Reading v West Brom

By BBC Sport
Last updated : 07 January 2011

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The tie in context

• This is one of the 12 third round ties bringing together a Premier League and a Championship club.

Gulf in class

• Reading are 12 places lower than the Baggies in the pecking order.


• These clubs met four times last season when they were both in the Championship.

• West Brom won one and drew one of the league games; Reading prevailed after a replay in the FA Cup.

• Albion have never won at the Madejski Stadium.

• The Baggies have drawn four and lost four of their last eight league and cup games on Reading turf, since a 2-0 league win in January 1995.

FA Cup records and best performances

• This is the fourth time they have been drawn to meet each other in the FA Cup.

• Reading lead 2-1 in the head-to-head standings, progressing on both occasions after a replay and extra time, in the third round in 2006 and in the fifth round last year.

• West Brom dismissed the Royals, courtesy of a 2-0 home win in the third round in 1948.

The clubs


Current form

• Won three of five; lost only one of the last 10.

• Conceded one goal in each of their last five games.

• Won their last two at home, and unbeaten in seven at the Madejski since Swansea's visit on 16 October.

FA Cup form

• Quarter-finalists last season, which was their best performance since the club record appearance in the semi-finals in 1927.

• Knocked out Liverpool at this third round stage last season, and then followed up with the Premier League scalp of Burnley.


Current form

• Lost their last five, after beating Newcastle 3-1 at the Hawthorns in the Premier League on 5 December.

• Lost the last four away in league and cup.

• Not won on the road since defeating Everton in the Premier League on 27 November.

FA Cup form

• Last dismissed in the third round in 2006, by Reading.

• The five times winners, who have not lifted the trophy since 1968, have scored in each of their last eight ties, since the 1-0 loss to Portsmouth in the 2008 semi-finals.

Replay date

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 (Kick off: 2000 GMT)

Match officials

Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)

Assistant referees: Mike Cairns and Darren Bond

Fourth official: Mike Russell

Source: BBC Sport

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