EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

Reading vs Fulham: Match Preview

Reading Fulham

Reading will take on Fulham at the Madejski Stadium for a classic David against Goliath match. A win is crucial for both teams as Reading are dangling over the relegation line while Fulham needs a win to take over Blackburn in the race for automatic promotion as the next two oppositions are in the bottom half.

Fulham is coming on a high, beating Bristol in the third round of the FA Cup. While-Reading were beaten by Kidderminster Harriers who play in the sixth tier of English football. The match was particularly drab and Reading would want to get back to winning ways. Besides, they only sit three points above the relegation zone.

The two teams have faced each other sixteen-time and have an equal number of wins with 6 wins each and 4 draws. The last time they faced each other, Reading beat Fulham 2-1 back in September where Ovie Ejaria scored a brace for Reading and Rodrigo Muniz scored the sole goal for Reading.

Team News

Reading Fulham Pre

Reading

Veljko Paunovic would be without Felipe Araruna, Yakou Meite, Tom McIntyre, and Michael Morrison. There are also doubts over the availability of Ovie Ejaria and Lucas Joao. Andy Yiadom and Baba Rahman are out on national duty for AFCON.

Fulham

Ivan Cavaleiro and Terence Kongolo would be doubtful due to injury for Fulham. Jean Michael Seri is also not available due to AFCON. Apart from these, Marco Silva has no injury or COVID worries.

Potential Playing XI

Reading: Rafael Cabral, Dejan Tetek, Tom Holmes, Scott Dann, Ethan Bristow, Danny Drinkwater, Josh Laurent, Mamadi Camara, John Swift, Junior Hoilett and Andy Carroll.

Fulham: Paulo Gazzaniga, Kenny Tete, Tosin Adarabioyo, Michael Hector, Antonee Robinson, Harrison Reed, Nathaniel Chalobah, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Fabio Carvalho, Harry Wilson and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Prediction: Reading Fulham

A win is a must for Reading while Fulham would want to extend their lead over Blackburn Rovers. Reading are the underdogs in this fixture. The Royals have only won twice in the last 12 matches. Additionally, Reading was docked 6 points for large losses in November. EFL are still not on board with the business plan of the Royals. Consequently, more points might be docked as the season goes on. Therefore, every match is of importance for the Royals.

Despite the pertinence of the fixture, Fulham is the heavy favourites for this game.

Prediction: Fulham 3: 0 Reading

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