When : Saturday 26th December, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Luton Town are the next visitors to the Mad Stadium for what is going to be an extremely difficult challenge considering the injury crisis in the Reading camp.
The Hatters have been fairly useful this season and have already won at the Mad Stad in the league cup so Reading have something to avenge in this one. Luton are a tricky side to get the better of as their last 14 games have delivered 4 wins, 6 draws and 4 defeats. Of the away games in that run, Luton have won just once (at Rotherham at the beginning of October), drawn 2 and lost 3. Their last 4 away games have yielded 1 draw and 3 defeats with 0 goals scored and 7 conceded.
James Collins is their leading striker with 6 goals, after him are several players with 2 goals. Harry Cornick, Danny Hylton and perennial substitute Kazenga Lua Lua are usually the players to cause most problems and with Reading’s injury problems that won’t take too much particularly if Reading continue to try and give away as many Christmas presents as they possibly can.
Luton appear to have barely any injury problems from what is my meagre knowledge of the club while we all know about Reading’s terrible run of luck. That said John Swift should be back but given his fitness levels he’s only likely to make the bench.
Matthew “I let Reading get a point once” Donohue
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Only 23 league seasons have been shared with Luton as although a similar style of provincial club they have spent a couple of lengthy periods circulating in the first and second divisions while Reading were successfully trying to avoid any appearance of ambition.
Of the previous 23 league games played in Reading 14 have been won by the hoops with 5 going the way of the hats.
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