Steve Coppell thinks that Sam Allardyce has done a good job so far at Newcastle and thinks the Tyneside club will give Reading a “great test” on Saturday.
Newcastle have the opportunity to move into the top 4 on Saturday if they can negotiate all 3 points at the Madejski today.
But there again we’re sure that Reading and Steve Coppell will have something to say about that starting at 3pm today.
Steve Coppell – Reading’s very capable manager
Reading have let in a bunch of goals on their travels, 16 in 5 games to be exact, including last week’s 4-2 defeat at Blackburn which followed their 7-4 thrashing at Portsmouth.
But the Royals still have a decent home record and have conceded just 5 goals in the 5 home games so far this season. Coppell is hopeful his players can match Newcastleâ€™s men later today. Coppell talked about Newcastle yesterday:
“They have ambition and so has Sam – he is forceful in saying that about his club.â€“He has brought in nine players over the summer, five of them defenders, and transformed the back four.â€
“And he has so many options up front with Viduka, Martins, Owen and Smith.â€
“They look a potent force and the expectations there are such that they will be wanting to be in and around the European places.”
“But we are standing in their way at the moment so it will be a great test for us.””
A win against Newcastle today would give Reading the same number of points from their first 11 games as last season. And last season they finished way above Newcastle in 8th place and only narrowly missed out on European competition at their first attempt. It was a great performance for the club’s maiden season in the Premiership.,
Coppell is aware of that comparison but thinks it is of little value as he continued:
“It’s true but it doesn’t give me a great deal of comfort. It doesn’t help me or mean anything because this is a different season.â€
“I know people are saying that to try to make me feel better but for this part of the season up to Christmas it is just about accumulating as many points as you can, wherever you can.â€
“That is the only way I look at it.”
It should be a well contested game at between Reading and the Magpies – and certainly Newcastle will be there to take all 3 points if at all possible. A lot will depend on just how well the Newcastle defense plays, but they do seem to be improving in every game, but still let the odd poor goal in. If Newcastle can avoid that tomorrow, we think Newcastle can win the game â€“ and weâ€™re predicting a 2-0 scoreline. By 5pm this afternoon weâ€™ll see just how good our prediction is.
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