Premier League Preview: Reading - Everton

Rhys Turrell
Premier League Preview: Reading - Everton




Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey
Leigertwood, Tabb
McCleary, Hunt, McAnuff


Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines

Neville, Osman
Mirallas, Fellaini, Pienaar

Reading manager Brian McDermott faces a major injury doubt over pacy Malian winger Jimmy Kebe (groin) for his side's meeting with high-flying Everton at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals boss will also almost certainly be without Danny Guthrie (thigh) and Alex McCarthy (shoulder), while midfielder Jem Karacan (knee) is definitely ruled out.

David Moyes’ biggest concern will be over the fitness of Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), who was forced off in the Toffees’ 2-1 win over Sunderland last time out.

Tony Hibbert (calf), Darron Gibson (thigh) and Victor Anichebe (hamstring) are all touch-and-go ahead of the trip to Berkshire, whilst Steven Naismith is also a doubt (knee).



  • Reading is in the mire towards the bottom of the league, but it does lead one table. The Royals have put in an average of 23.3 crosses a game from open play this season - more than any other side.

  • Reading won the last meeting between these sides, posting a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park in the FA Cup in 2011.

  • The Royals have conceded 25 percent of their goals after the end of 90 minutes.

  • Everton has made an uncharacteristically good start to the current season, and that may be down to their excellent away form. The Toffees have lost just once away from Merseyside in their past 11 games, with seven draws and three wins.

  • The Goodison Park club has trailed in each of its last six Premier League games, but has bounced back to win or draw in all of those fixtures - a record unmatched in Premier League history.

  • Leighton Baines (pictured right) has been in sparkling form so far this season, with the left back solid in defense and dynamic in attack. He has created 47 goalscoring chances this season - 10 more than any other player in any of Europe's top five domestic leagues.