Reading v Man City – Match preview and team news

It could prove to be a rather tame encounter at the Madejski Stadium as long-relegated Reading entertain a Manchester City side still smarting from the unbelievable disappointment of their FA Cup final defeat to Wigan. The Royals picked up their first win since Nigel Adkins replaced Brian McDermott as manager in their last encounter at Fulham and against a City side facing constant speculation that their own boss Roberto Mancini is due to be sacked imminently and replaced by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini. Midfielder Hope Akpan could be available after missing…

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Reading v QPR – Match preview and team news

The clash between the league’s bottom two sides could finally spell the end of one of either Reading or QPR’s dismal seasons in the Premier League. After being granted a stay of execution following Aston Villa’s thumping defeat at Manchester United on Monday night, both sides know that the winner at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon will relegate the loser, while a draw would only delay that fate for both sides for another week. Reading are still searching for their first win under new boss Nigel Adkins and the…

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Norwich v Reading – Match preview and team news

Norwich welcome a Reading side to Carrow Road that still look doomed for a return to the Championship. The Canaries have been sliding of late though Chris Hughton will take heart from the impressive display his side put in at the Emirates last week, where only three goals in the last 10 minutes from Arsenal denied Norwich a shock victory. Currently standing on 35 points, Hughton’s men remain just four points off the drop zone and so the visit of the division’s bottom club will surely represent a must-win three…

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Adkins hails McCarthy after Reading’s draw with Liverpool

Nigel Adkins has hailed the attitude of his reading players, particularly young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy after the stopper helped the Royals earn a point against Liverpool at the weekend, according to the Liverpool Echo. Reading are struggling in the Premier League, but the keeper put in an heroic display to help keep an impressive clean sheet in front of the club’s faithful at the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday. The former Southampton boss said: “All the headlines will be about Alex McCarthy. He’s put in a fantastic display even though he’s…

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Reading v Liverpool – Match preview and team news

Nigel Adkins is still in search of his first point since being appointed Reading manager as the Royals continue to tumble towards the Championship. After already being in a difficult position when put in charge to succeed Brian McDermott, Adkins has suffered losses to both Arsenal and more demoralisingly, at home to former club Southampton to leave the Royals rock-bottom of the Premier League table, with the increasingly unlikely task of having to overturn an eight-point deficit with only six games to go. Adkins continues to be without winger Jimmy…

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Reading v Southampton – Match preview and team news

Nigel Adkins takes charge of his first home as Reading manager and by a twist of fate, welcomes former club Southampton to the Madejski Stadium. The former Scunthorpe boss was controversially sacked in late January despite leading the Saints to two successive promotions and 15th in their debut season back in the Premier League. The job he has inherited at Reading looks a rather more difficult prospect than keeping Southampton up would have been. Indeed, the Royals’ disappointing 4-1 collapse at Arsenal last week was their sixth league defeat in…

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Former Reading boss McDermott tipped to replace Warnock at Leeds

Brian McDermott, sacked by Premier League Reading in March, could be in line to replace Neil Warnock as Leeds United manager after Warnock resigned on Monday, according to the Daily Mail. Warnock left Elland Road after a 2-1 home defeat to Derby County, with Leeds lying 12th in the Championship table and out of the play-off mix. Warnock had previously said he would end his tenure at the club if they did not reach the play-offs, and also claimed his post at Leeds would be his last in football. The…

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Arsenal v Reading – Match preview and team news

Arsenal will be confident of banking three points at home to relegation-threatened Reading that will keep up their chase for a place in next season’s Champions League. The Gunners have been on a good run of league form of late, with only one defeat in their last seven outings despite exiting both the Champions League and FA Cup within that period. Arsene Wenger has been beset by injury problems since his side’s impressive 2-0 win at Swansea in their last fixture. After delaying Jack Wilshere’s comeback for another two weeks,…

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McDermott didn’t want to spend at Reading, says Zingarevich

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich insists that he offered funds to improve the Royals’ squad in January but was turned down by a reluctant Brian McDermott, according to Sky Sports. The Madejski Stadium chief removed ex-boss McDermott from his position earlier this month, with the 51-year-old having failed to pull the club away from the Premier League drop zone. But Zingarevich, who replaced McDermott with former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins on Tuesday, refutes claims that he failed to provide finances to invest in the Reading squad, also revealing that Adkins will…

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Adkins appointed Reading boss

Premier League strugglers Reading have appointed former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins as their new manager, the BBC has reported. Reading sacked Brian McDermott earlier in March after a run of defeats threatened the Royals’ top flight future. McDermott had previously been named manager of the month for January and took Reading to promotion from the Championship last season. Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet was given permission by the Championship club to speak to Reading about the vacancy, but the Uruguayan elected to stay with his current employers. Former…

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Brighton boss Poyet turns down Reading job

Gus Poyet has chosen to remain with Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion rather than take on the challenge of keeping Reading in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror has reported. Poyet met with the Reading hierarchy on Wednesday and asked for a day to make his decision, the newspaper adds, with the Royals said to be confident the Uruguayan would take the position at the Madejski Stadium. However, Poyet has chosen to remain with promotion-chasing Albion, forcing Reading to turn to one of their other options. The former Chelsea…

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Reading push the boat out to tempt Poyet from Brighton

Reading are hopeful that the promise of a hefty transfer budget regardless of the club’s Premier League status will be enough to tempt Gus Poyet to quit Brighton and Hove Albion in favour of the Royals, the Daily Mail has reported. Poyet is said to want 24 hours to consider the move, which would see Reading pay Brighton a compensation fee of £2.5m, since Poyet has three years remaining on what the Mail describes as a lucrative contract with the Seagulls. The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is understood…

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Man Utd vs Reading – Match preview and team news

League leaders Manchester United will look to maintain their strong position at the top of the table with victory over manager less Reading at Old Trafford. United are 12 points clear at the top, ahead of reigning champions Manchester City, and have looked formidable in the Premier League. There will be concerns about how easily they surrendered a two goal lead in the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea, who took the game to a replay with a 2-2 draw. Nemanja Vidic and Robin Van Persie could return to the starting…

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Reading speak to Brighton with Poyet on manager’s shortlist

Premier League strugglers Reading have composed a six-name shortlist of candidates to replace Brian McDermott, who was sacked on Monday, with the Daily Mirror claiming the Royals have already approached Brighton and Hove Albion over their manager, former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gus Poyet. The Uruguayan has been in charge of the Seagulls since 2009, taking the south coast club out of League One and into the Championship. Brighton are currently seventh in the second tier, on the fringes of the play-offs, only a point behind sixth-place Nottingham Forest,…

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Di Canio in Reading talks

Former West Ham forward and Swindon Town manager Paulo Di Canio is in talks to take over at Premier League strugglers Reading, the Daily Mirror has reported, after the Royals sacked manager Brian McDermott on Monday. McDermott was sacked days after Reading lost at home to fellow relegation strugglers Aston Villa, the Madejski Stadium side’s fourth straight defeat. The loss leaves Reading second bottom of the division, above Queens Park Rangers only on goals scored. Di Canio watched Reading’s defeat to Aston Villa from the stands and left League One…

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Reading v Aston Villa – Match preview and team news

Reading face off against Aston Villa at the Madejski in what must rank as the most crucial match in both sides’ respective seasons to date. The Royals currently occupy 19th position in the Premier League, just a single position and point behind Villa, who slipped to yet another defeat at home to Manchester City on Monday night to leave Paul Lambert’s young side inside the bottom three courtesy of the worst goal difference in the division. Brian McDermott will be anxious to get his side back to winning ways with…

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Everton v Reading – Match preview and team news

Everton are looking to build on successfully securing a place in the FA Cup quarter finals by reviving their faltering challenge for a top four place. The Toffees have taken only one point from their last three league games to leave them in sixth place, seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea and worryingly, only two and three points ahead of West Brom and Liverpool respectively. Questions have been raised over David Moyes’ decision to prioritise the FA Cup in recent weeks over his side’s quest for the Champions League given the…

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Reading vs Wigan – Match preview and team news

Reading host Wigan Athletic at the Madejski Stadium in arguably the most important fixture of both sides’ season as the race for survival heats up. The Royals have grabbed 11 points from their last five games at home, whereas Wigan have just one win in 13 games since a 3-2 win over Reading at the DW Stadium in November. Wigan have the experience to combat this relegation battle. This is the Latics’ eighth consecutive season in the top-flight and they continue to defy the odds and beat the drop. Last…

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Premier League hopes to introduce goal-line technology next season

The Premier League wants to have goal-line technology in place by the start of next season after it was confirmed by FIFA that the 2013 Confederations Cup, held in Brazil a year before the World Cup takes place, will be the first time goal-line technology is used in more than a trial, Sky Sports has reported. A year ago the Premier League met with the two leading goal-line technology providers, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, with plans put in place then to introduce GLT in the top flight. GLT was tested in…

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Manchester United v Reading – FA Cup preview and team news

Manchester United look set to rotate their squad after the exertions of their midweek 1-1 Champions League draw with Real Madrid. With the Red Devils currently 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson can certainly afford to give some of his bigger names a rest at home to Reading as he continues his quest for a first FA Cup since 2004, having only reached one more final (in 2007) since then. Nemanja Vidic looks set to return to central-defence after Jonny Evans was preferred…

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Stoke v Reading – Match preview and team news

Stoke will certainly fancy their chances of turning Reading over at the Britannia and in doing so, picking up their much-needed first win of 2013. After surprising everyone with their 10-match unbeaten run just before the end of last year, the Potters season appears to have hit a brick wall with some extremely poor performances of late, though their slender defeat at Arsenal last week at least hinted at a return to the solidity we have come to expect from Tony Pulis’ side. Pulis could hand a debut to American…

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Premier League club agree spending controls

Premier League clubs have voted to introduce new financial regulations that could see points deductions for teams found to have breached the spending controls, the BBC has reported. Clubs will not be allowed to post a financial loss of more than £105m over the next three seasons, and must limit their total wage bill from next season, the BBC adds. Spending on football investment – in stadia or youth academies, for example – will be exempt from the regulations, however. Inspired by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, the league clubs…

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Reading v Sunderland – Match preview and team news

The Royals are one of the league’s in-form sides having taken three wins and a draw from their last five games, with the only defeat coming at Tottenham Hotspur after taking an early lead at White Hart Lane. Indeed, Adam Le Fondre’s late double to claw back a point against Chelsea in midweek has taken Brian McDermott’s men out of the relegation zone, albeit only on goal-difference, ahead of Wigan and Aston Villa. McDermott is sweating on the fitness of striker Noel Hunt, who may undergo a fitness test due…

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Reading failed with record bid for Tottenham’s Sigurdsson

Brian McDermott has revealed that Reading made a deadline day bid for Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, according to BBC Sport. The 23-year-old Iceland international, who joined Spurs last summer following a successful loan spell at fellow Premier League outfit Swansea, was the subject of a club record £10m offer from the Royals, but the North Londoners were resolute in their refusal to sell the player. The deal would have seen the former Hoffenheim star return to the Madejski Stadium, where he made 42 appearances and scored 20 goals during a…

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