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Match preview: Saints v Reading

Southampton welcome the Royals to St. Mary’s this afternoon, looking to notch up their fourth win of the season. The Saints are currently sat in the bottom three, but if they win and other results go in their favour, they could jump as high as 15th. Southampton head in to today’s game with doubts over star signing Gaston Ramirez, who travelled to Uruguay and back this week, due to a family bereavement. It is thought he has declared himself available for the game, but boss Nigel Adkins will have to take in to account the players mental and physical state ahead of the match. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is included in the squad, but starts on the bench. Reading found themselves on the wrong end of a seven goal thriller against Manchester United last weekend. Sat one place behind the Saints and three points adrift, the Royals need to win to ensure the gap between them and the teams above does not grow wider. Here’s a look at the best performing players from each team, with stats provided by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index: