Reading v West Brom

07 January 2011 11:09
West Brom are hopeful left-back Marek Cech will have recovered from a shin injury after a scan revealed there was no serious damage.Right-back Steven Reid (knee) will be unavailable while leading scorer Peter Odemwingie is a doubt (swollen ankle). [LNB]Reading news to follow. [LNB][LNB] BIG-MATCH FACTS The tie in context[LNB]• This is one of the 12 third round ties bringing together a Premier League and a Championship club. [LNB]Gulf in class[LNB]• Reading are 12 places lower than the Baggies in the pecking order. [LNB][LNB] Head-to-head • These clubs met four times last season when they were both in the Championship. [LNB]• West Brom won one and drew one of the league games; Reading prevailed after a replay in the FA Cup. [LNB]• Albion have never won at the Madejski Stadium. [LNB]• The Baggies have drawn four and lost four of their last eight league and cup games on Reading turf, since a 2-0 league win in January 1995. [LNB] FA Cup records and best performances [LNB]• This is the fourth time they have been drawn to meet each other in the FA Cup. [LNB]• Reading lead 2-1 in the head-to-head standings, progressing on both occasions after a replay and extra time, in the third round in 2006 and in the fifth round last year. [LNB]• West Brom dismissed the Royals, courtesy of a 2-0 home win in the third round in 1948. [LNB][LNB] The clubs READING[LNB]Current form[LNB]• Won three of five; lost only one of the last 10. [LNB]• Conceded one goal in each of their last five games. [LNB]• Won their last two at home, and unbeaten in seven at the Madejski since Swansea's visit on 16 October. [LNB]FA Cup form[LNB]• Quarter-finalists last season, which was their best performance since the club record appearance in the semi-finals in 1927. [LNB]• Knocked out Liverpool at this third round stage last season, and then followed up with the Premier League scalp of Burnley. [LNB]WEST BROMWICH ALBION[LNB]Current form[LNB]• Lost their last five, after beating Newcastle 3-1 at the Hawthorns in the Premier League on 5 December. [LNB]• Lost the last four away in league and cup. [LNB]• Not won on the road since defeating Everton in the Premier League on 27 November. [LNB]FA Cup form[LNB]• Last dismissed in the third round in 2006, by Reading. [LNB]• The five times winners, who have not lifted the trophy since 1968, have scored in each of their last eight ties, since the 1-0 loss to Portsmouth in the 2008 semi-finals. [LNB][LNB] Replay date Tuesday, 18 January 2011 (Kick off: 2000 GMT) [LNB][LNB] Match officials Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire) [LNB]Assistant referees: Mike Cairns and Darren Bond [LNB]Fourth official: Mike Russell

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