When : Saturday 20th February 2021, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Neil Warnock brings his Middlesbrough team down to Reading next for the usual no quarter given game from one of his teams.
The ‘boro are not in good form with just 4 points (1 win, 1 draw) from their last 18 but you should all still expect a very difficult time of it as Middlesbrough will still be well organised and battle all the way so Reading really need to be in the right frame of mind. Middlesbrough are also currently much better away from home and Reading’s home form has nosedived with 2 defeats from 2 games...
George Saville, Johnny Howson and Britt Assombalonga are the players that stand out as being the ones to shackle. Alleged Reading loan target in January, Neeskins Kebano, ended up joining the ‘boro instead on transfer deadline day.
Yannick Bolasie is out injured and defender Paddy McNair is suspended while Reading’s injury crisis improved slightly in midweek with Moore and Puscas now available again but Laurent replaced them in injury hell though we all still wait to hear what is wrong and how long he’ll be out, so who knows if he’ll be in contention for this game or not.
And, so speaking of Josh, just for the record he and Veljko Paunović have been placed on the POTM and MOTM Championship shortlists for January 2021!
30 Dec 2020 > Swansea City 0-0 Reading
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
17 previous seasons so 17 previous visits from the ‘boro. Those 17 games have worked out fairly symmetrically so far with 5 wins, 6 draws and 6 defeats. However in the last 270 minutes of football played against Middlesbrough at the Mad Stad, Reading have scored just 1 goal, conceded 5 and collected precisely 0 points in the process.
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