Alan Pardew is hoping his side can stop their horrible run of form that has seen Newcastle United won just one game in their last seven. If they are to do that, they will have to beat a Reading side looking to get their third victory on the trot.
Brian McDermott’s Reading side are on a high after scoring three goals in the final ten minutes of last week’s match away to West Brom to win 3-2. That result followed up a 3-1 FA Cup victory away to Crawley Town while they have won two of their last three League games with a defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs the only blotch on another wise decent recent record.
Newcastle: Yohann Cabaye is likely to start for the Magpies after returning from injury with a substitutes appearance in the 0-0 draw with Norwich. Shola Ameobi is also likely to return to the squad from suspension but Alan Pardew will be without long term injury victim Haris Vukic and will also be without Dan Gosling(ankle), Danny Simpson(foot) and Ryan Taylor(knee) who are all sidelined.
Reading: Brian McDermott is unlikely to change his starting XI after the 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns last weekend. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is still missing with a shoulder injury but McDermott has a full strength squad otherwise.
Players to Watch:
Newcastle: Papiss Cisse
The Senagalese international has just four goals this season but has played the majority of it playing on the left of a front three with Demba Ba playing as the central figure but with Ba having moved to Chelsea at the start of this window it’s a chance for Cisse to show what he can do. Pardew will be hoping the striker can renew the form he showed after signing from Hoffenheim last January.
Reading: Pavel Pogrebnyak, Daniel Carrico
Pavel Pogrebnyak: The Russian international moved to the Madjeski stadium in the summer and has five goals in seventeen games for the club. A powerful hitman he is a danger with the ball in the air and with it at his feet. As one of Reading’s best players so far this season Brian McDermott will be placing a lot of responsibility on the strikers shoulders.
Daniel Carrico: The recent signing from Sporting Lisbon didn’t have the best of debuts against West Brom last weekend and will be hoping to turn it around quickly in Saturday’s clash with Newcastle.
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