Reading will need to do something they have yet to achieve this season - take three points from a Premier League fixture. The Royals have only been beaten on four occasions - the same amount as Tottenham - but they are yet to break their winning duck upon returning to the top level and will be aware that weekend opponents Everton are no pushovers. The Toffees continue to occupy a standing inside the UEFA Champions League places and are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run, with David Moyes having brought the best out of a tight-knit unit. Everton won the last time the clubs met in the league in 2008, but were knocked out of the FA Cup by the Royals in 2011.
• A third of Reading's 12 goals have been scored in the last five minutes of their league matches.
• The Toffees have hit the woodwork 11 times in the Premier League this season; more than any other team. They only hit the frame of the goal 12 times in the whole of 2011-12.
Brian McDermott has confirmed that Alex McCarthy, Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie are all still unavailable for the visit of Everton this weekend. Jimmy Kebe has picked up a groin problem and is currently a doubt, with Garath McCleary his likely deputy on the right flank. Chris Gunter could keep his role at right-back after getting the nod ahead of Shaun Cummings last weekend, while Pavel Pogrebnyak will also hope to return to the side in place of Noel Hunt.
A Federici • C Gunter, G Gorkss, S Morrison, N Shorey • G McCleary, J Tabb, M Leigertwood, J McAnuff • J Roberts, P Pogrebnyak
Kevin Mirallas has been ruled out of the trip to Reading with a hamstring injury. His place in the Toffees' starting line-up is likely to be taken by Steven Naismith. Tony Hibbert’s likely absence affords Seamus Coleman yet another chance to impress at right-back, while Darron Gibson is still out with an ongoing thigh injury.
T Howard • S Coleman, P Jagielka, J Heitinga, L Baines • S Naismith, P Neville, L Osman, S Pienaar • M Fellaini • N Jelavic