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WhoScored.com, who offer the largest online database for detailed football statistics, preview the top matches this weekend

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Reading seven points from safety as they fail to halt leaders' seeming stroll to 20th League title

Rio Ferdinand pictured in Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea

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Christian Benteke of Aston Villa shoots past Stephen Kelly of Reading to score their first goal

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Harry Redknapp expressed his wish for Samba a month ago

Aston Villa v QPR: Junior Hoilett relishing 'really important' relegation scrap

The two sides meet at Villa Park this weekend

Brian McDermott

Reading caretaker Eamonn Dolan unsure of future beyond Manchester United

Brian McDermott was sacked this week

Brian McDermott

Reading caretaker Eamonn Dolan expected to take charge of match against Manchester United

Dolan, formerly the head of the academy, was placed in temporary charge

Paolo Di Canio was still the bookmakers’ favourite last night to replace Brian McDermott

Paolo Di Canio among candidates shortlisted to be the new Reading manager

Brian McDermott was sacked earlier this week

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 13 March 2013

Wenger backs side to produce shock result in Munich

Paolo Di Canio

Former Reading midfielder John Salako backs Paolo Di Canio

Brian McDermott was sacked last night

Brian McDermott

Reading players pay tribute to Brian McDermott after manager is sacked

Royals boss fired with just nine games of the season to go

Paulo Di Canio and Brian McDermott

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 12 March 2013

Chelsea face messy fixture congestion with FA Cup replay

Brian McDermott

Reading sack manager Brian McDermott

Manager leaves the club second from bottom in the Premier League

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa shoots past Stephen Kelly of Reading to score their first goal

Reading 1 Aston Villa 2 match report: Brad Guzan key to Aston Villa survival hopes

Villains record crucial win at fellow strugglers Reading

Reading 1 Aston Villa 2 match report: Christian Benteke helps Aston Villa breathe life into their survival plan

Paul Lambert's side move out of bottom three with crucial win over fellow strugglers Reading

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