When : Saturday 18th January 2019, 3pm
Where : The Den, London, SE16 3LN
Capacity : 20,146
Away Stand : North Stand (usually the upper tier)
What might I see in the area : Absolutely no intimidation of any kind whatsoever
Millwall away. They don't come much harder than this one this season. Millwall are unspectacular and unfancied but full of the simple basics like spirit, fight and generally keeping things simple. It's proving very effective too, under new manager Gary Rowett, who has only overseen 2 defeats in the 14 league games he's had in charge.
One of those defeats was at Reading and since that game Millwall have played 12 in the league, won 6 and drawn 5 so this one will require everyone up for it and 100% on their game - especially as the source of Millwall's success this season has been their home form which is identical to that of Leeds with only 2 defeats (but those defeats were surprises to QPR and Barnsley). The big thing to note here is that Millwall have scored in every one of their home games this season so a really big effort is needed to keep a clean sheet..
Jed Wallace is the player to shackle and cut off all supply to in this one. Jed is leading scorer with 9 from 25 games. Matt Smith and Tom Bradshaw also lead the way with 6 and 8 goals respectively. Of their former Royals, Bod, is a perennial substitute for Millwall while Cooper is a nailed on certainty to start (if he's fit) though he's only managed the 1 goal from his 27 league games this season.
Millwall are largely fully fit but Shane Williams will be suspended after being dismissed at Stoke on Saturday. Millwall are contemplating an appeal on the decision however. Reading have Joao out for 7 or 8 weeks plus Andy Yiadom still nursing injury.
Mr Keith Stroud
28 Sep 2019 > Swansea City 1-1 Reading
05 May 2019 > Reading 0-0 Birmingham City
10 Apr 2019 > Norwich City 2-2 Reading
27 Oct 2018 > Swansea City 2-0 Reading
28 Apr 2018 > Reading 0-4 Ipswich Town
02 Dec 2017 > Sunderland 1-3 Reading
04 Nov 2017 > Derby County 2-4 Reading
01 Apr 2017 > Reading 1-0 Leeds United
14 Feb 2017 > Reading 3-2 Brentford
19 Nov 2016 > Reading 3-0 Burton Albion
28 Dec 2015 > Reading 1-2 Brentford
07 Nov 2015 > Cardiff City 2-0 Reading
03 Oct 2015 > Reading 2-0 Middlesbrough
14 Apr 2015 > Reading 0-1 Bournemouth
29 Mar 2014 > Reading 1-1 Huddersfield Town
11 Jan 2014 > Watford 0-1 Reading
13 Aug 2011 > Leicester City 0-2 Reading
03 Apr 2010 > Ipswich Town 2-1 Reading
06 Feb 2010 > Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Reading
29 Dec 2007 > Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading
22 Sep 2007 > Reading 2-1 Wigan Athletic
25 Feb 2006 > Reading 2-1 Preston North End
23 Aug 2005 > Reading 3-1 Swansea City (League Cup)
This will be the 98th league game against Millwall and therefore the 49th time Reading will have trekked across to South East London. Currently it is definitely a case of the home team ruling as Millwall have won more than half of those league games (26) to Reading's tally of just 10. There is also a tendency to concede goals like they're going out of fashion at Millwall with Reading's 38 strikes being well and truly trounced by double the amount from Millwall.
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