When : Wednesday 26th February 2020, 8pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Almost a year since their last visit Wigan return to the Madejski. That game was very close to being a disaster for Reading with only very late goals saving the day so let’s hope Reading can accomplish a successful outcome a little more comfortably this time round.
Wigan arrive on the back of only 1 defeat in their last 6 games which has seen 3 wins including a 1-0 at Leeds so this is not going to be easy in the slightest. They do concede goals though with 6 going in their net in the last 4 games but equally that does mean they carry fight and attacking threat so must not be underestimated.
Chey Dunkley is the leading goalscorer with 6 and Chey is a defender which, to me, points to Wigan being decent at set pieces. Kieffer Moore is next with 5 goals and there’s few 2s and 1s scattered around the rest of their squad plus Josh Windass on 4.
Kieran Dowell will miss the game for Wigan through injury while Reading now have Ovie Ejaria rated doubtful for the game on top of the current list of casualties.
This, and the visit from Barnsley on the Saturday following, is going to be a key game. Failure to win either of these two will more than likely put this board into meltdown while winning both would more or less end the league season from Reading’s perspective and enable MB to go into to full experimentation mode. As we know though Reading just don’t make things easy for themselves but let’s just hope they can get it right this time.
It’s Geoff Eltringham who still hasn’t managed to referee a Reading home win though, surprisingly, he’s only taken charge of 2 games at the Mad Stad.
01 Jan 20 > Fulham 1-2 Reading
02 Mar 19 > Ipswich Town 1-2 Reading
02 Feb 19 > Reading 0-0 Aston Villa
29 Sep 18 > Brentford 2-2 Reading
03 Feb 18 > Reading 0-2 Millwall
22 Apr 17 > Nottingham Forest 3-2 Reading
17 Mar 17 > Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Reading
04 Feb 17 > Ipswich Town 2-2 Reading
13 Dec 16 > Leeds United 2-0 Reading
02 Apr 16 > Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Reading
12 Dec 15 > Preston North End 1-0 Reading
07 Apr 15 > Blackpool 1-1 Reading
23 Nov 13 > Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Reading
14 Feb 12 > Derby County 0-1 Reading
Wigan are one of the very few clubs that Reading have played in all four divisions. There have been twenty two previous visits from the Latics for league points and more often than not the outcome is decisive as there’s only been two draws (both 1-1) in that time.
Of the remaining twenty games Reading have won thirteen to Wigan’s seven but Wigan have won 3 of the last 5 games played.
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
- Red button
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)