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Reading vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

Chelsea are at the Madejski Stadium tonight to take on Reading looking to close the gap on the top two. Here is a preview with team news, line-ups and predictions


Chelsea are at the Madejski Stadium tonight to take on Reading looking to close the gap on second-placed Manchester City.

The Blues head into the game off the back of Sunday’s disappointing 2-2 draw with League One Brentford which followed last weeks exit from the League Cup to Swansea, so Rafa Benitez will be demanding a response from his players tonight.

Chelsea have been given fresh hope of catching second-placed Man City after the champions were held by QPR on Tuesday night, so the west Londoners will look to cut the deficit to just three points with a win over Reading.

However, the hosts are desperate for points themselves as they battle to stay in the division. The Royals currently sit in the bottom three but are on a good run after picking up back-to-back wins over Newcastle and West Brom so Brian McDermott will look to maintain the momentum tonight.

Team News

Chelsea will be without first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech for the game after he failed to shake off an ankle knock that kept him out of Sunday’s FA Cup clash. Ross Turnbull will continue to deputise in goal.

Defender David Luiz is also out with a calf problem so John Terry is expected to continue alongside Gary Cahill at the back. Eden Hazard serves the second of his three match ban while Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are away at the African Cup of Nations with Nigeria.

Reading will be without striker Jason Roberts who is nursing a hip injury. Noel Hunt is also a major doubt after he picked up a knock against Sheffield United on Saturday. New signing Daniel Carrico is not expected to feature yet.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Chelsea have been excellent on the road this season having won five and drawn two of their last seven away games. Their recent record against the Royals is also impressive with the Blues taking 13 points from a possible 15,  so Reading are going to have a tough task to get anything tonight. Reading 1-2 Chelsea

What would your line up be and what’s your score prediction for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Michael igwe

    January 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Chelsea will win the game by 4 goals to 1

  2. Corper Dikeocha Stephen

    January 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    With the formation at hand tonight. Chelsea will disgrace Reading with 3-0 to nothing this night. There is no two ways about it. Up chelsea for life. Congrats in advance for two away winnings this week. Reading 0-3 chelsea. Saturday will be newcastle 0-2 chelsea. We owns the league title?

  3. Aujonia grate

    January 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Turnbul, azpili, cahill, terry, ramires, lampard, mata, osca, torres, ba. Reading 1 Chelsea 3

  4. emma james

    January 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    pls rafa shld nt cambleing dis game,we need a win,sathtamp n Q p R is real leason to learn,up blues.

  5. Prasad masurkar

    January 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Play Ba on the left instead of bertrand and torres in front

  6. great goodies

    January 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    reading 1 chelsea 3 up chelski blues 4ver!

  7. Afeez daramola

    January 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Play ba n torres don’t play bertrand or play MARCO marin in lift

  8. milton

    January 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    ivanovic, terry, cahill, cole
    marin ramirez, oscar mata
    ba, torres

  9. Afeez daramola

    January 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Chelsea will win dis game by 5goal to one

  10. udeme aduak

    January 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    basket ivanovich gahill terry cole ramires lampard mata oscar marin

  11. Emmanueal ezeji

    January 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Chelsea will win this match by 2 : 0

  12. Petosky

    January 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Whatever formation u want to apply, all i need is comfortable 3 point. Up chelsea!

  13. emeka

    January 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Its a straigt win 4 d blues…3 1

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