Tonight's Championship game a potential title decider

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Southampton v ReadingTonight’s game between Southampton and Reading is potentially a title decider in the Championship and the race for promotion to the Premier League. The two sides are tied on 82 points but the Saints (5/4 to win the match) have a vastly superior goal difference. Southampton are chasing a 10th Championship win in 14 and are hoping to match Reading's 25 victories, having lost one of the last 15, and failed to score in one of 13.

Of 38 competitive match-ups, Southampton have won 14 and Reading 10 with 14 have finishing all-square, including the corresponding fixture this season, when Southampton had their skipper Dean Hammond sent off. 

Nigel Adkins side are unbeaten in seven Championship games at St Mary's (W4, D3). They are the top scorers in the division with 76 goals in 42 games and top marksman Rickie Lambert (9/2 First Goal Scorer) has notched 26 of those.

Reading (21/10 to win the match) are bidding for a fifth successive league win and an unrivalled 26th of this Championship campaign. They've won 14 in 2012, which is four more than Southampton. Although they are facing the most prolific attack in this season’s Championship, Reading do boast the meanest defence having conceded just 36 goals this season.

Reading have only been beaten twice in the last 11 league matches against Southampton since 1957. The most recent two matches have both finished up 1-1 draws.

Team News

Southampton will be without midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who has not recovered from the knee injury picked up against Portsmouth. Defensive duo Dan Seabourne and Radhi Jaidi are both fit and pushing to be involved.

Reading are without midfielder Jem Karacan after he broke his ankle in the recent match against Leeds. With Jay Tabb and Mikele Leigertwood also doubtful, Tomasz Cwyka and Hayden Mullins could again play in midfield.

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