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Reading FC v Fulham: Match Preview

Reading host Fulham aiming to build on three consecutive wins in league and cup competitions; Phil Owtram previews the match-up.

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Reading FC

Form (all comps): WWWDD

Reading striker Matej Vydra is due back in training following a hamstring injury but is not expected to feature. Aaron Tshibola remains out with a long-term injury. Otherwise, manager Brian McDermott has a fully fit squad available.

Reading are unbeaten in five at home in the league but have only won two of those - each against sides in the bottom six positions. That will be music to the ears of Reading fans in that case because that is exactly where Fulham are located, in 20th position. The last time Reading scored more than a single goal at home in the league was nine games ago in November when they beat Bolton 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium. Reading have only scored more than two goals at home on one occasion in their last 32 outings, the 5-1 demolition of Ipswich in September. That seems to rule out another goal fest similar to the one witnessed when these two teams met at The Cottage back in October.

Reading FC vs. Fulham FC:5 March 2016 15:00 KO Madejski Stadium, ReadingReferee: Simon Hooper

Fulham FC

Form (all comps): WWDDL

Fulham defender Richard Stearman is suspended after receiving a red card late in the home defeat by Middlesbrough. Defender Ryan Fredericks (back) is a doubt, while full-back Fernando Amorebieta is available again having served a one-match ban.

Fulham have won just three times on the road in the league this season with their last victory coming last month when they defeat QPR 3-1 at Loftus Road. Their two other victories came against sides that currently reside in the bottom six (Bristol City and Rotherham). Fulham last won at the Madejski Stadium when both sides were in the Premier League back in 2008 when goals from Brian McBride and Erik Nevland sealed the win for The Cottagers. In his six matches in charge manager Slavisa Jokanovic has mustered one win, two draws and three defeats as he aims to keep Fulham away from the relegation zone.

Reading (v Charlton): Ali Al Habsi, P. McShane, C. Gunter, M. Hector, J. Cooper, S. Quinn (D. Rakels 87), H. Robson-Kanu, O. John (G. McCleary 70), O. Norwood (D. Williams 65), J. Obita, Y. Kermorgant.

Fulham (v Middlesbrough): A. Lonergan, M. Madl, C. Baird (Z. Labyad 57), R. Stearman, L. Garbutt, D. Burn, S. Parker, T. Cairney, R. Tunnicliffe (J. Ohara 68), R. Fredericks (M. Dembele 22), R. McCormack.

What The Opposition Think

"The season has been disappointing. There was the hope at the beginning of the year that this squad could at least contend for a playoff spot. Unfortunately that wasn't to be. And to make matters worse, the coaching search took so long that the team actually feel back way too close to the relegation spots for comfort."

You can read Cottagers Confidential's full thoughts on tomorrow's game in View From The Town End.

Last Five Meetings

24 Oct 2015: Fulham 4-2 Reading (League Championship)

17 Jan 2015: Fulham 2-1 Reading (League Championship)

13 Sep 2014: Reading 3-0 Fulham (League Championship)

04 May 2013: Fulham 2-4 Reading (Premier League)

27 Oct 2012: Reading 3-3 Fulham (Premier League)

Head To Head

Reading v Fulham: W:16 D:13 L:19

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Prediction

Reading FC 1-1 Fulham FC