FootyMAD's Southampton match preview

Last updated : 27 December 2008 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Southampton v Reading fixture

Reading pack their bags to visit Southampton at St. Marys on Sunday afternoon, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 16 games played, Royals have recorded 2 wins, and Southampton have come away with 7 victories.

The previous match played between the two at St. Marys was more than three years back, in September 2005, when they played out a goalless draw in a Championship match.

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

Recent encounters between the teams:
2008/2009Sat 22 NovReading1 - 2SouthamptonCHMP
2005/2006Fri 10 FebReading2 - 0SouthamptonCHMP
2005/2006Wed 28 SepSouthampton0 - 0ReadingCHMP
1996/1997Sat 04 JanReading3 - 1SouthamptonFAC
1995/1996Tue 28 NovReading2 - 1SouthamptonLGEC
1987/1988Sat 09 JanReading0 - 1SouthamptonFAC
1978/1979Tue 14 NovSouthampton2 - 0ReadingLGEC

Recent respective form guides

Southampton need to improve on their recent home record of just 3 draws from the previous six. Saints have conceded a disappointing 7 goals in this period, and managed to convert only 3 of their own chances.

Reading's away form is none too clever either, tasting just one defeat in their last six, and picking up four good wins. Those games have seen the Royals pummel 12 goals, and let in 5.

Southampton are hovering perilously just above the relegation zone, with 22 points from 25 matches. Reading are holding the final promotion place in the Coca-Cola Championship, and have accumulated 50 points from the 25 games they have played so far.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Reading are in great form out on the road, so much so that the Madmen confidently predict a comfortable three points from their visit to Southampton. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Southampton Failed to win in previous 7 home matches.
Latest 4 games ended in defeat.
Not won in the 7 most recent games.
Reading Undefeated in last 5 away games.
8 games since last defeat.