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Last updated : 18 April 2008 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Arsenal v Reading fixture

Reading face a trip to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium at lunchtime on Saturday, looking to break their duck against the hosts. On each previous occasion, the match has ended in defeat for the Royals.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in March 2007, the Gunners carving out a narrow 2 - 1 victory in a Premiership match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2007/2008Mon 12 NovReading1 - 3ArsenalPREM
2006/2007Sat 03 MarArsenal2 - 1ReadingPREM
2006/2007Sun 22 OctReading0 - 4ArsenalPREM
2005/2006Tue 29 NovArsenal3 - 0ReadingLGEC
1986/1987Sat 10 JanReading1 - 3ArsenalFAC
1971/1972Sat 05 FebReading1 - 2ArsenalFAC
1967/1968Wed 11 OctArsenal1 - 0ReadingLGEC

Recent respective form guides

Arsenal remain unbeaten in their last six home games, though five of those have been draws. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 6 to 4.

The away form of Reading is pretty dire, chalking up just 1 victory, with 5 defeats, from the last six. Royals have conceded 10 goals in these games, and only hit 3 in reply.

Arsenal sit in a healthy 3rd in the league, and have picked up 71 points from their 34 games. Reading are hovering perilously just above the relegation zone, with 32 points from 34 matches.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

FootyMad see this game edging towards a narrow win for the Gunners, as the Royals have been none too clever on the road in recent matches. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Arsenal Drawn last 5 games at home.
Failed to win in previous 5 home matches.
Latest 2 games ended in defeat.
Not won in the 4 most recent games.
Reading Lost each of the previous 2 away matches.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
An overall losing run of 2 games.
No win in the 3 most recent games.