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- Position Last Year – Promoted from the Championship
- League odds – 8001 (Reading) and Relegation – 2.5 (BoyleSport)
- FA Cup odds – 101 (SkyBet)
- League Cup odds – 67 (Bet365)
Who’s in who’s out?
- In – Adrian Mariappa, Chris Gunter, Nicky Shorey, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Danny Guthrie
- Out – Michail Antonio, Mathieu Manset, Brian Howard
Does that mean they’ve improved?
They have in Championship terms, and they’ve bought wisely for the premier league as well. Whether that’s sufficient to keep them up will take more than a few months to understand.
With Russian sugar-daddies writing the cheques McDermott isn’t exactly shopping in the bargain bin even if the upfront fees would suggest otherwise. The signing of Pogrebnyak can be seen as a bit of a coup as the man that spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham had many admirers both here and abroad. Although he’s signed on a Bosman free he will have received a large signing on fee and healthy wages in exchange for his John Hancock.
Bringing in Guthrie is smart as well, he equipped himself well in Newcastle’s midfield last season, particularly when filling in during Tiote’s absence. Brought in on a ‘free’ and at 25 he’s a good age bringing, resale value if Reading don’t stay up.
It’s solidity at the back that will be the deal breaker. Last season centre back Alan Pearce was voted the player of the season but Premier League strikers are not as accommodating as Championship ones and how he steps up the tests he’ll face could be vital. Nice to see Ian Harte back in there as well,
Where will they finish this year – 19th
Close but not quite. Of the teams coming up we think they’ll equip themselves the best, but could still be on the end of some unpleasant score lines.
Player worth watching?
Pogrebnyak would be the easy choice seeing as he managed a goal every other game in his loan spell with Fulham last season. But Ian Harte is back in the Premier League and everyone loves a left foot screamer.
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Who would they want back?
Old boy Sigurdsson is going to be plying his trade at Spurs this year so let’s go for Ibrahima Sonko. He was a solid presence in Reading’s first season in the Premier League and although he might not have left under the best of terms he added bite to that midfield.
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