Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham v Reading Preview

Fulham
vs.
Reading

Craven Cottage

04/05/13

15:00

Craven Cottage hosts Reading this Saturday afternoon with our visitors set to bow out of the Premier League, shortly, after suffering relegation following the 0-0 draw with our local rivals, Queens Park Rangers, last season. It should be a game we can win, if only we could score a goal or two!

Vital Quotes:

To follow!

Fulham Team News:

Martin Jol will be looking at his squad ahead of the game and pondering over who will fill the void left by Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian is out for two weeks after picking up a calf injury at Goodison Park.

Also out are Ashkan Dejagah, Mahamadou Diarra and Simon Davies with ankle, knee and hip injuries respectively.

Steve Sidwell is suspended for the remainder of the season courtesy of two red cards in consecutive appearances.

Elsewhere, Jol will be hoping that Sascha Riether can shake off an ankle injury to bolster the defence.

Damien Duff, having been out with a thigh injury, should be available for selection again.

Player to watch: Bryan Ruiz

With Berbatov missing, Fulham will look towards the skills of Ruiz to create the chances for others to capitalize on.

Reading Team News:

Nigel Adkins, looking to rebuild Reading to ensure they mount a Championship challenge after being relegated from the Premier League, will have a couple of players missing for the trip to Craven Cottage. Definitely out are Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts with groin and hip injuries respectively.

However, his squad is boosted by the return of Hope Akpan and Adam Federici, both of whom are reported as being available again.

Player to watch: Pavel Pogrebnyak

A familiar face at Craven Cottage and someone we know can score goals, hopefully not against us though!

Match Facts & Stats

Reading don`t normally do very well in fixtures, against Fulham, at Craven Cottage with Fulham having lost just one of the last seven.

The reciprocating fixture, earlier this season, ended in a highly entertaining 3-3 draw.

Ref Watch:

The officials appointed for this game are;- Referee - N. Swarbrick Assistants - G. Beswick and J. Brooks Fourth Official - M. Halsey

Match Prediction:

Relegated Reading will arrive at Craven Cottage with a point to prove. With a new manager in harness, in Nigel Adkins, the players will be desperate to prove they still have a future at the club, which could prove dangerous for us. Can we get back to that free-flowing football whereby the goals come easily or are we destined to huff and puff without making inroads? I reckon we can nick this one and get three valuable points on the board.

Next Fixtures:

Next up for Fulham is a Premier League fixture against Liverpool, at Craven Cottage, on Sunday 12th May.


Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Friday May 3 2013
Time: 2:30PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Wolves (h)?
Suggested By: putney
Button1%
Fredericks33%
Kalas0%
Ream0%
Sessegnon0%
McDonald0%
Johansen0%
Aluko33%
Cairney0%
Kebano0%
Ayite0%
Cyriac0%
Odoi33%
Malone0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 2:45PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League