Archive for March 7th, 2017

Match Preview : Reading vs Newcastle United

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Reading remain in the top five after victory over Wolves last time out and have lost only two of their 18 home league games this season.

Visitors Newcastle are five points clear at the summit following recent wins over nearest rivals Brighton and Huddersfield and have lost only three of 18 on the road this term.

The Magpies are starting to flex their muscles at the business end of the season and can make it three huge away wins in the space of eight days.

Team News

Reading – Winger Garath McCleary missed Saturday’s win over Wolves due to knee and abdominal problems and will be checked over.

Defenders Reece Oxford, Tiago Ilori and Danzell Gravenberch, midfielder Stephen Quinn, winger Callum Harriott and striker Deniss Rakels remain out. (more…)

Match Preview : Napoli vs Real Madrid

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Napoli have been inconsistent since their 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid last month, winning two and losing two, though they warmed up for the welcome of Real Madrid with a fine 2-1 win at Roma.

They bagged a vital away goal in Madrid and given their goalscoring form, will be confident of pulling the deficit back.

Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 10 competitive outings and romped to a 4-1 win at Eibar at the weekend. With Gareth Bale back fully fit and Cristiano Ronaldo not in action at the weekend, their star attackers are ready and rearing to go for the tough trip to Naples.

Napoli have the means to score against Real Madrid, but the Spanish side have what it takes to secure their spot in the next round of the Champions League.

Team News

Napoli – Dries Mertens is a doubt with a calf problem for Napoli, though should be fit to feature here.

All in all, Maurizio Sarri is not expected to make wholesale changes to his strongest XI. (more…)