Reading v Swansea

By BBC Sport
Last updated : 15 October 2010

Swansea City have been boosted by the return to fitness of Scott Sinclair (hamstring), Darren Pratley (shoulder) and David Cotterill (groin).

Midfielder Joe Allen has also been nursing a groin problem and faces a fitness test, but he too is expected to be passed fit for the game.

MATCH PREVIEW

Having made a victorious return to Watford before the international break, Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers is now looking for what would be a shock victory against his other former club.

His team may have their work cut out, though. A year ago Rodgers endured a dismal brief spell as Reading manager, during which their home form was awful. But they won six in a row at the Madejski Stadium following his departure, and have won - and kept clean sheets in - their last three matches there.

In fact Reading have recorded 12 home league victories in 2010 - more than any other team in the Championship. That sums up the scale of the task facing City, whose success at Watford was their first away win under Rodgers.

Three victories from their last five matches mean the Swans head to Berkshire in good form. But these two clubs were in the bottom division when they recorded their last win at Reading: a 2-1 triumph at the Royals' former home, Elm Park, over 25 years ago.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

• Reading are unbeaten in 10 home matches against Swansea (W7 D3).

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Reading

• Reading have bagged seven points out of nine, and 14 points out of 21, lifting them from 18th to seventh.

• The Royals have scored seven goals in the final 15 minutes of Championship matches this season - more than any other team.

• They have also won more corners (87), and had more fouls committed against them (142) than any other side in the division.

Swansea

• Swansea have won all four of the matches this season in which they have scored more than one goal.

• They are scoring on average a goal per game away from home (five in five), and are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road.

Source: BBC Sport

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