Premier League: Reading v Norwich match preview

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

Norwich City will be hoping to continue their good run of form as they travel to lowly Reading on Saturday. Chris Hughton’s men are unbeaten in their past three games, having beaten both Stoke City and Arsenal in the process.

The Canaries are14th in the table, but could climb as high as 11th if they secure their first away win of the season at the Madejski Stadium. Reading, meanwhile, are four points behind 17th-placed Aston Villa following last week’s 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

A home game against Norwich will be seen as the ideal opportunity for the promoted side to secure their first three points of the campaign.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Norwich 2 (Lansbury, Holt) Reading 1 (Long), Championship, February 2011

Reading 3 (Hart, Hunt, Long) Norwich 3 (Martin, Holt, Martin), Championship, November 2010

Norwich 0 Reading 2 (Long 2), Championship, April 2009

 

STATS...

Reading are one of two teams yet to win in the Premier League this term, with five draws and four losses from their opening nine games.

The Royals have scored four of their seven home league goals after the 85th minute.

Norwich have only won one of their last 11 away league games, losing seven, and have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 38 away games in the Premier League - the longest ever such run on the road in the competition.

Brian McDermott’s side have scored the opening goal in five of their last six matches in all competitions, but went on to draw four and lose the other of these five games.

 

CLASSIC MATCH...

The majority of fixtures between these two sides have come in the old Division 3 South and the pair have never played each other in the top flight. The sides' first meeting in the old Division 1 came in December 1995 as they battled out a 3-3 draw.

 

ODDS...

Reading to win: 2.20

Norwich to win: 3.20

Draw: 3.40

 

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