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Monday, 17 December 2012

Reading v Arsenal: Can the Royals finally get something from Arsenal?


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Reading v Arsenal

Reading have never got the better of Arsenal. In fact, they have never even taken a point off the Gunners. But amazing things happen around Christmas time. Can Brian McDermott rewrite the history books and give the Royals' survival hopes a huge boost? It doesn't look like it.

Arsenal have been very hit and miss this season and were knocked out of the Capital One cup by League Two Bradford City. In all fairness, Reading should have knocked them out in the previous round. How they let a 4-0 lead slip I will never know.

Arsene Wenger has had it from all angles over the past week but he refuses to walk away. He believes in his players and his philosophy and will remain at Arsenal until he's told he's not wanted. That may not be what certain sections of the fans want to hear but victory tonight will keep them quiet until the next defeat.

The Gunners have won only twice on the road this season but Reading have only picked up one win bonus during the whole campaign. Putting everything into perspective it looks like an away win all day long, but there have been some shocking results this season. Could the Gunners be on the receiving end of another huge upset?

Reading v Arsenal; Kick Off 8pm December 17 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

2

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

TBA

V

TBA

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

0

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

3

Man United

Alex Richert

1

V

3

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

3

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

2

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

4

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

3

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

TBA    

V

TBA

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

3

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

3

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

3

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

3

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

4

Writer

Steve Coulter

0

V

3

Writer

Hugh Larkin

0

V

2

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

3

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

0

V    

3

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

2

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

3

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

5

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

0

V

3

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

0

V

3

Editor

Antony Melvin

0

V

0

Panel Verdict

Away win.

Home: 1; Draw: 4; Away: 27. TBA 2.

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