When : Friday 31st January 2020, 7.45pm
Where : Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ
Capacity : 33,280
Away Stand : One side of the Grange Stand and the corner with the Ninian Stand
What might I see in the area : Wales
The double header is almost here. Two evening trips to the same place in the land of song in 4 days is not what most of us wanted but it’s what’s next on offer.
Reading’s play off charge has now more or less collapsed after the Bristol disappointment and the problem is very plain, the team is sadly lacking any real threat going forward without Joao and to be honest I’ll be surprised if anyone arrives on loan or otherwise to change things.
Cardiff sit 12th in the division 5 points above Reading. They are currently on a run of 2 wins from their last 9 league games and have also drawn 4 and won 1 of their last 5 home games in all competitions. However the Bluebirds have only lost 1 home game (to Bristol City) since the season started so it won’t be particularly easy to collect 3 points especially with the difficulties Reading are currently having in posing any real offensive threat.
Goals are spread about the Cardiff team with Lee Tomlin on 6 and Joe Ralls and Danny Ward leading the way with 5 in the league so it’ll be a matter of starving their creativity and finding time to make things happen for ourselves if any reward is to be safely gathered in.
Joao, Miazga and Yiadom will not feature for the Royals while Cardiff just have doubts over Joe Ralls and Danny Ward.
Simon Hooper gets the league game for his first Reading match since the end of 2017
30 Dec 17 > Barnsley 1-1 Reading
12 Feb 17 > Reading 1-1 Fulham
07 May 17 > Burton Albion 2-4 Reading
09 Aug 16 > Reading 2-0 Plymouth Argyle (League Cup)
05 Mar 16 > Reading 2-2 Fulham
26 Dec 15 > Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Reading
17 Feb 15 > Reading 0-1 Wigan Athletic
16 Aug 14 > Reading 1-0 Ipswich Town
23 Sep 14 > Derby County 2-0 Reading (League Cup)
14 Apr 14 > Reading 1-1 Leicester City
20 Mar 12 > Peterborough United 2-1 Reading
26 Dec 11 > Reading 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
01 Jan 11 > Swansea City 1-0 Reading
28 Dec 09 > Plymouth Argyle 4-1 Reading
18 Aug 09 > Swansea City 0-0 Reading
It’s the 30th trip to Cardiff in the league and as you’d expect Cardiff have the upper hand by 13 wins to 8 with 8 draws.
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