With two games to play the Royals are desperate for points as they look to secure their Premier league future, Spurs on the other hand have absolutely nothing to play for, which could actually work against Reading.
The pressure is mounting on the Royals as they sit just one point and one place above the relegation zone and defeat against Spurs would guarantee they would finish the game in the relegation zone.
Doobs on putting Berbatov in his pocket;
‘If I am 100% I can deal with that threat. In the FA Cup game he got a penalty and a shot that took a deflection but other than that he didn’t threaten us.
‘When you see Berbatov dropping deeper and deeper then you know you are doing your job. The further away he is from our goal the better.’
Reading Team News:
Moronic African duo Ibrahima Sonko and Emerse Fae are both suspended internally following refusal to lay for the reserves, not that they would have played today anyway.
Bryn Gunnarsson and Jimmy Kebe are back in contention for a place on the bench.
Player to watch: Leroy Lita
His first game back in front of the Reading fans will offer Lita a huge boost. Is pace and ability to create something out of nothing is something Reading have seriously been lacking in recent weeks.
Spurs Team News:
Tottenham full-back Alan Hutton picked up a toe injury last week against Bolton but should be fit to start.
Ledley King, Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all out for the season.
Player to watch: Dimitar Berbatov
The Bulgarian has already scored an incredible six goals against the Royals this season, so Michael Duberry better hope he can handle him today.
Match Facts & Stats
A defeat for Reading would definitely see them drop into the relegation zone with Birmingham and Fulham playing each other.
Spurs can still finish in the top half, but would have to beat both Reading and Liverpool in their final games.
Reading have not scored for 5 games.
Spurs have drawn their last four games 1-1.
Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Spurs have got nothing to play for which could work in their favour as there is absolutely no pressure on them.
Reading need to score today to get that monkey off their back and would be pleased with at least a point going into the final game at Derby.
Unfortunately I think Spurs are going to nick this one.
My prediction: Reading 1-2 Spurs
Derby (a) 11/05/08