Reading v Crystal Palace team news & stats

Date published: Friday 11th March 2016 9:39

Connor Wickham: Crystal Palace striker misses Reading game

Connor Wickham: Crystal Palace striker misses Reading game

Crystal Palace have won all three of their previous FA Cup ties against Reading going into Friday’s quarter-final clash at the Madejski Stadium.

Team news

Reading are expected to recall Paul McShane and Hal Robson-Kanu after they rested minor injuries in the midweek defeat at Huddersfield in the Championship, while Matej Vydra is back in training after three weeks out with a hamstring problem and could be involved.

Midfielder George Evans and forward Yann Kermorgant sit out, however, as they are cup-tied.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are without Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh, both owing to adductor injuries, and James McArthur, who has torn his ankle ligaments.

Wayne Hennessey should be in contention after missing last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool through injury, while Jason Puncheon is also fit again.

Kick-off at the Madejski Stadium on Friday evening is at 7.55pm.

Opta stats

Crystal Palace have progressed on all three occasions they’ve met Reading in the FA Cup – in 1931 (after two replays), 1932 and 1953 (after a replay).

Reading have not kept a clean sheet in any of their six FA Cup matches against Crystal Palace.

The last five meetings between these sides in Reading in all competitions have produced 24 goals.

The Royals have made the quarter-final of the FA Cup for the fifth time in their history, and fourth time since 2010. They made the semi-finals last season, losing out to Arsenal after extra-time.

The Eagles have reached their first FA Cup quarter-final since 1995 – beating Wolves in a replay before losing out to Manchester United in the semi-final.

Reading have already beaten Premier League opposition in the FA Cup this season, beating West Brom 3-1 in the last round.

Crystal Palace have won five of their last six away games in the FA Cup, including each of the last four.

The Royals are unbeaten in all nine of their home games in 2016 so far (all competitions – W5 D4).

Alan Pardew’s side have scored exactly twice in each of their last two away games, though they’ve failed to win either of them (D1 L1). All four goals were scored by Conor Wickham.

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