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The new Championship season is almost here and its time to start thinking of everybody’s chances. Will we have one team run away with the title like Cardiff did last year or will it be a closer contest? Here I’ll have a look at who I think will make the top six and who I think will face the dreaded drop to League One. If you disagree, add your comments at the bottom!
Champions: Reading

The Royals were unlucky to be relegated last season – yes, they were 11 points away from …

A quick answer from Old Trafford is no, while the Russian at Stamford Bridge is in favour. There is hardly a universal answer, but most teams sitting at the bottom of the Premier League decided to put the blame on their former managers. It can only be known in May how effective their moves are. The Linesman pre-assesses case-by-case whether the decisions of the board are justified.
Reading: Was it the manager’s fault?
They have surely produced some entertaining football. Two goals in the last ten minutes frustrated Chelsea; leading Manchester United …

Usually, I wait till nearer the end of the season to voice my opinions on who I think will be embroiled in a relegation battle. However, this season, I can make my judgements earlier on, because there are many less teams involved this time round. QPR, Wigan, Reading and Aston Villa are the clubs I think will be involved this time round. I know a lot of people would throw Southampton into the mix aswell, but I’m confident that they are strong enough to survive, and they already have a …

The current Premier League leaders Manchester United face Reading in the FA Cup Fifth Round at Old Trafford this Monday. Manchester United are chasing their first FA Cup in nine years while Reading are chasing their first ever FA Cup title. Manchester United who recently drew 1-1 with Spanish giants Real Madrid in mid-week to gain an away goal advantage are major favourites for the cup clash. Briefly looking at the stats United have only conceded one goal in their last five FA Cup matches at Old Trafford and have …

What do Joe Hart, Chris Smalling and Blackburn`s DJ Campbell have in common? These players were picked up from the lower leagues by Premiership clubs.
Reading`s Brian McDermott now seems to be the new voice box for grabbing some bargains from lower down the tables and with Adam Le Fondre and his 10 goal-haul to show as his shining example; he may have a point.
“There are players out there,” said the Royals boss to SKY SPORTS NEWS. “I’m convinced that if you are brave enough to take them from the leagues below, …

Since the beginning of what’s been a tough season Brian McDermott has more often than not opted to play five across the middle and a lot of times in particularly when Danny Guthrie was absent I felt this left Reading with three central midfielders but none of which who could actually just keep the ball down and slow play down which at time during the first half of the season was all Mcdermotts men really needed. It hasn’t been for lacking of effort in the central midfield places as Tabb, …

As an Arsenal fan myself I am absolutely delighted with the victory against Reading after the recent humiliation at Bradford and the subsequent barrage of intense media scrutiny against the manager and against the team.  Before the match Arsene Wenger knew he had to produce a performance and most importantly a result and he most definitely delivered.  He decided to give Theo Walcott his opportunity as Arsenal’s central striker alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski and he certainly made an impression; his pace, movement and intelligence gave reading’s two central …

Two consecutive heart-broken losses had sunk Reading a step closer to the bottom of the table. Brian McDermott would be over optimistic to hope to rebound with a win at home against league leader Manchester United. He chose to keep the team who fought hard in mid-week unchanged and hoped the extra support from the home crowd could bring them a surprise result in the late Saturday afternoon.
Despite the victory, Sir Alex Ferguson was not completely satisfied with the team performance on Wednesday against West Ham. The return of Rio …

Manchester United face Reading at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday following a 1-0 win against West Ham United last Wednesday. Reading may be a tricky team for United as they look to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

Tony Adams, Kevin Keegan and John Barnes all predicted a United victory despite recognising that the club slipped up against Norwich City last weekend. The odds are vastly against the Royals but if they produce a performance like they did against Fulham they might be in with a chance to …

Reading stay win-less and Newcastle stay mid table as the Royals took the lead twice in the game only to be pulled back by two goals from Demba Ba.
Both teams lined up in a classic English 4-4-2 system; Cabaye, Coloccini and Krul all missed the game through injury so Bigirimana, Williamson and Harper featured. Brian McDermott decided to leave Danny Guthrie on the bench against his former team.
The formations mirrored each other and cancelled out the teams during the first half. Both left backs and right midfielders got forward early …