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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Reading v West Ham United: Can the Royals hammer the Hammers again?


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Reading v West Ham

The Madejski Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for the Hammers. Six years ago they were thrashed 6-0 on New Year's Day and just last seson their promotion hopes were dented as they lost 3-0. In fact the Irons have only triumphed at Reading once. Could this signal the start of the great escape for the Royals?

Brian McDermott's men recorded their first clean sheet in seven matches against Swansea on Wednesday to end their long losing run in the process. It was enought to move them off the foot of the table too. The former Arsenal star will be hoping that will breed confidence amongst his players.

West Ham go into the game fresh as daises following Arsenal's decision to postpone their Boxing Day and Carlton Cole will be available after his red card against Everton was rescinded.

There's no love loss between the two sides and Reading always raise their game for the visit of the Hammers. Will the hosts ruin West Ham's big day out or will there be thousands of happy Hammers walking away from the Mad Stad?

Our pundits have their say.

Reading v West Ham; Kick Off 3pm December 29 2012


Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

TBA    

V

TBA

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

TBA

V

TBA

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

0

V

0

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man United

Alex Richert

0

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

2

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

2

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

TBA

V

TBA

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

3

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

TBA

V

TBA

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

0

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

0

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

0

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

2

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

0

V

2

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

0

V

3

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

0

V

2

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

0

Panel Verdict

It’s too close to call.

Home: 7; Draw: 12; Away: 10. TBA 5.

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