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Friday, 21 September 2012

West Brom v Reading: Will it be a Royal day for Rodgers' men?


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West brom v Reading

Saturday will be a historic occasion for the 30,000+ fans at the Hawthorns on Saturday. No, Albion fan Adrian Chiles has not promised to keep his gob shut for once. This my friends will be the very first top flight clash between West Brom and Reading. But who will be celebrating come the final whistle?

The Baggies were brought back down to Earth last weekend at Fulham, as Peter Odemwingie lost his cool. However, given their appalling record at the Cottage the defeat didn't come as much of a shock. This weekend they will be back in familiar territory and Steve Clarke will be hoping his side can keep their terrific home form going. Two games, six points, five goals, none conceded. That's impressive stuff.

Reading though will be looking to record their first win of the season and the pleasing thing for the visitors is that Brendan Rodgers' men will surely never play as poorly as they did in the first half against Spurs. The Royals were slow, disjointed and showed Spurs way too much respect. That is not the Reading way.

Despite losing 16 of their past 28 league meetings with the Baggies, the visitors have fond memories of the Hawthorns from their last visit. That came in the FA Cup in February 2010 when the Royals fought back twice to knock the Albion out of the cup 3-2 after extra time. Almost three years have past since then but James Morrison, who played in that game, will be looking to set the record straight - especially as the Royals also knocked them out of the cup the following year too.

Six of the past seven games have ended in high scoring affairs so it could be one to look out for on your Goals, Goals, Goals coupon. But who will emerge victorious?

West Brom v Reading; Kick off 3pm September 22 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

1

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

2       

V    

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

2

Man United

Alex Richert

1

V

0

Newcastle

Greg Hall

2

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

0

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

TBA

V

TBA

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

0

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

1

Spurs

Mike Richards

3

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

3

V

2

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

3

V

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

0

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

2

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

The answer to the headline is a resounding no.

Home: 27; Draw: 6; Away: 0. TBA 1

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