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Swansea - Reading Preview: Laudrup looks to end slump against winless Royals



Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
Ki, Britton
Dyer, Michu, Hernandez



Cummings, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey
Kebe, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff
Hunt, Pogrebnyak

Swansea is without regular left back Neil Taylor (ankle) through long-term injury and 19-year-old Ben Davies has started in his place, but newly signed Dwight Tiendalli is another option. Center back Kyle Bartley (thigh) is also out injured.

Michu has been a regular starter behind Danny Graham in attack, but Michael Laudrup faces a choice between Leon Britton, Jonathan De Guzman and Ki Sung-Yeung for the two center midfield positions, and between Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez and Wayne Routledge for the two wings. Midfielder Kemy Agustien (calf) is recovering from injury.

Alex McCarthy will start again in goal for Reading, with Adam Federici (knee) unavailable. Competition for places in defense could be fierce, with Brian McDermott having made many defensive changes against Newcastle, bringing in Nicky Shorey at left back in place of Ian Harte, Jamaican international Adrian Mariappa for Alex Pearce, and Shaun Cummings for Chris Gunter.

Winger Jimmy Kebe returned from injury on Saturday and is set to continue in place of Garath McCleary on the right flank, with Jobi McAnuff on the left.

The manager also faces a choice between whether to revert to starting Pavel Pogrebnyak up front as a lone striker, or continue with last week’s 4-4-2 and play either Adam Le Fondre or Noel Long in attack in place of one of three central midfielders Jem Karacan, Mikele Leigertwood and Danny Guthrie.


  • Swansea's manager Michael Laudrup has described the game as a "six-pointer" after his team followed a promising start with three consecutive defeats in which it conceded seven goals and failed to score.

  • Defeat for the Swans would equal their worst run of losses in the Premier League (four), and failure to win would create their first run of five without a victory since they returned to the top flight.

  • Reading has picked up just two points from its five games so far this season, and has won just two of its last 22 Premier League away games, losing 15 during that stretch.

  • The Royals have now scored 99 goals in Premier League history, having finished eighth in 2007 after winning promotion with a record 106 points in the Championship, before being relegated in 2008.

  • Swansea has won four and not lost once in the last six meetings in all competitions with Reading.

  • The two sides last met at Wembley in the 2011 Championship playoff final, where the Swans secured promotion with a 4-2 win. The Royals threatened to comeback from 3-0 down at halftime after Jobi McAnuff (pictured) set up two goals.

  • The Welsh side has played fewer long balls, 63, than any other Premier League side this season, and has scored all 10 of its goals this season from open play.

  • Brian McDermott's side, in contrast, has played a higher percentage of their passes long (17.4 percent) than any other Premier League side this season.

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