FootyMAD's Reading match preview

Last updated : 19 January 2006 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Crystal Palace v Reading fixture

Crystal Palace prepare to entertain league leaders Reading at Selhurst Park on Friday evening, and hold the advantage on previous meetings between the two. Of the 34 games played, Eagles have recorded 12 wins, and Reading have come away with 10 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides at Selhurst Park was two seasons ago, in March 2004, where the two teams cancelled each other out in an enthralling 2-2 draw in a League Division One match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2005/2006Tue 13 SepReading3 - 2Crystal PalaceCHMP
2003/2004Sat 06 MarCrystal Palace2-2ReadingCHMP
2003/2004Sat 20 DecReading0 - 3Crystal PalaceCHMP
2002/2003Sat 15 MarReading2 - 1Crystal PalaceCHMP
2002/2003Tue 26 NovCrystal Palace0 - 1ReadingCHMP
1996/1997Wed 23 AprCrystal Palace3 - 2ReadingCHMP
1996/1997Sat 21 SepReading1 - 6Crystal PalaceCHMP

Recent respective form guides

Crystal Palace are in decent form at home, having won four and drawn two of their last six games, These matches have yielded a total of 12 goals for the Eagles, with 3 goals against.

The Royals have had a solid run of form away from home recently, with 3 victories and just 1 loss (at Arsenal in the Carling Cup) from the last six. The games have constituted a decent return of 9 goals for the Royals, and 4 goals against. Notably, they have not once been beaten on their travels in the league this season.

Crystal Palace's total of 47 points from their 27 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Coca Cola Championship. Reading are runaway leaders of the league, with their 29 games giving them a stunning return of 72 points.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Crystal Palace660014318

FootyMad's prediction ...

Eagles are in a rich vein of form at home as of late, but FootyMad has marked this down as one of their banker draws, taking into account the quality of the opposition. Score draw

Sequence statistics:
Crystal PalaceWon 3 successive home games.
4 games since last home draw.
Won their latest 6 matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 7 .
ReadingPrevious 2 away games have finished all-square.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
11 games since last defeat.