When : Saturday 11th December 2021, 3pm
Where : The Hawthorns, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4LF
The good thing about Reading’s biennial trip to the Hawthorns is that no-one will expect very much, especially given the unbelievable injury problems at the club. Therefore anything from this is a bonus despite the seemingly precarious current league position.
West Brom are, as usual, amongst the favourites for a quick return to the PL for another relegation season though their current form leaves a bit to be desired, for a club with their resources, being as it is a run of 1 win and 3 draws from 5. That win though was last time out and was recorded away at a really quite useful Coventry so maybe the Baggies “boing, boing” bandwagon is getting back on track.
Jake Livermore, Grady Diangana and Alex Mowatt are the midfield obstacles that Reading need to control so that supply to the likes of Karlan Grant, Matt Phillips and Callum Robinson is minimised. After Mr Grant’s 9 goal contribution the goals are spread around a bit with the aforementioned Mowatt, Phillips and Robinson all on 3 goals each so serious consideration on how to stop this lot needs to be given.
WBA injuries amount to 2 players out; Kean Bryan and Dara O’Shea. Reading are currently back up in double figures (12) again with Araruna, Rinomhota, Meite, Joao, McIntyre, Hoilett, Morrison, Moore, Azeez, Ejaria, Yiadom and Clarke all currently in treatment though it is hoped Hoilett, Moore, Ejaria, Yiadom and Azeez might be able to be considered to partake of the midland air. We shall see.
21 Aug 2021 > Coventry City 2-1 Reading
20 Feb 2021 > Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough
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
This will be the 18th visit to The Hawthorns for a league game and it’s a right tale of woe with a catalogue of defeat after defeat stretching all the way back to the 1920s.
Reading have managed to produce a fairly consistent run of defeats (13) from their 17 previous league visits with the only sojourn being a couple of wins back in the mid 1980s of all seasons. So it’s now 11 league visits and 33 years since Reading last lowered the West Brom colours in a league trip to the Hawthorns, 1-0 in February 1988. Consequently the goal difference is a bit cr@p with 11 goals scored and 35 conceded.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use a RoyalsTV subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)