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Reading will be facing visiting side Fulham at Select Car Leasing Stadium in this Championship tie on Tuesday.
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Reading will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 2-1 FA Cup losing effort in their last game against Kidderminster Harriers.
The only player to score from Reading was George Puşcaş (45'). Austin (69') and Morgan-Smith (82') scored for Kidderminster Harriers.
It’s been seldom in recent games where Reading have shown defensive steel. The facts show that Reading have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 9 goals on the way. Previous results aside, we will just have to wait and see if that trend will be sustained in this upcoming game.
Fulham will go into the match after a 0-1 FA Cup win with the downing of Bristol City in their most recent game.
In that game, Fulham had 45% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Fulham was Harry Wilson (105'). Bristol City had 16 attempts on goal with 9 of them on target. The match was won by Fulham in extra time.
It is worth noting that Fulham have failed to get amongst the goals over their previous six clashes, recording the disappointing return of only 4. In those fixtures, The Cottagers have also seen the overall goal aggregate against them equal 4.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 16/05/2017 tells us that Reading have won 3 of these & Fulham 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
An aggregate of 15 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 7 for The Royals and 8 netted by The Cottagers. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.5.
Team News: Reading
Michael Morrison (Knee Injury), Andy Rinomhota (Ankle Injury), Tom McIntyre (Fractured Foot) and Yakou Méïté (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) aren’t available for Reading boss Veljko Paunović.
In our view, The Royals will probably use a 4-1-4-1 system this time and select Luke Southwood, Tyrell Ashcroft, Tom Holmes, Scott Dann, Ethan Bristow, Josh Laurent, Femi Azeez, Daniel Drinkwater, John Swift, Junior Hoilett and Andy Carroll.
Team News: Fulham
Due to a mostly available group of players, there’s just a single fitness worry for the Fulham gaffer Marco Silva to contend with. Terence Kongolo (Fitness) won’t be playing here.
It’s our belief that The Cottagers appear most likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 system, giving starts to Marek Rodak, Kenny Tete, Tosin Adarabioyo, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson, Harrison Reed, Tom Cairney, Harry Wilson, Fabio Carvalho, Neeskens Kebano and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
We’re of the view that Reading will likely be able to get a goal against this Fulham lineup, however a single goal probably won’t be as many as they’ll concede.
We can see both teams to score in a 1-2 victory for Fulham by the conclusion of the game. It’s a very tough call.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Select Car Leasing Stadium (24,161)
Captain: Liam Moore
Chairman: Dai Yongge and Dai Xiuli
Manager: Veljko Paunović
Competitions: Championship position 21, FA Cup (Third Round)
⭐ Star Player: Tom Dele-Bashiru
Mostly played in the Centre Midfield position, Tom Dele-Bashiru was born in Manchester, England. After having played his first senior match for Watford in the 2020 - 2021 season, the gifted Midfielder has accumulated 4 league goals in this Championship 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in 21 appearances.