When : Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 8pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Top of the table WBA next, just what you want on the back of a run 6 winless league games where, to be honest, the performances have largely been less than impressive.
That said though, West Brom had fallen into a run of poor performances themselves with 1 league win in 8 before their 2-0 win at Millwall on Sunday so there might be chance for Reading to step up and make their mark but hopefully not in the way they did against the last bunch in poor form that rocked up to the Madejski.
Charlie Austin (8), Matt Phillips (7) and our old favourite Hal Robson-Kanu (7) lead WBA’s goal scoring records this season and that firepower has been increased with the signing of Kamil Grosicki from Hull in January (their other signing in the window was Cardiff’s Lee Peltier) so defensive organisation is going to be a must If Reading are going to get any success.
WBA have Gareth Barry on the verge of returning from a calf injury, defender Nathan Ferguson is out with a knee problem and Kieran Gibbs and Grady Diangana are also unlikely to be fit enough to play. At Reading players are starting to go down like ninepins. In addition to Boye, Miazga and Joao you can now add various problems for Loader, McIntyre, Gunter, Moore and Obita not to mention Yiadom not yet being quite ready to return plus Araruna and Masika who, while fit, have hardly had much time to integrate properly in training with games coming thick and fast as they are. Then there’s the disappearance of Olise for the last couple of weeks so I presume he is also crocked in some way.
So this game is going to take some careful consideration from the management and certainly call on more of the squad to fill the available places.
Lastly, as it’s a scheduled midweek game, it is available on the old red button - if you have a Sky Sports subscription.
Still looking for a Reading win is Matthew Donohue. This will be his 4th Reading attempt this season as the search goes on - but at least it looks like he is getting better at it.
11 Dec 19 > Barnsley 1-1 Reading
21 Sep 19 > Reading 1-2 Blackburn Rovers
10 Aug 19 > Hull City 1-0 Reading
This is the seventeenth league season shared with WBA and so far it’s all square all round with 5 wins each and 6 draws.
WBA, though, have only failed to score on 2 occasions while Reading have failed to score on 3 occasions so it all rather suggests there are goals to be had in this one so let’s hope they turn up in abundance for the home team.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use an iFollow subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)
- Red button