Fulham vs Reading by Luke
Fulham took the early lead with a goal from McDonald in eighteenth minute, but weren't able to get even a point from the match away to Brighton last time out during previous weekend, as their hosts increased the tempo in the second half and looked better, however a draw would probably be more fairer outcome after all since players of Fulham were nowhere close outplayed.
As said, Brighton responded in the second half with goals from Baldock in 52nd and Murray in 79th minute, leaving no time for players of Fulham to respond further. After two consecutive victories, Fulham now has a draw and a defeat, which saw them slipping down to tenth position at the table - having four points less than play-off placed Huddersfield and being in a must win situation in front of this one against a direct opponent.
Fulham will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Martin as central striker, plus Ayite, Aluko and Cairney as offensive midfielders. Full back Denis Odoi (16/0) is suspended, with Ryan Fredericks surely replacing him this time. Scott Parker comes into the squad after serving suspension.
Reading, on the other side, comes from fifith consecutive victory now in Championship, coming from a 2:1 narrow victory at home against Britol City last weekend. They had a great entrance into the match and took the double lead within first twenty minutes, thanks to goals from McCleary and Beerens, controlling the match usually, even though they let the opponents develop their game too.
Towards the end of the match, players of Bristol City managed to reduce the deficit in 87th minute via O'Neil. Overall, players of Britol City even created more chances, but Reading did what was needed and stood okay in defense for the most of the time. After five victories in a row, they are now at third position with thirty-four points, four less than second placed Brighton, position that will be leading directly to Premier League.
Visitors from Reading will be playing with 4-2-3-1 formation as well, using Samuel most likely as central striker and Beerens, McCleary and Harriott as offensive midfielders. Central defender Liam Moore (14/0) is serving a one-match ban, while the visitors also miss midfielder Stephen Quinn (7/0), John Swift (15/3) and forwards Yann Kermorgant (16/4) and Dennis Rakels (2/0).
- Reading have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Fulham.
- Fulham have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches against Reading.
Fulham is seeking now some consistency after two victories, something that they miss so much this season. Reading are constant in their form having now five leagues victories in a row, so the game should be as open as possible. I definitely see both teams scoring here and more than three goals scored with ease.