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Leicester v Reading – Match Preview

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Leicester City takes on an in-form Reading side tomorrow night at the Walkers Stadium. Leicester City are currently 4th in the table while opponents Reading sit 13th, however it could well prove to be a tough test for the Leicester boys as Reading are on fire under new manager Brian McDermott.

THE TEAMS
Leicester,
were pegged back at the weekend by rivals Coventry and they would feel hard done by as referee Lee Mason awarded Coventry some dodgy decisions in the second half. The ‘Foxes’ are currently unbeaten in three games and are fighting for a play-off place, however in the next couple of weeks Nigel Pearson’s side will find it tough going as they play the likes of Cardiff City and West Brom away from home. Tomorrow is a massive game and no slip ups can be required at this stage, with Swansea level on points and Cardiff only three points behind Leicester, it’s definitely not the right time to be nervous. The ‘Foxes’ completed the loan signing of Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing earlier today, and he will go straight into tomorrow night’s clash against Reading.

Reading, are aiming onwards and upwards under the guidance of Brian McDermott, besides from the top two clubs Reading are currently the on form side throughout the whole of the Coca Cola Championship. After a very dismal start to the season the sacking of Brendan Rodgers probably came at the correct time on Reading’s behalf, with him completely forgotten about the squad are quickly firing up the Championship ladder under the reigns of Brian McDermott. The ‘Royals’ have boosted their squad with a number of defensive loan signings including Andy Griffin and Ryan Bertrand. Also it seems that striker Shane Long has found his goalscoring boots aswell as midfield sensation Gylfi Sigurdsson.

TEAM NEWS
Leicester –
The ‘Foxes’ could welcome back the on loan pairing of Alex Bruce and James Vaughan, Wayne Brown is also back from injury after coming on as a substitute against Coventry. Meanwhile new loan signing Jay Spearing could well start for Leicester tomorrow.

Reading – Defender Ivar Ingimarsson will not play any part in Reading’s game against Leicester therefore Zurab Khizanishvili will take his place. Other than that it seems that Reading will have a fully fit squad, with Shane Long, Grzegorz Rasiak or Simon Church occupying the striking roles.

KEY PLAYERS
Leicester – Andy King.
The midfielder scored two goals at the weekend and played a blinder of a match. The young Welsh international has been linked with a move to Aston Villa for some time now, however Leicester have so far kept him. He is a central midfielder who can score goals, he likes to get forward aswell and in my view after his performance against Coventry on Sunday, I think he will play a huge part in the Reading clash on Wednesday.

Reading – Gylfi Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson has had a cracking season as a Reading player. He is currently the top scorer for McDermott’s side, and he has been praised by many football pundits. He has a sweet strike on him and he could well prove to be a dangerous asset, as he likes to come forward from midfield.

PREDICTION
It could well be a close affair between these two sides, the last time these two met was at the Madjeski Stadium earlier in the season, Leicester undeservedly won that game 1-0. Reading are on form and they could well prove to be difficult opposition for Leicester, it could well be a close game and the ‘Royals’ will probably be gearing up for all three points, while in my view Leicester would be a happy with a draw against Reading. Leicester 1-1 Reading.

MATCH STATS
Kick-Off – 7.45pm Wednesday
Date – 24/03/2010
Ground – Walkers Stadium
Managers – Nigel Pearson/Brian McDermott

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