Reading face a trip to Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Royals will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 11 and win only 5 of the 21 games.
The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in October 2004, with Reading inflicting a narrow 0 - 1 defeat upon the Potters in a Championship match.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2004/2005||Sat 06 Nov||Reading||1 - 0||Stoke City||CHMP|
|2004/2005||Sat 16 Oct||Stoke City||0 - 1||Reading||CHMP|
|2003/2004||Sat 13 Mar||Reading||0 - 0||Stoke City||CHMP|
|2003/2004||Sat 13 Dec||Stoke City||3 - 0||Reading||CHMP|
|2002/2003||Sun 04 May||Stoke City||1 - 0||Reading||CHMP|
|2002/2003||Sat 28 Sep||Reading||1 - 1||Stoke City||CHMP|
|2001/2002||Sat 23 Feb||Reading||1 - 0||Stoke City||LGE1|
Recent respective form guides
Stoke City have had an average home run of late, winning and losing 3 each of the last six games. While Potters have scored 8, a worringly large 11 have been leaked at the other end.
The Royals have had a decent run of form away from home recently, unbeaten in the last six, but with four of them resulting in draws. Just 6 goals have scored in these games, though to be fair only a measly 2 have been let in at the wrong end.
Stoke City's 19 points from 14 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 9th position. Reading are holding the final promotion place in the Coca Cola Championship, and have accumulated 31 points from the 14 games they have played so far.
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FootyMad's prediction ...
Reading are in reasonable form away from home coming into this match, and the Madmen are quite confident that they should come away with a comfortable victory from this contest. Away win
|Stoke City||7 games since last home draw.|
Not drawn a match in their last 10 .
|Reading||Previous 2 away games have finished all-square.|
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
16 games since last defeat.