Reading face a trip to Birmingham City at St Andrew's at lunchtime on Saturday, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 11 games played, Royals have recorded 3 wins, and Birmingham C. have come away with 4 victories.
The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in December 2007, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1 - 1 final scoreline in a Premier League match.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2007/2008||Sat 22 Mar||Reading||2 - 1||Birmingham C.||PREM|
|2007/2008||Sat 15 Dec||Birmingham C.||1 - 1||Reading||PREM|
|2006/2007||Sat 27 Jan||Birmingham C.||2 - 3||Reading||FAC|
|2005/2006||Tue 07 Feb||Birmingham C.||2 - 1||Reading||FAC|
|2005/2006||Sat 28 Jan||Reading||1 - 1||Birmingham C.||FAC|
|1997/1998||Sat 31 Jan||Reading||2 - 0||Birmingham C.||CHMP|
|1997/1998||Sat 23 Aug||Birmingham C.||3 - 0||Reading||CHMP|
Recent respective form guides
Birmingham City have an excellent home record, winning five and losing just one of the last six games. A total of 12 goals have been scored by the Blues in those games, with 7 conceded.
The Royals have had a decent run of form away from home recently, coming away with three points on 3 occasions, but drawing 1 and losing 2. The games have constituted a decent return of 10 goals for the Royals, and 3 goals against.
Birmingham C. are holding the final promotion place in the Coca-Cola Championship, and have accumulated 47 points from the 23 games they have played so far. Reading are just outside the promotion places, in 3rd, having taken 46 points from 23 games.
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FootyMad's prediction ...
This promises to be an excellent test for the in-form Royals, but one which I believe will end in stalemate. Score draw
|Birmingham C.||Won 3 successive home games.|
13 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 3 .
|Reading||Undefeated in last 4 away games.|
Won each of the previous 4 matches.
Last drawn game 5 outings ago.