By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United travel to the Madejski Stadium to take on Reading in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
The teams last met in the 2009/10 campaign, when the Magpies roared to the Championship title. In that season, United came out on top with victories both on Tyneside and in Berkshire.
Reading have endured a tough start to life back in the Premier League and currently find themselves bottom of the table with just a single point.
Saturday's meeting is only the 13th match between the clubs. Of their six league fixtures against the Royals, United have won the last three
Tickets for this fixture are sold out.
April 13, 2010 - Reading 1 (Simpson og 72) Newcastle 2 (Nolan 20, 42)
Reading (4-5-1): Adam Federici; Andy Griffin, Alex Pearce, Bryn Gunnarsson, Ryan Bertrand; Jimmy Kebe, Jay Tabb (Simon Church 59), Bryan Howard, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jobi McAnuff (Hal Robson-Kanu 65); Shane Long (Grzegorz Rasiak 79)
Newcastle (4-5-1): Steve Harper Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (Jose Enrique 46), Ryan Taylor; Wayne Routledge (Joey Barton 75), Danny Guthrie (Andy Carroll 75), Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi
FULL RECORD v READING
P12 W8 D1 L3 F30 A14
(Last six games - all competitions)
Reading - WLLWLD
Newcastle - LWDDDW
Reading (v QPR, Capital One Cup): Alex McCarthy; Shaun Cummings, Kaspars Gorkss, Adrian Mariappa (Sean Morrison 78), Nicky Shorey; Jimmy Kebe (Garath McCleary 70), Jay Tab, Jem Karacan, Hal Robson-Kanu; Noel Hunt, Pavel Pogrebnyak (Noel Hunt 68)
Not used: Stuart Taylor, Chris Gunter, Jobi McAnuff, Simon Church, Adam Le Fonde
Newcastle (v Manchester United, Capital One Cup): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (Shane Ferguson 61), James Tavernier; Gabriel Obertan, Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 71), Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux; Haris Vuckic (Papiss Cisse 61); Shola Ameobi
Not used: Steve Harper, Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi
Reading - Royals stopper Adam Federici is out with a knee injury, while veteran striker Jason Roberts is a doubt with a calf complaint.
Newcastle - Goalkeeper Tim Krul (elbow) and defenders Danny Simpson (hamstring) and Ryan Taylor (knee) all remain sidelined for the Magpies, but manager Alan Pardew will have been given plenty of food for thought by the performance of his squad players at Manchester United in midweek.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Brian McDermott, Reading manager: "We can't wait for Saturday. Alan has a set way of playing and an identity which is something we have stuck with over the last ten or 11 years, both under Steve (Coppell) and myself. He did a great job to get us promoted to the Championship and we look forward to seeing him."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "I'm kind of the pantomime villain down there for leaving the way I did. It will be tough. I know there are some very good players there and a great staff. Brian McDermott is a great manager."
Andre Marriner (West Midlands) - 2012/13 record: 7 games, 13 yellow cards, 2 red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Danny Guthrie, Shaka Hislop
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DID YOU KNOW?
The opposition have scored first against Reading in every game this season.