Reading v Burnley

By Angus Muller
Last updated : 06 January 2007

Madejski Stadium
Saturday 6 January
Third Round
Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
Replay date (if required) : Tues, 16 Jan, 1945 GMT
Coverage on the BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Five Live & highlights on MOTD

Reading duo Dave Kitson and Bobby Convey are due to return after recovering from long-term injuries.

Boss Steve Coppell is likely to rest several first-team players, with Adam Federici set to make his debut in goal.

Ade Akinbiyi could feature for Burnley after rejoining the club this week but Michael Duff is suspended.

Frank Sinclair is a doubt with a groin problem, while goalkeeper Danny Coyne (hamstring) and top scorer Andy Gray (foot) remain on the sidelines.

Reading (from): Federici, De la Cruz, Halls, Bikey, Sodje, Golbourne, Oster, Convey, Seol, Long, Lita, Hunt, Kitson, Hahnemann, Ingimarsson, Doyle.


READING have taken the Premiership by storm in their first ever season at the highest level. Now they have opportunity to show their superiority against Championship outfit Burnley, boosting by a 6-0 steamrollering of West Ham at the "Mad Stad" on New Year's Day - their first victory in seven outings.

The 1927 semi-finalists are looking for a place in the fourth round for the third season running. They've not been knocked out by lower League opposition for five years, since Division Three York City won a second round clash at Bootham Crescent in December 2001.

The Royals are 23 places higher on the League ladder than their Lancashire opponents, and are unbeaten in five League matches against them.

BURNLEY were beaten by Derby at this stage last season. It was their first third round exit in five seasons.

The 1914 winners, lead Reading 1-0 in the FA Cup head-to-head standings. They've not met in the competition since February 1965 when the Clarets won a fourth round replay 1-0 at Turf Moor. Scottish Under 23 International forward Andy Lochhead scored the goal.

Steve Cotterill's side have been in freefall of late, without a win in six, and without a goal in three. They've lost the last two, and only claimed one victory in 10 League outings (home to Leeds). The Championship club could really do with a morale boosting Cup victory. They've not won on Reading turf for over a quarter of a century, since prevailing in a third tier clash in April 1981.

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