Premier League: Southampton v Reading match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at St Mary's
Friday 07 December 2012
Both of these sides have done little to disprove the pre-season prediction that the pair will be relegated come the end of the season, with both sides in the bottom three ahead of this clash.
One thing that hasn't been a problem for either has been scoring goals, but both have been defensively poor, conceding a total of 32 and 27 goals respectively.
The Saints lie three points ahead of their relegation rivals, in what can only be described as a 'six-pointer' on Saturday afternoon.
Reading have yet to win away this season, whereas the Saints are unbeaten in their last three home game.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Southampton 1 (Lambert) Reading 3 (Le Fondre 2, Roberts), Championship, April 2012
Reading 1 (Leigertwood) Southampton 1 (De Ridder), Championship, October 2011
Southampton 1 (McGoldrick) Reading 1 (Long), Championship, December 2008
Southampton have the worst defensive record in the Premier League - conceding 32 goals so far in the league alone.
Reading have lost their last three matches and find themselves second bottom - just three points above bottom club QPR, who remain winless.
The Saints have a win percentage of just 20 per cent this season.
The Royals have a win percentage of only 7 per cent, only QPR have a worse record in the Premier League.
Southampton to win: 1.97
Reading to win: 4.3
TV: Highlights on BBC 1, 10.30pm
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food