Premier League: Reading v Everton match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Madejski Stadium

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Reading's task of ending their winless run of seven games in all competitions gets no easier on Saturday, as they prepare to host Everton.

David Moyes' men sit in fourth place on the Premier League table, having suffered just one league loss in 11 matches to be in the Champions League places early in the season.

Conversely, Reading have not won since their 3-2 triumph away to QPR in September, despite leading in five of their seven games in all competitions since - including coughing up a 4-0 lead over Arsenal in the League Cup.

They are three points deep into the relegation zone, but have a game in hand on nearby Aston Villa, not that that would be of great relief to boss Brian McDermott.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm


Everton 0 Reading 1 (Mills), FA Cup, March 2011

Everton 1 (Jagielka) Reading 0, Premier League, February 2008

Reading 1 (Hunt) Everton 0, Premier League, August 2007


A quarter of the goals Reading have conceded this season have been after the end of 90

Everton have made an uncharacteristically good start to the current season, and that may be down to their excellent away form. The Toffees have lost just once away from Merseyside in their past 11 games, with seven draws and three wins.

The Goodison Park club have trailed in each of their last six Premier League games, but have bounced back to win or draw in all of those fixtures - a record unmatched in Premier League history minutes


Reading to win: 4.0

Everton to win: 1.80

Draw: 3.50

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm