Premier League: Norwich play host to bottom of the table Reading
Last Updated: 19/04/13 11:30am
Noel Hunt battles with Sebastien Bassong in the meeting at the Madejski Stadium
Norwich play host to Reading aiming to end any lingering relegation fears and push their opponents closer to the drop.
Norwich go into the game sitting four points above the drop zone knowing a win will go a long way to securing their Premier League safety.
The Canaries have picked up just one win in their last 16 Premier League matches and they be keen to make amends for their heartbreaking defeat by Arsenal last time out.
Reading could have their relegation back to the Championship confirmed in this round of fixtures.
If Nigel Adkins' side lose at Carrow Road and three other results go against them over the weekend - if Sunderland win and Newcastle avoid defeat on Saturday, and then Aston Villa win at Manchester United on Monday then their one-year stay in the Premier League will be over.
Adkins is still looking for his first win as Royals boss, but he will be encouraged by their goalless draw earned against Liverpool last weekend.
Chris Hughton is sweating on the fitness of midfielder Bradley Johnson after he picked up a dead leg in last weekend's defeat to Arsenal.
Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan both return to the squad after missing out against Arsenal with minor knocks.
John Ruddy is pushing for a return to the side after two outings for the development squad after serious injury, but the game is likely to come too soon for the England international with Mark Bunn set to continue between the posts.
Reading manager Nigel Adkins is hopeful Jimmy Kebe could be fit enough to play some part of clash against Norwich.
The Mali winger missed the 0-0 draw with Liverpool due to a groin injury but has returned to training this week and could be involved at Carrow Road.
The game is likely to come too early for goalkeeper Adam Federici and midfielder Hope Akpan (both ankle) but winger Hal Robson-Kanu has an outside chance of being in contention despite struggling with a knee complaint.
- Norwich defender Michael Turner has scored as many goals in his last two games as he managed in his previous 88 Premier League appearances (two).
- Reading players have made more clearances off the line (11) than those of any other PL side this season.
- Norwich have scored the highest percentage of headed goals in the top-flight (42%).
- Reading have lost just one of their last seven league meetings with Norwich City (W4 D2), but are without a win in the last three against them (D2 L1).
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Ruddy
- 3 Whittaker
- 6 Turner
- 5 Bassong
- 23 Martin Olsson
- 22 Redmond
- 8 Howson
- 4 Johnson B
- 10 Fer
- 11 Hooper
- 16 Elmander
Team taken from Norwich City vs Swansea City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 15th December 2013
- 21 McCarthy
- 2 Gunter
- 5 Pearce
- 17 Gorkss
- 24 Cummings
- 11 McAnuff
- 23 Williams
- 37 Obita
- 10 Drenthe
- 7 Pogrebnyak
- 14 Sharp
Team taken from Reading vs Huddersfield Town (Sky Bet Championship) on Saturday 14th December 2013