FootyMAD's Sheffield United match preview

Last updated : 23 October 2003 By Footymad Previewer
History of the Sheffield United v Reading fixture

Reading face a trip to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Friday evening, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Royals will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them taste defeat on 7 occassions, and draw 4, from the 12 games played.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in February 2003, as the visitors ran out cosy 1 - 3 winners in a League Division One match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2002/2003Tue 18 FebSheff Utd1 - 3ReadingLD1
2002/2003Sat 14 DecReading0 - 2Sheff UtdLD1
1997/1998Sat 14 MarSheff Utd4 - 0ReadingLD1
1997/1998Fri 13 FebSheff Utd1 - 0ReadingFAC
1997/1998Tue 04 NovReading0 - 1Sheff UtdLD1
1996/1997Sat 29 MarSheff Utd2 - 0ReadingLD1
1996/1997Sat 17 AugReading1 - 0Sheff UtdLD1

Recent respective form guides

Sheffield United are showing reasonable home form, having won four and lost two from the last six played. A total of 13 goals have been scored by the Blades in those games, with 7 conceded.

Reading have an average recent record on the road, winning and losing 3 each of the last six games. The Royals's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 10 goals for and 8 against.

Sheff Utd are just outside the promotion places, in 3rd, having taken 27 points from 14 games. Reading's 21 points from 14 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 10th position.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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FootyMad's prediction ...

The Royals are doing reasonably well on their travels in recent games, but FootyMad think this will not be enough to stop what should be a relatively comfortable home win for Sheff Utd. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Sheff Utd Been beaten in each of their previous 2 home matches.
Failed to win in previous 2 home matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 10 .
Reading Lost each of the previous 2 away matches.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
No win in the 3 most recent games.