deserved the spontaneous standing ovation that they were given towards the end. Cisse was brilliant and the new Czech signed looked real class when he came on.
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20/01/2008 13:15:00

and we are next into the slaughter house!!! any tips?
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20/01/2008 14:29:00

Just attack them, they don't like it!! Although there is every chance they may destroy you on the break. Just close your eyes and hope for the best!!
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20/01/2008 15:33:00


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