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Midtable Clash As Wolves Visit Madejski
05 February 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Madejski Stadium as our run of home games continues. Wolves visit starts a run of four consecutive home fixtures thanks to the FA Cup draw giving us another home fixture that will take place instead of the away game at Middlesbrough. Reading will have played just 1 fixture away from home out of 8 when they finish their run of home games against Rotherham United on 23rd February.
The game is a battle of two teams struggling to make something of their seasons. Both sides appear set for midtable finishes, but Reading need the points more to avoid continuing on a late drop towards the drop zone. Reading are four points and four places behind 12th placed Wolves.
Reading fans will have the chance to welcome back former Royals striker Adam Le Fondre. Since leaving Reading Le Fondre has had mixed success, but never really rediscovered the kind of goal scoring form that led Cardiff to snap him up in May 2014. Le Fondre remains a player frequently used from the bench but has struggled to find the net with the kind of frequency he did at Reading. With Reading he scored 41 goals in 110 appearances - nearly half of those appearances were off the substitutes bench. Le Fondre has scored three goals for Wolves since joining them on loan at the start of the season but hasn't scored in eleven games since his last goal back in October 2015.
Up front for Reading there is a chance that we will get to see new signing Deniss Rakels after he finally he received his International clearance. Rakels will be eligible to play against Wolves but isn't considered to be match fit and is unlikely to start. He has been training with the side since his transfer went through and he could be on the bench for a late first appearance in a Reading shirt.
Wolves are another team that Reading have an excellent recent record against. Before this season's 0-1 away defeat in December we had gone six games undefeated against them. Those six games included four wins and two draws. Our last home fixture against Wolves was in September 2014 when the points were shared after a 3-3 draw. Hector, Jake Taylor and Glen Murray were on the scoresheet that day with Murray grabbing a late equaliser for the Royals.
Ahead of the game it's fair to say that Reading fans are not optimistic about Reading returning to winning ways in the League...
|26 December 2015||Championship||Wolves (Away)||L: 0-1||Read report...|
|07 February 2015||Championship||Wolves (Away)||W: 2-1||Read report...|
|28 September 2014||Championship||Wolves (HOME)||D: 3-3||Read report...|
|27 January 2009||Championship||Wolves (HOME)||W: 1-0||Read report...|
|30 September 2008||Championship||Wolves (Away)||W: 3-0||Read report...|
|18 March 2006||Championship||Wolves (HOME)||D: 1-1||Read report...|
|26 December 2005||Championship||Wolves (Away)||W: 2-0||Read report...|
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