Adam Le Fondre broke new ground for a Barclays Player of the Month award winner when he scooped the accolade for January without starting a Premier League game, emerging from the bench for a total of 85 minutes during which time he scored five goals. Reading's 'impact sub' could be called upon again on Saturday as goals are bound to be at a premium against a Stoke side who have not won in the league since Boxing Day and who have failed to find the net 10 times this season, scoring a meagre 24 in total. Paul Chronnell

Venue Britannia Stadium

Tickets £25-£35 (01782 367599)

Last season N/A

Referee Michael Oliver

This season's matches 16 Y42, R1, 2.69 cards per game

Odds Stoke evens Reading 7-2 Draw 5-2

Stoke City

Subs from Sorensen, Cameron, Adam, Kightly, Shea, Wilson, Edu, Ness, Palacios, Owen, Jerome, Jones

Doubtful None

Injured None

Suspended None

Form guide LDLLLD

Disciplinary record Y51 R3

Leading scorer Walters, Crouch 5

Reading

Subs from Taylor, Shorey, Gunter, Carriço, Morrison, Karacan, Guthrie, Blackman, Le Fondre, Hunt, Tabb, Robson-Kanu

Doubtful None

Injured McCarthy (shoulder, Mar), Roberts (hip, unknown)

Suspended None

Form guide WDWWLW

Disciplinary record Y31 R0

Leading scorer Le Fondre 10

Match pointers

• Stoke have scored the highest ratio of goals in the first 15 minutes of games in the top flight this term (25%)

• Adam Le Fondre has scored five goals in his past four league appearances, all off the substitutes' bench

• Stoke have mustered fewer shots on target this season than any other team in the top flight (75)

• Reading have scored the highest ratio of goals in the final 15 minutes (41%) and the most in that period (13)

• Stoke have failed to beat Reading in their past seven meetings in all competitions


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