FootyMAD's Reading match preview

Last updated : 27 February 2004 By Footymad Previewer
History of the Reading v Sheffield United fixture

Sheff. Utd. face a trip to Reading at Madjeski Stadium on Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Blades will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them ending up on the losing side in more than half of the games played between the two.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in December 2002, as the visitors ran out cosy 0 - 2 winners in a League Division One match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2003/2004Fri 24 OctSheff. Utd.1 - 2ReadingLD1
2002/2003Tue 18 FebSheff. Utd.1 - 3ReadingLD1
2002/2003Sat 14 DecReading0 - 2Sheff. Utd.LD1
1997/1998Sat 14 MarSheff. Utd.4 - 0ReadingLD1
1997/1998Fri 13 FebSheff. Utd.1 - 0ReadingFAC
1997/1998Tue 04 NovReading0 - 1Sheff. Utd.LD1
1996/1997Sat 29 MarSheff. Utd.2 - 0ReadingLD1

Recent respective form guides

Reading's poor home run has seen them win just 1 and draw 2 of the last six. While Royals have scored 7, a worringly large 12 have been leaked at the other end.

Sheff. Utd.'s away form is none too clever either, picking up four victories from the last six. The games have constituted a decent return of 8 goals for the Blades, and 11 goals against.

Reading lie just outside the playoff positions in the Nationwide League Division One, picking up 49 points from their 32 games so far. Sheff. Utd. are just outside the promotion places, in 4th, having taken 52 points from 32 games.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Sheff. Utd.6204386

FootyMad's prediction ...

Blades's decent recent efforts out on the road should see them narrowly take the spoils from the match with Reading, believes the FootyMad team. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Reading No sequences of note
Sheff. Utd. 10 games since last away draw.
Last drawn game 8 outings ago.