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Newcastle Expected To Claim Another Away Win
07 March 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?
It feel like Mission Impossible for the Royals tonight as table toppers Newcastle United visit the Madejski Stadium, to play in front of what is expected to be a near sell out crowd. Newcastle are in amazing form, having gone 10 League games without defeat, and find themselves five points clear at the top of the table. Consecutive away victories over second placed Brighton and third placed Huddersfield have made Newcastle firm favourites to win the league and promotion back to the Premier League.
On paper this is a guaranteed away victory, especially if you factor in Reading's poor form against teams at the top of the table. Reading have also just had those two away fixtures and our fortunes were reversed with a 0-1 defeat at Huddersfield and a really poor performance against Brighton as we went down 0-3. The only factor in Reading's favour is we are at home - but that's unlikely to trouble The Magpies.
Garath McCleary was rested during Reading's 2-1 home win against Wolves at the weekend, but may make a return against Newcastle. It's a different starting eleven every match under Jaap Stam - and that's partly due to the huge number of options he has available. There seems certain to be more tweaks to the side, and many fans will be hoping that Jordan Obita is preferred to Tyler Blackett at left back. One player who surely will be playing will be central defender Paul McShane who marked his full return from injury with a great performance and a match winning goal. Mutch will probably find himself remaining on the bench - but hopefully Stam can find room for Liam Kelly who was an unused substitute on Saturday despite his amazing performances so far this season.
Earlier this season Reading were thrashed 1-4 at Newcastle. We will of course be hoping to avoid a repeat of that, but you can't help feel that it's a possibility. It's no wonder that the visitors are firm favourites for the win. However they are around evens, which could be worth a judas bet this evening and you can find some of the best football odds at William Hill Ireland online with complete list of different matches across the globe.
Recent Meetings With Newcastle
|17 August 2016||Championship||Newcastle (Away)||L: 1-4||Read report...|
|19 January 2013||Premier League||Newcastle (Away)||W: 2-1||Read report...|
|29 September 2012||Premier League||Newcastle (HOME)||D: 2-2||Read report...|
|13 April 2010||Championship||Newcastle (HOME)||L: 1-2||Read report...|
|15 August 2009||Championship||Newcastle (Away)||L: 0-3||Read report...|
|05 April 2008||Premiership||Newcastle (Away)||L: 0-3||Read report...|
|27 October 2007||Premiership||Newcastle (HOME)||W: 2-1||Read report...|
|30 April 2007||Premiership||Newcastle (HOME)||W: 1-0||Read report...|
|06 December 2006||Premiership||Newcastle (Away)||L: 2-3||Read report...|
|Reading and Newcastle - Head to head record (since August 1994)|
|Games Between Reading and Newcastle||9|
|Average Goals Per Game||3.33|
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