Premier League preview: Reading v Swansea
By Football News
Swansea City will travel to Reading on Boxing Day full of confidence after their draw with Manchester United on Sunday.
Michael Laudrup's side have been in indifferent form so far this season but the result against the Red Devils on the weekend will give the Welsh team a significant lift as the busy Christmas period continues.
Reading, meanwhile, have found life in the Premier League extremely tough, enjoying just one win as they sit bottom of the table with nine points.
The Royals head into the game off the back of a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Manchester City, with Gareth Barry scoring a controversial late header that manager Brian McDermott claimed 'ruined my Christmas'.
The two sides last faced each other in October in a game when Reading gave up a 2-0 lead to the Swans who rallied late, grabbing two second-half goals to ensure the game at the Liberty Stadium ended 2-2.
Spanish striker Michu scored one of his 12 Premier League goals that day and the former Rayo Vallecano man, who came to the Welsh club for just two million pounds in the summer, will be the main threat to the Reading defence, who have conceded 37 goals this season, the highest of any Premier League side.
However, Reading have had no trouble finding the back of the net in recent weeks. The Royals put three past Manchester United in their 4-3 loss earlier this month and backed this up by scoring two more against Arsenal, despite losing 5-2.
Adam Le Fondre is Reading's top scorer, with the 26-year-old finding the back of the net five times so far.
So despite their defensive frailties, McDermott's men have proven themselves more than adequate in scoring against the big sides and will be confident they can do the same against Swansea, particularly at the Madejski Stadium.
But despite their relatively effective attacking force, Reading's leaky defence is still a major cause for concern and this will likely be their downfall against a Swansea side who are noted for their crisp, attacking style of play.