FootyMAD's Crystal Palace match preview

Last updated : 19 January 2006 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Crystal Palace v Reading fixture

Reading face a trip to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Friday evening, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 34 games played, Royals have recorded 10 wins, and Crystal Palace have come away with 12 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was was two seasons ago, in March 2004, where the two teams cancelled each other out in an enthralling 2 - 2 draw in a League Division One match.

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

Recent encounters between the teams:
2005/2006Tue 13 SepReading3 - 2Crystal PalaceCHMP
2003/2004Sat 06 MarCrystal Palace2 - 2ReadingCHMP
2003/2004Sat 20 DecReading0 - 3Crystal PalaceCHMP
2002/2003Sat 15 MarReading2 - 1Crystal PalaceCHMP
2002/2003Tue 26 NovCrystal Palace0 - 1ReadingCHMP
1996/1997Wed 23 AprCrystal Palace3 - 2ReadingCHMP
1996/1997Sat 21 SepReading1 - 6Crystal PalaceCHMP

Recent respective form guides

Crystal Palace are in decent form at home, having won four and drawn two of their last six games, These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 12 goals for the Eagles, with 3 goals against.

The Royals have had a decent run of form away from home recently, with 3 victories and just 1 loss from the last six. The games have constituted a decent return of 9 goals for the Royals, and 4 goals against.

Crystal Palace's total of 47 points from their 27 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Coca Cola Championship. Reading are leading the way in the Coca Cola Championship, with their 29 games giving them a return of 72 points.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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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

Sequence statistics:
Crystal Palace Won 3 successive home games.
4 games since last home draw.
Won their latest 6 matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 7 .
Reading Previous 2 away games have finished all-square.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
11 games since last defeat.