Reading vs Fulham by Luke
With victories over Blackburn and Norwich, Reading now established themselves as one of the candidates for the promotion, but also are a looking as one of the strongest teams in the play-off zone. They are currently at third position with six points less than second placed Newcastle, but also four more than seventh placed Derby, meaning that the team needs to keep winning.
In the most recent game, they welcomed Norwich and defeated the opponent few days ago with a 3:1 score. They looked like much more concrete side and created better chances, while the visitors stood as the one with a bit more of ball possession that didn't help them much. Players of Reading opened the scoreline in 37th minute via Kermorgant, while the guests got back into the match with an equalizer fro Oliveira in 60th minute. Seven minutes later they were playing with a man less when Howson got excluded, while McCleary scored the next minute from the penalty kick. Victory got sealed with a goal fro Harriott in first minute of additional time.
Home team will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Kermorgant as striker, plus McCleary, Swift and Beerens as offensive midfielders. Midfielder Stephen Quinn (7/0) is injured, as well as forward Deniss Rakels (2/0), but both used very little so far. Left full back Jordan Obita (18/0) is doubtful, but could be playing.
Fulham, on the other side, is in a really nice run at the moment, having five consecutive matches without a defeat - three victories and two draws, as they looked quite decent in those draw matches as well - however sometimes with lack of concentration at the back. In the most recent game, the team managed to walk away with a three pointer away to Ipswich few days ago, celebrating 2:0 victory.
They completely deserved the victory, being much better and more concrete side for whole ninety minutes, as Martin brought them into the lead in 36th minute and Sigurdsson sealed the game with another goal in 78th minute. On the other side, players of Ipswich were limited to a very defensive role and did barely nothing in attack. Fulham is now at eight position, having four points less than sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday and the team needs to continue with positive performances in order to catch up with play-off placed sides, being close to them for a lot of weeks now.
Visitors are set to continue in 4-2-3-1 formation as well, with Martin as central striker, but also with Ayite, Aluko and Cairney as offensive midfielders. Central defender Tomas Kalas (16/1) is out with a hamstring injury.
- Reading have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 7 matches against Fulham.
Reading is on a nice run now and the team looks as one of the strongest in the league. They will surely be going for a three pointer here, while the visitors remain very attacking side with offensive approach and are undefeated in last five games. This can easily end up as a high scoring game, while I wouldn't dare to bet on the home victory.