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Arsenal should cement third place against Coppell's struggling Royals

PUBLISHED: 14:52 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:58 07 September 2010

Arsenal should further cement their hold on third place – and Champions League football – when Reading visit The Emirates on tomorrow (12.45pm). The Royals have been sucked into the relegation scramble despite home wins over Birmingham and Manchester City

Arsenal should further cement their hold on third place - and Champions League football - when Reading visit The Emirates on tomorrow (12.45pm).

The Royals have been sucked into the relegation scramble despite home wins over Birmingham and Manchester City and an unexpected three points at Boro in the past month.

But on Saturday Fulham earned their first away win in 33 games with a 2-0 victory at the Madejski, propelling Reading closer to the danger zone.

Worryingly, it could have been more and manager Steve Coppell (pictured) looked a worried man.

In truth, eight home wins is a decent return - but away from the M4 corridor they have been awful. That trip to the Riverside yielded their only win on the road this season - they have lost 12 of their 16 matches away from Berkshire. Last season they showed spirit in a 2-1 loss at The Emirates. Reading are now scrapping for their lives, just three points off the final relegation place with the three teams directly below them all picking up points over the weekend.

Goals, however, have not been a problem for Reading. Kevin Doyle, Stephen Hunt and ex- Gunner James Harper have netted five each in the league, while Spurs fan Dave Kitson needs one more to reach double figures in this campaign. But with 63 goals conceded in 34, the door is always open for their opponents.


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