menu Essentials
.

Another tough visit for West Brom.

Last updated: February 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

. .

Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Madejski Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDLWD
Away form: WWLDD
Last meeting: 3-2
Competition: The FA Cup

West Bromwich Albion went through to the 5th round with a very big dose of luck! The Baggies had to replay in the 3rd and 4th rounds of the tournament in order to qualify for the match against Reading. Tony Pulis’ lads won on penalties against Peterborough in the previous round. On the other hand, The Baggies have lost only 1 of their last 7 matches in all competitions. However, the visit to The Madejski Stadium will be difficult, for sure.

The Baggies showed a great defensive performance in their last Premier League game against Everton. West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 against The Toffees at Goodison Park. The only goal of the game was scored by Salomon Rondon in the 14th minute.

Reading are lying in 15th position in the standings of The Championship. So, The Royals only ambition now is concentrated on The FA Cup. Moreover, they are unbeaten at home in 6 consecutive games (all tournaments). Reading have lost only 3 of 16 matches in The Championship this season at The Madejski Stadium! That’s why West Brom will struggle against The Royals.


Team News

Saido Berahino is expected to start again for West Bromwich Albion. The striker has scored 3 goals in The FA Cup this campaign.

Gareth McAuley of West Brom has a hamstring problem. The defender will surely miss the visit to The Madejski Stadium.

Callum McManaman and James Morrison are also injured for The Baggies. Neither will be selected by Tony Pulis for the upcoming fixture.

Reading’s top goal-scorer, Nick Blackman, has recently been sold to Derby County so, The Royals will rely on Vydra to secure the goals.


Expected line-ups:

.
Reading (4-2-3-1): Al Habsi, McShane, Cooper, Gunter, Obita, Hector, Norwood, Quinn, Piazon, Robson-Kanu, Vydra.
Subs McCleary, Rakels, Bond, Evans, Ferdinand, John, Barrett.
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available: Kermogrant (played for Bournemouth)
.
WBA (4-4-1-1): Foster, Dawson, Evans, Olsson, Chester, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Yacob, Berahino, Rondon.
Subs Anichebe, Ward, Lambert, Pocognoli, Brunt, Sessegnon, Myhill
Injured: Morrison, McAuley, McManaman.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Comparison

. . .
Reading this season West Bromwich this season
Brian McDermott Head coach Tony Pulis
The Championship Division The Premier League
15 League Position 14
4-0 vs. Walsall (home) 4th round result (p)1-1 vs. Peterborough (away)
Semi-finalists (2) Biggest success in The FA Cup Winners (5)
Semi-finalists Last campaign in The FA Cup 6th round
Vydra (6) Top scorers in The FA Cup Berahino (3)
Cooper, Piazon, John, Norwood, Quinn (1) Assist leader in The FA Cup Dawson (2)
  • Reading have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 FA Cup matches. The Royals smashed Walsall 4-0 in the previous round of the tournament.
  • There has been the option ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in Reading’s last 3 cup matches. The Royals play in a completely different way in The Championship (2 consecutive 0-0 draws).
  • The last match between these two teams was simply incredible. Reading turned things around after being 0-2 down with 10 minutes to go.
  • The Royals have won 6 of 10 home games against The Baggies. West Brom have recorded only 1 victory at The Madejski Stadium.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
12/01/13 The Premier League Reading 3-2 West Bromwich R. Lukaku 19′
22/09/12 The Premier League West Bromwich 1-0 Reading R. Lukaku 71′
08/01/11 The FA Cup Reading 1-0 West Bromwich S. Long 41′
27/03/10 The Championship Reading 1-1 West Bromwich G. Sigurðsson 6′
24/02/10 The FA Cup West Bromwich 2-3(AET) Reading R. Koren 6′