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3 things to look out for in the Reading vs Brighton match

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Two of the divisions form teams come together in an interesting tie at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals face Brighton at home

The Royals face Brighton at home

Reading, the home side, are one of the most in-form teams in the second tier, but fell to a surprise 4-2 defeat to Fulham – despite leading 2-0 – under a week ago, described by manager Steve Clarke as ‘a reality check.’

Brighton are arguably the surprise package of the season. Like Reading, an atrocious season last year meant they weren’t fancied, and (like Reading) after a strong transfer window, they come out as one of the promotion favourites. They lead the table and are yet to be defeated.

Both sides have suffered major injury blows this week, as Brighton left-back Gaetan Bong, who signed over the summer and has impressed this year, looks set for three months out.

Reading have lost midfield revelation Aaron Tshibola, who suffered an ankle injury against Fulham that’ll see him out until 2016.

Here are THREE things to look out for in the game…..

  1. An intense football match

Both these sides have similar stories this season, both flying high after appalling seasons last year, so it’ll be a very close, well fought match of high quality.

Reading have the top scorer in the Championship with Nick Blackman, and have scored the joint second most goals in the division, and whilst their defence has been strong, Brighton have managed to keep out more goals.

Both also play nice, stylish football, meaning the game we’ll be watching will be of high quality, and the result could potentially be an interesting revelation in the league contest.

2) Reading’s team selection

Royals boss Steve Clarke hinted at changes following the poor defeat at Craven Cottage.

As well as that, Reading have a huge concern over the business with Lucas Piazon, who is wanted in Canada in connection with sexual assault. This will probably mean he’ll be left out of the squad.

Also, with the goal glut leaked against Fulham, the defence could be switched up, which could see Anton Ferdinand, and perhaps Andrew Taylor return to the side. This leaves a selection dilemma for Steve Clarke, who will probably go with three in the middle, looking at the threat of his opposition

3) Will Zamora score again?

Though Tomer Hemed is the leading goalscorer for Brighton this season, it’s veteran Bobby Zamora who’s been the hero most recently.

The former West Ham striker re-signed for the club after a 12-year divorce, and after returning to optimum fitness, has come off the bench to score late winners twice in the last three games.

He won it with two minutes to go against Leeds, and did the same again the next game against Bristol City. Will he manage to do the same against Reading, and will the defenders be wary of his form?

Reading and Brighton fans….. What do you make of this news? What do you think the score will be? Who do you think should play? Are you going to watch the game? Let us know in the comments below!


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