When : Tuesday 7th July, 6pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
And so Reading take their mid table obscurity and nothing but pride to play for season into a home game against struggling Huddersfield. Sometimes it’s easier to play these sides when there is nothing to play for as players can be more relaxed but equally sometimes it isn’t for the exact same reason.
Huddersfield I’d expect to battle and if they still approach games with a high tempo and high press then Reading may well struggle again and have us all berating players and management alike again. In their last 5 games though, Huddersfield have been beaten 3 times and won just once but that was on their last away trip to an equally mid table and nothing to play for Birmingham so Reading do need to take care in this one.
Karlan Grant is the one to watch for the opposition having bagged 18 in the league in 38 appearances. Juninho Bacuna and Steve Mounie are the next highest scorers with 6 and 8 respectively therefore goals for Huddersfield come from fairly predictable sources so it’s really a matter of cutting the supply lines to them so I would suggest Rinomhota and Pele both need to start this one.
Reading may have a doubt over Meite who was reported to be limping slightly after the Luton cruise. Miazga is out, serving the last game of his 3 game ban, and Joao is almost but not quite back yet. Yiadom, I believe, is available but short of match fitness.
Steve Martin is back again.
05 October 19 > Bristol City 1-0 Reading
13 April 19 > Reading 2-1 Brentford
13 Feb 19 > Reading 2-1 Blackburn Rovers
22 Dec 2018 > Reading 0-1 Middlesbrough
14 Apr 2018 > Reading 2-2 Sunderland
27 Feb 2018 > Nottm Forest 1-1 Reading
11 Dec 2017 > Reading 2-2 Cardiff City
23 Sep 2017 > Reading 1-1 Hull City
26 Aug 2017 > Birmingham City 0-2 Reading
24 Jan 2017 > Reading 1-0 Fulham
15 Oct 2016 > Queen's Park Rangers 1-1 Reading
15 Mar 2016 > Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Reading
23 Jan 2016 > Reading 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
19 Sep 2015 > Bristol City 0-2 Reading
25 Mar 2014 > Reading 1-3 Barnsley
The first time Reading played Huddersfield was at Elm Park in October 1975, since then then there has been another 21 home league games and, overall, Reading have the edge on by 12 wins to 4 and have scored 34 to the Terrier’s 22. Recently though it’s been anyone’s game with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats from the last 6 home games.
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