Reasons to believeReading's 2012/13 campaign in the Barclays Premier League has been far from predictable. A reasonable start, that long wait for a first win, then a slump in form before a magnificent turn around in form up until February. Another sticky patch has been suffered since then - but who would bet against a resurgent Royals to launch another twist in this season?
Reasons to believe...
SEVEN GAME SWING
- After a run of seven consecutive defeats between 24 November and 22 December, the Royals showed their resilience in the next seven. As well as two FA Cup victories, the Royals turned things around by winning four, drawing two and losing just one.
- The results: Swansea (H) drew 0-0, West Ham (H) won 1-0, Spurs (A) lost 3-1, West Brom (H) won 3-2, Newcastle (A) won 2-1, Chelsea (H) drew 2-2, Sunderland (H) won 2-1.
- The Royals were bottom of the league before this run of seven games, but after the Sunderland win were two points clear of the relegation zone.
- If the Royals were to repeat this feat, Nigel Adkins' men would finish with a points total of 37 points - enough for survival according to QPR boss Harry Redknapp. This points tally has also been enough to remain in the Barclays Premier League in four of the five last seasons.
- In our post-Christmas resurgence, the average/mean league table position of our opponents (going into each game) was 9th. The current average/mean league position of the next seven opponents is 11th.
- The Royals play at Madejski Stadium more times than playing away - with four home games coming up and three on the road.
- We've picked up 18 of our 23 points this season at home - 78% of our points total has been accumulated at Madejski Stadium.
- Our away fixtures are against Norwich City (14th), Fulham (10th) and West Ham United (11th).
- The Royals were undefeated against these three teams earlier this season - defeating the Hammers December and earning draws against Fulham and Norwich.
- Norwich: Our record away at Norwich is solid. Since the turn of the century, the Royals have won three times in Norfolk and have lost just twice.
- Fulham: The Royals perhaps should have taken all three points when the two sides met in October. Reading have proved they can win at Craven Cottage - as Kevin Doyle's penalty earned us all three points in November 2006.
- West Ham: Reading have picked up nine points out of a possible nine in our last three games against the Hammers - and are undefeated at Upton Park since 2004. Our 4-2 away win at the tail-end of the last season will live long in the memory for Royals supporters.