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Fulham Look To End Reading Home Run
29 December 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading will be looking to extend their home winning run to six games on Friday night at the Madejski Stadium. The Royals face play-off rivals Fulham, for an 8pm kick-off, after making it five consecutive home wins with a 3-1 Boxing Day victory over Norwich City. That victory saw Reading close the gap on second place to six points at the midway point of the season. The Canaries were a team expecting big things this season, but arrived at Reading out of form and on a dramatic slide down the Championship table. Fulham will be an entirely different test after hitting form as they continue their climb up the table. Fulham are four points away from the play-off positions after an impressive 2-0 away win at Ipswich on Boxing Day.
The Cottagers are unbeaten in five games - a run that began with their 5-0 thrashing of the Royals at their place at the start of December. Reading were very much second best that Saturday afternoon and were already looking a beaten side before Danny Williams was sent off just nine minutes into the second half. The Royals have won 3 out of 4 since the collapse at Craven Cottage, and will be looking for revenge, and more importantly more points to keep pace with the top two. Danny Williams will be hoping for a longer stay on the pitch. Meanwhile John Swift will be pushing for more match time after making his return from injury on Monday afternoon. Swift came on to play the last 13 minutes and looked fully recovered and will be hopeful for a place in the starting eleven. Kermorgant scored before embarrassing himself from the penalty spot but will be looking to keep hold of his place as manager Jaap Stam looks to have options in all departments again.
Fulham are favouries for an away win with Ladbrokes - probably after their recent 5-0 demolition job on the Royals:
- Reading win: 15/8
- The draw: 12/5
- Fulham win: 11/8
That big defeat for Reading against Fulham made it three defeats out of four in our recent meetings. Our last win was a 3-0 victory at the Madejski Stadium in September 2014 with two goals from Glenn Murray and one from Nick Blackman. Since then we've conceeded 13 goals in 4 games to Fulham - with three defeats and a home draw that came last season. Reading will be looking to make the most of home advantage and improve their recent form against the visitors.
Recent Meetings With FULHAM
|03 December 2016||Championship||Fulham (Away)||L: 0-5||Read report...|
|05 March 2016||Championship||Fulham (HOME)||D: 2-2||Read report...|
|24 October 2015||Championship||Fulham (Away)||L: 2-4||Read report...|
|17 January 2015||Championship||Fulham (Away)||L: 1-2||Read report...|
|13 September 2014||Championship||Fulham (HOME)||W: 3-0||Read report...|
|04 May 2013||Premier League||Fulham (Away)||W: 4-2||Read report...|
|27 October 2012||Premier League||Fulham (HOME)||D: 3-3||Read report...|
|12 April 2008||Premiership||Fulham (HOME)||L: 0-2||Read report...|
|03 November 2007||Premiership||Fulham (Away)||L: 1-3||Read report...|
|14 April 2007||Premiership||Fulham (HOME)||W: 1-0||Read report...|
|25 November 2006||Premiership||Fulham (Away)||W: 1-0||Read report...|
|05 April 1999||Division Two||Fulham (HOME)||L: 0-1||Read report...|
|23 February 1999||Division Two||Fulham (Away)||L: 1-3||Read report...|
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