When : Saturday 13th February 2020, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Saturday sees the arrival of Millwall into town for the next step in the quest for promotion. Games now are starting to sort themselves out into the handful of those that are going to be very difficult and remainder that are seen as the proverbial banana skins, all thanks to the excellent (so far) season that the squad are at last managing to put together after three seasons of utter garbage. Therefore most of the time fans are now starting to expect some sort of return which itself creates more pressure on the team, least I think it does, it's been so long since Reading were any good I can't really remember.
Millwall at home is probably going to be seen as one of the latter game types but as ever things have to be approached correctly and due respect given otherwise a cropper you shall come and Danny Baker will be lording it over us all for at least 30 minutes afterwards and we don't want that!
Sitting just below the mid table mark, Millwall are actually quite difficult to beat having drawn 14 of their 28 games to date and their season is really more or less over already. Last time out Millwall beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 to clock up just their second home win of the season which has really been the underlying problem that has curtailed their season, just 2 wins from 14 games at the Den isn't really what you'd expect from a Millwall team even if 9 of those games have been drawn. Millwall’s GD is 0 having scored 26 and conceded 26 which means that on average Millwall both score and concede less than 1 goal a game so it looks like it will be hard to break through.
That Sheffield win increased Millwall's unbeaten league run to 5 games and of course they haven't had rearranged game stuck in to the middle of this week to give them issues over tiredness and injuries etc. so just turning up and expecting won't be enough. In their ranks are 4 ex Reading players as well (Bod, Cooper, Evans and Pearce) so you can guess which players are going to be right up for this before a ball is even kicked.
The main threat comes from midfielder Jed Wallace who has notched 6 goals, which is 3 more than the joint second highest scorers of Tom Bradshaw and defender Scott Malone. Maikel Kieftenbeld and George Evans joined Millwall in the January window so that may go some way to explain the unbeaten run (2 wins (v Sheff Wed and at Huddersfield) and 3 draws (v Watford, Norwich & Cardiff)) that the club are now enjoying.
Millwall have doubts over Ryan Leonard and Maikel Kieftenbeld but midfielder Billy Mitchell could be in line for his first game of the season after a long injury absence. Reading are as you were with Araruna, Moore and Puscas but now have Swift due an MRI scan on a soft tissue injury and Meite crocked by a groin problem. Both are out of this game at least. Here we go again....
Lastly, a win in this game should finally ensure safety from relegation!
Mr Andrew "been around for years" Woolmer
14 Jul 20 > Reading 1-2 Middlesbrough
15 Feb 20 > Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Reading
09 Nov 19 > Reading 3-0 Luton Town
01 Oct 19 > Reading 1-4 Fulham
19 Jan 19 > Derby County 2-0 Reading
18 Oct 16 > Reading 1-2 Aston Villa
27 Aug 16 > Cardiff City 0-1 Reading
23 Aug 14 > Nottingham Forest 4-0 Reading
08 Apr 14 > Bournemouth 3-1 Reading
29 Oct 11 > Crystal Palace 0-0 Reading
12 Apr 11 > Scunthorpe United 0-2 Reading
15 Apr 10 > Reading 3-0 Coventry City
16 Sep 08 > Reading 6-0 Sheffield Wednesday
17 Sep 05 > Reading 1-0 Crewe Alexandra
Party on! This will be the 100th league game against Millwall and therefore the 50th time Reading will have played them at home. Currently it is definitely a case of the home team ruling as Reading have won 29 of those 46 games and lost just 12 (more or less the opposite of the games at Millwall).
There is usually a stack of goals between the sides, Reading have netted 95 while Millwall have managed 48.
So it'll be a pretty useless 0-0 then.
How to follow the game
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The other fixtures involving teams in the top 6 this weekend:
- (2nd) Norwich City v Stoke City (9th)
(18th) Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth (6th)
(21st) Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City (3rd)
(4th) Watford v Bristol City (10th)
- (1st) Brentford v Barnsley (13th)