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Fulham v Reading - Cottagers Confidential Preview

We welcome back Sascha Riether in a game that should match two teams who each have nothing to play for

Christopher Lee

Fulham entertain Reading on Saturday in a game that could well provide our last win of the season.

Fulham form

We haven't won in five games now and though this run has gone under the radar somewhat, thanks to the fact we have already reached the 40 point mark, it is one of our least successful periods of the whole campaign. In our last game, we barely showed up to Goodison Park in a 1-0 defeat but, thankfully, Reading have as little to play for as we do this weekend, given their relegation has already been confirmed.

Reading form

The Royals have now gone just over three months without a win; their last win coming on February 2nd at home to Sunderland. A recent draw against Liverpool was perhaps a highlight for Reading, which perhaps shows just how abysmal their form has been. Their last match, a drab 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers, confirmed their Championship fate.


A hugely entertaining 3-3 draw was played out at the Madejski Stadium in October, with a last minute goal giving Reading a share of the spoils.

In our history, we have won 14, drawn 8 and lost 13 of our matches with Reading.

Key quotes

Martin Jol:"We had a meeting on Friday and one in the week because you've got to analyse your opponents," Jol said of Reading. "You have to prepare for their strengths and weaknesses and, hopefully, we are [prepared].

"We want to end the season - our last three matches - on a very good note and get another nine points, because that is possible, and that has to start on Saturday. We want to get back to winning ways for the last two matches of the season against Liverpool and Swansea City."

Team news

Dimitar Berbatov's injury, sustained against Everton, was not as bad as first feared and the Bulgarian will play a part against Reading, as will Sascha Riether and Kieron Richardson. Mladen Petric has a hamstring complaint while Mahamadou Diarra and Ashkan Dejagah remain absent.

Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts will miss out for the visitors but midfielder Hope Akpan and goalkeeper Adam Federici may return.

Cottagers Confidential line-up

Schwarzer; Richardson, Hangeland, Hughes, Riether; Emanuelson, Enoh, Karagounis, Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov

Cottagers Confidential score prediction

Fulham 3-0 Reading

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