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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 24,093) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

Reading Reading vs Fulham Fulham

Reading 3

M Leigertwood (26)
G McCleary (85)
H Robson-Kanu (90)


Fulham 3

B Ruiz (61)
C Baird (77)
D Berbatov (88)

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak faces former club Fulham

Last Updated: 26/10/12 11:04am

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Pavel Pogrebnyak: Reading striker faces his former club Fulham on Saturday

Pavel Pogrebnyak: Reading striker faces his former club Fulham on Saturday

Reading will be hoping Pavel Pogrebnyak can outshine his Fulham replacement Dimitar Berbatov when the two sides meet at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Pogrebnyak enjoyed an impressive stint at Fulham in the second half of last season, but opted to join promoted Reading on a long-term contract in the summer.

The Russian, who has scored twice in seven Premier League appearances for the Royals, was subsequently replaced at Craven Cottage by Berbatov.

The former Manchester United forward has netted twice in his four outings for Fulham and manager Jol is pleased with how the situation worked out.

Fulham have enjoyed a positive start to the season and, after losing their opening two away games, won at Wigan Athletic before drawing 2-2 at another promoted side Southampton in their last match on the road.

With a return of 13 points from eight games to date, Jol will be confident that the Cottagers can maintain a position in the top half of the table.

In contrast, Reading are still searching for a first win since returning to the top flight, but have drawn two of their three games in front of their own supporters.

Brian McDermott will have been encouraged by his team's performances in general and will hope a first three points are finally on the horizon.

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Reading forward Noel Hunt could make his comeback from a heel injury for the game after training on Thursday.

Royals boss McDermott must decide whether to stick with Alex McCarthy or recall Adam Federici in goal, while midfielder Jem Karacan is absent with a knee injury.

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Fulham winger Damien Duff is available for the clash at Reading after recovering from an illness.

Midfielder Simon Davies is still sidelined with a hip problem and misses out. Otherwise boss Martin Jol has a fully fit squad to select from.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Federici 1 Federici
  • Gunter 2 Gunter
  • Cooper 35 Cooper
  • Pearce 5 Pearce
  • Cummings 24 Cummings

  • Blackman 22 Blackman
  • Akpan 16 Akpan
  • Kuhl 28 Kuhl
  • Mackie 19 Mackie

  • Cox 10 Cox
  • Tanner 27 Tanner

Team taken from Reading vs Scunthorpe United (Capital One Cup) on Tuesday 26th August 2014

  • Bettinelli 40 Bettinelli
  • Voser 15 Voser
  • Hutchinson 4 Hutchinson
  • Burn 33 Burn
  • Stafylidis 3 Stafylidis
  • Hoogland 2 Hoogland
  • Parker 8 Parker

  • David 30 David

  • R Williams 39 R Williams
  • McCormack 44 McCormack
  • Woodrow 16 Woodrow

Team taken from Fulham vs Brentford (Capital One Cup) on Tuesday 26th August 2014

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