Arsenal vs Reading Live Stream and Highlights
Arsenal vs Reading Preview:
Date: March 30, 2013; Time: 3:00 PM GMT;
Venue: Emirates Stadium — London.
Adkins will be lucking for success in his first game. The Royals are seven points out of safety zone, so the former Southampton coach will try to prove his mastership in his first game after being agreed on Tuesday.
Arsenal goes 5th in the EPL standings with 50 points from 29 games, having 14 wins, 8 draws and 7 losses so far this season. They are still hunting for the Tottenham’s final Champions League place. 3rd-placed Chelsea with 55 points and 6th-placed Everton with 48 points are also close to the Champions League final race. Arsenal are 4 points behind Tottenham and has a game in hand. They have won 4 of their last 5 EPL games. Their present form has seen 3 wins and 2 losses from last five games. Last five home matches the Gunners have finished with 1 draw, 2 defeats and 2 wins. Arsenal have won all 11 of their previous fixtures with Reading.
Reading stands 19th in the league table with 23 points from 30 games, winning 5, drawing 8 and losing 17 so far this season. The Royals are 7 points behind the safety line. They replaced Brian McDermott by Nigel Adkins, but it could be too late for them and their new head coach. Their present form has seen 6 straight losses from last 6 games. Also, the Royals have lost 9 of their last 10 away games in the EPL.
Arsenal have a new injured player, after midfielder Abou Diaby was out for around nine months due to a knee ligament injury and will need a surgery. Theo Walcott still has a groin injury. Jack Wilshere is also sidelined with an ankle problem. Kieran Gibbs is doubtful cause of illness.
Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has recovered from injury, but he was sidelined since the beginning of the month, so he could take his place on the bench. Reading new head coach Nigel Adkins will play his first game this Saturday. He will play without Danny Guthrie due to a knee problem and Jimmy Kebe cause of a groin injury.
Arsenal line-up: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla , Podolski, Giroud.
Last three matches:
Swansea City 0 – Arsenal FC 2;
FC Bayern München 0 – Arsenal FC 2;
Tottenham 2 – Arsenal FC 1.
Reading line-up:Taylor, Kelly, Mariappa, Pearce, Shorey, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Pogrebnyak.
Last three matches:
Manchester United 1 – Reading 0;
Reading 1 – Aston Villa 2;
Everton 3 – Reading 1.