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On January 30th Reading takes on Chelsea at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Relegation-fighting Royals will try to get their first league three points over the Blues since 1930. Brian McDermott’s team have won their last four matches in all competitions, while their west London rivals have shown unconfident form on the last two away games.

Reading are eighteenth in the Premier League with nineteen points aftwer twenty three games. The Royals are just one point behind of survival zone. They have four wins, seven draws and twelve defeats so far this season. Reading have been very impressive lately with four straight wins and just one defeat in their last five matches. Last five home games have finished with three wins, one draw and one loss.

Chelsea goes third in the league table with forty five points after twenty three games, having won thirteen, drawn six and lost four. They are eleven points behind the league leaders Manchester United.  Chelsea have won two and drawn three of their last five games. Last five away matches have seen three wins and two draws.  Chelsea are involved into a scandal with Eden Hazard (suspended) and a ball-boy last week.

 

Reading head coach Brian McDermott has an almost fully-fit team to choose from. Only keeper Alex McCarthy with shoulder problems is out, so Adam Federici will continue at the goal. Also Jason Roberts with hip injury remains sidelined. Pavel Pogrebnyak is expected to start instead of him. The Royals’ won with the score 4-0 in the FA Cup against Sheffield United this weekend.

Chelsea will play without banned Eden Hazard, after he kicked an annoying bal-lboy in the Capital One Cup against Swasea. Also Ryan Bertrand could start on the left wing instead of Marko Marin. Nigerian players Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are on the AFCON, while Oriol Romeu is out due to knee injury. John Terry played in the FA Cup against Brentford, but is more likely that he will sit on the bench against Reading. David Luiz is still under doubt. Fernando Torres should continue in attack.

 

Reading line-up: Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, Leigertwood, Guthrie, McAnuff, Kebe, Pogrebnyak, McCleary.

Reading

Last three games:

Reading 4 – Sheffield Utd. 0;

Newcastle 1 – Reading 2;

Reading 3 – West Bromwich Albion 2.

 

Chelsea line-up: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Bertrand, Torres.

Chelsea

Last three games:

Brentford 2 – Chelsea FC 2;

Swansea 0 – Chelsea FC 0;

Chelsea FC 2 – Arsenal 1.

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