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Fulham visit Reading ~ Match Preview Cham MD 10

last updated Tuesday 01st October 2019, 8:51 PM



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Reading vrs Fulham

Championship Match Day 10 19/20 at Madejski Stadium

Tuesday 1st October 2019    KO: 19:45

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)



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Life back in the Championship started well for Fulham, though slowed down as August ended and September began.

A Semi Ajayi goal denied them all three points in a 1-1 draw with West Brom at Craven Cottage after the international break, before a sucker-punch from Atdhe Nuhiu deep into stoppage time a week later produced the same result.

The Whites got back to winning ways on Friday, when Joe Bryan and Tom Cairney netted in a 2-0 win over Wigan.

Jose Gomes' Royals seem to be missing the killer touch in front of goal of late - they haven't won a game since August 24 and just managed to salvage a point against Swansea last weekend, thanks to Andy Yiadom.

Last month, they were ousted from the Carabao Cup on penalties by Wolves, beaten 2-1 at home to Blackburn, while Middlesbrough crept past them 1-0 after the international break.

Fulham boss Scott Parker: "They've been a little bit up and down, I think that's clear.

They got a very good result against Swansea, a last minute equaliser, which will obviously bring them some big confidence.

It's a team that I think can cause anyone, on their day, some problems. Certainly going forward they've got some very good individuals.

No doubt it will be a tough game for us. I think we know what's in store for us.

"It's a strange league in the sense that you can go and put some back-to-back wins together and before you know it you're right up there.

I feel we're on a good run and that we're going in the right direction.

There have been moments where we've been disappointing, but I think overall we've shown some real quality and control in games."

Reading boss Jose Gomes: "Hopefully we will get the three points back at Madejski Stadium.

We will face a very strong team, a good squad and some very good players.

They have a top striker - who is very strong and who battles - and a good offensive dynamic. So we will see what happens.

"We need to recover now, after a long trip back from Swansea.

Fulham played a day before us, so they have 24 hours more than we do to recover.

But our medical staff and fitness coaches will help our players to recover properly.

As I have said before, with the way that we have been working,

I trust that my players can get the points we need to think about higher goals."

Head to head

  • Including play-offs, Reading are unbeaten in their last six home league matches against Fulham (W3 D3 L0) since losing 2-0 in the Premier League in April 2008.


  • The last two Fulham managers to win away at Reading in a league match also managed England - Kevin Keegan in April 1999 and Roy Hodgson in April 2008.


  • Reading has won 35% of their last 20 home league games and Fulham has lost 75% of their last 20 away league games.

Fulham


  • Fulham have lost each of their last four league games in the month of October, conceding 14 goals in those games.


  • Aleksandar Mitrovic has gone 270 minutes of league football without a goal or an assist to his name and is still top scorer out of the two teams.


Reading


  • Reading have lost three of their four home league games this season (W1), having lost just one of their last 10 in 2018-19 (W5 D4 L1).


  • John Swift has been directly involved in 60% of Reading's 10 league goals this season, scoring two and assisting four.
























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