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Saturday, 02 February 2013

Reading v Sunderland: Can the Royals ruin Danny Graham's debut?


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Sunderland are expected to give new signing Danny Graham his Black Cat debut this afternoon, but will the Geordie win over the fans by getting on the scoresheet straight away or will the comeback kings Reading ruin his big day?

Brian McDermott's men jumped out of the relgation zone in midweek with a late show against the champions of Europe Chelsea, their third sensational comeback in 2013 after similar results against West Brom and Newcastle United. At Christmas they looked dead and buried, but today there are a number of clubs anxiously watching what is happening at the Mad Stad.

Sunderland's relegation fears have eased somewhat in recent weeks. They have lost only two of their last seven outings and are now nine points clear of danger. Four more wins should ensure safety, but Martin O'Neill's men haven't given up hope of a late European push.

For Reading though survival is their only mission and their home form will be vital in whether they achieve their goal or not. The Royals have only lost three times at home this season but they have conceded a whopping 23 goals - only Wigan have had more scored against them.

Reading and Sunderland have met 15 times in league football and they can't be separated with six wins a piece. The Black Cats ran out 3-0 winners at the Stadium of Light in December, but they have only won on Reading soil twice in league football.

Reading v Sunderland; Kick Off 3pm February 2 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

0

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man United

Alex Richert

TBA

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

0

V

2

Norwich

Sue Read

0

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

2

Reading

Jon Keen

3

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1   

V

3

Stoke City

Peter Holland

3

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

1

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

0

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

0

V    

4

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

0

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

2

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

0

V

0

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 17; Draw: 8; Away: 7. TBA 2.

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