Reading vs. Fulham / Championship – On Friday night, there are four more matches on the program within the 24th round of the English Championship, and the most interesting of them is certainly this one between the third Reading and eighth Fulham, which now has seven points less. However, the guests from London not lost for five games, while their great series began with a home win 5-0 against Reading, which they last year defeated at home with 4-2, and as guests played a draw with 2-2. Begins: 30.12.2016. – 21:00 CET
Of course to the recent debacle in London will now be only an additional motivation to the players of Reading to win all three points against Fulham on Friday night, especially since they are playing great this season at home, and now have the effect of eight wins, three draws and just one defeat. Thus, they won a maximum 15 points in the past five home matches, and this was against some very strong opponents, while they two rounds ago come to a very important away victory over Blackburn, while they previously lost points in London against Fulham and in Leeds against the team that has the same name.
Because of these poor performances away, Reading is at the moment lagging eight points behind the leading Brighton and six for the second-ranked Newcastle. On the other hand it is very crowded behind them, and so for example the seventh Derby has only four points behind. We must also point out that the team of Reading, which is led by Dutch coach Stam from the bench, achieves and receives a lot of goals this season, so that is why we can also expect a fully open and interesting game now against Fulham. As for absences due to injury, they cannot count only on defender Obita, midfielder Quinn and striker Rakels.
Probable lineups Reading: Al-Habsi – Gunter, McShane, Moore, Blackett – van den Berg, Williams, Kelly – McCleary, Kermorgant, Beerens
As for the guests from London, we have already in the introduction said that they are welcoming this clash with Reading after a series of five matches without defeat, while they also during this period made three wins and two draws. It has all actually began with a home win of up to 5-0 against Reading, and after that they celebrated at home against Rotherham and away against Ipswich, and they played a draw with Wolverhampton and at home against Derby.
But what certainly attracts attention is the fact that coach Jokanovic’s players during this period scored even 15, but also received seven goals, so it is quite clear that they are recently playing a bit more offensive. Because of this, it will now be very interesting to see how it will all look like in a duel with another offensive team, especially because Fulham is currently lagging four points for positions that lead to the playoffs. We should also add that Jokanovic still cannot count on defender Kalasa and midfielders Sanchez and Christensen due to injuries.
Probable lineups Fulham: Button – Fredericks, Madl, Sigurdsson, Malone – Johansen, McDonald – Aluko, Cairney, Ayite – Martin
Reading vs. Fulham PICK
As we mentioned in our analysis, both teams are recently playing extremely offensively, so it is quite logical that we expect goals on both sides of the field in their mutual duel.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.67 at comeon (down to 1.63 can be played)