Sheff. Utd. face a trip to Reading at Madejski 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 less than a year ago, in April 2005, when they played out a goalless draw in a Championship match.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2004/2005||Sat 02 Apr||Reading||0 - 0||Sheff. Utd.||CHMP|
|2004/2005||Sat 14 Aug||Sheff. Utd.||0 - 1||Reading||CHMP|
|2003/2004||Sat 28 Feb||Reading||2 - 1||Sheff. Utd.||CHMP|
|2003/2004||Fri 24 Oct||Sheff. Utd.||1 - 2||Reading||CHMP|
|2002/2003||Tue 18 Feb||Sheff. Utd.||1 - 3||Reading||CHMP|
|2002/2003||Sat 14 Dec||Reading||0 - 2||Sheff. Utd.||CHMP|
|1997/1998||Sat 14 Mar||Sheff. Utd.||4 - 0||Reading||CHMP|
Recent respective form guides
Reading could not have a more impressive recent home form, having won each of the last six games. In this time, Royals have rattled up an impressive 15 goals, and conceded 4.
Sheff. Utd.'s away form is equally impressive, tasting just one defeat in their last six, and picking up four good wins. The games have constituted a decent return of 10 goals for the Blades, and 3 goals against.
Reading are holding the final promotion place in the Coca Cola Championship, and have accumulated 24 points from the 11 games they have played so far. Sheff. Utd. are leading the way in the Coca Cola Championship, with their 11 games giving them a return of 30 points.
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FootyMad's prediction ...
Sheff. Utd. are certainly at their peak on the road, though your FootyMad panel sees this as a stern test, and one from which they may have to settle for a draw. Score draw
|Reading||Won 6 successive home games.|
11 games since last home draw.
Unbeaten run of 12 matches.
|Sheff. Utd.||Undefeated in last 4 away games.|
11 games since last defeat.