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Reading - QPR (Premier League) - Match Preview

Next season, this will be a fixture in the second tier of English football. A shame for both sides - one of which invested over-the-top in an attempt to stay in the Premier League, another which arguably didn't do enough. Whoever loses is relegated. Whoever doesn't will probably be relegated next week anyway. Fun times...

Clive Rose

Form Guide (all competitions, most recent result first)

Reading: L, D, L, L, L, L

QPR: L, L, D, L, L, W

As you would expect from the bottom two, the form is pretty dire for both teams. Reading's only positive result since the first game of February was that 0-0 draw against Liverpool, for which we had Alex McCarthy to thank for salvaging the clean sheet and point. Most worryingly, the Royals have scored just once in their last four home games. QPR, meanwhile, haven't had the best of things either. A brief revival under Harry Redknapp was far too short to sustain that charge towards survival, and they find themselves above Reading only on goal difference.

Team News:

A few injury worries for Reading - Jimmy Kebe is perenially injured and so unavailable, as is Hope Akpan. Hal Robson-Kanu is available for selection again after overcoming his injury. In terms of the selection, Nigel Adkins might change things up some more to freshen the team up and make them fight for a place next season.

Likely Reading Lineup:

McCarthy; Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly; McCleary, Karacan, McAnuff, Guthrie, Robson-Kanu; Pogrebnyak

Best Odds:

Reading 13/8; Draw 5/2, QPR 19/10

The Tilehurst End Prediction:

Positive signs are coming and I think the Royals are due a good performance, or at least a win! This could be the ideal opportunity against a QPR side full of players likely to be thinking of where they can escape to next season. I'll go 3-2 to the Royals.