Stat attack Reading
- 12 March 2011 09:11
- Posted by David Clayton/Alex Rowen
Reading stand between City and the possibility of a Wembley semi-final. Ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup sponsored by E.ON tie, we’ve found you all the relevant facts, figures and statistics…
As the only non-Premier League side left in the competition, Reading will be looking to upset the odds in traditional FA Cup style. Despite not competing in the top flight, Sunday’s visitors have knocked out Premier League duo West Brom and Everton on their way to the sixth round.
The odds are certainly in City’s favour as 25 places separate the teams in the league standings. But draws against lower league opposition in the shape of Leicester City and Notts County prove that City must take nothing for granted.
The hosts have also gone ten games without losing at CoMS – the last reverse being the 2-1 defeat to Everton in December last year.
Reading have been impressive themselves of late, losing only two of their last 15 games in all competitions and currently unbeaten in seven
This is only the third time that the two sides have been drawn together in the FA Cup. In both previous ties, Reading travelled to Manchester and came away with a draw – only to lose 4-0 and 7-0 in the replays.
The visitors will be confident of facing City at CoMS having lost won only once in the last four meetings between the two clubs and conceding only two goals.
The Royals will be seeking to match their best run in the Cup by progressing through to only their second semi-final – a feat they last accomplished in 1927. Unlike their opponents, City have reached the final on eight occasions and have lifted the trophy on four of those.
The Blues’ goal-scoring form in the FA Cup this season has been good. They have hit the back of the net 15 times with ten different scorers - this is a stat that will worry the Reading defence who have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 games.
But Reading have their own firepower in Shane Long. The Irish striker has scored four goals in his last four FA Cup games for Reading.
Another player who will need to be at his best if Reading hope to shock their hosts is former City defender Matthew Mills – if he is passed fit. The Royals skipper made two appearances for City during his time at CoMS, before moving to Doncaster Rovers in 2008.