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History of the Sunderland v Reading fixture

Reading travel to take on Sunderland at Stadium Of Light on Saturday evening, in the first showdown between the sides for more than five years.

The last time the two teams met at Sunderland was back in February 1998, over five years ago, when they eased past their opponents in a high-scoring 4 - 1 thriller, in a League Division One match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
1997/1998Tue 17 FebSunderland4 - 1ReadingLD1
1997/1998Sat 04 OctReading4 - 0SunderlandLD1
1995/1996Sat 16 DecReading1 - 1SunderlandLD1
1995/1996Sat 30 SepSunderland2 - 2ReadingLD1
1994/1995Sat 03 DecSunderland0 - 1ReadingLD1
1994/1995Sat 22 OctReading0 - 2SunderlandLD1
1986/1987Sat 31 JanReading1 - 0SunderlandDIV2

Recent respective form guides

Sunderland's home form is poor, winning just 2 of the last six, and losing the other 4. While Black Cats have scored 5, a worringly large 9 have been leaked at the other end.

Reading's away form is none too clever either, coming away with three points on 3 occassions, but drawing 1 and losing 2. The games have constituted a decent return of 11 goals for the Royals, and 5 goals against.

Sunderland's 13 points from 8 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 9th position. Reading lie just outside the playoff positions in the Nationwide League Division One, picking up 14 from their 8 games so far.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

A creditable return from recent away games for Royals could well see them head back from Stadium Of Light with a share of the spoils, think the FootyMad panel. Score draw

Sequence statistics:
Sunderland11 games since last home draw.
Not won in the 2 most recent games.
Reading5 games since last away draw.
Last drawn game 5 outings ago.