When : Wednesday 30th December 2020, 8pm
Where : Liberty Stadium, Morfa, Swansea, SA1 2FA
Capacity : 21,088
Reading’s injury ravaged squad now partakes of the last game of 2020 with a trip to the far west of Wales for a very difficult visit to Swansea City. It’s difficult to see any upside to this with the game being a) live on Sky (just 4 wins from the last 19 games on Sky since August 2017), b) a midweek evening away fixture (just 3 wins from 39 outings since 2014 and all 3 of those wins coming against teams beginning with ‘B’) and c) played by a Reading squad that has recently been struggling to find experienced fit players.
The Swans are in seriously good form at the moment with 6 wins and 2 draws from their last 10 games. They have suffered only 1 home defeat so far (to Huddersfield back in October) so it will take what could only be seen as a minor miracle for Reading to avoid a pointless excursion on Wednesday.
Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe are about as potent a forward line as you can get in the Championship and really must be starved of the ball by Reading’s midfield to give a chance of the aforementioned miracle. Not only that but Reading will also need to penetrate a defence, marshalled by the likes of Connor Roberts and Jake Bidwell, that has kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 games so Reading will definitely need to bring some form of attack with them for the game.
As ever Reading’s opponents do not appear to have too much to worry about injury wise. Swansea have a doubt over Kyle Naughton (hamstring) and Morgan Gibbs-White misses out with a broken foot. Reading should have Swift (presuming no adverse effects after Saturday) and possibly Joao back in contention but are still without; Araruna, Yiadom, Meite, Gibson, Puscas, Moore and Richards and, with the club’s luck so far, no doubt we’ll find a couple of others out of it (maybe McIntyre, Semedo?) just before this one kicks off.
30 Oct 2020 > Coventry City 3-2 Reading
26 Sep 2020 > Cardiff City 1-2 Reading
20 Oct 2018 > Reading 3-1 Millwall
29 Nov 2014 > Norwich City 1-2 Reading
24 Aug 2013 > Blackpool 1-0 Reading
01 Nov 2011 > Nottingham Forest 1-0 Reading
05 Dec 2009 > Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Reading
This will be the 35th league visit to Swansea who have been consistent opponents stretching all the way back to 1920. In that time there have been 9 wins for Reading and 17 wins for the Swans. There have been only 2 goalless draws in that run but Reading have had a tendency to “come a cropper real good” on several visits, esp. in the 1960s when the club conceded 5 goals on three consecutive visits. That said, though, the biggest win was Reading’s 6-1 hammering of Swansea back in 1989, of all seasons.
However Reading are still looking for their first league win at the Liberty Stadium being on a run of LDLDLD at the moment, so looks like another reason to be afraid of this one.
How to follow the game
- It’s on Sky
- 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 (audio only)
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)