When : Saturday 19 March 2022, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Blackburn’s team bus is scheduled to turn up next, be good if it didn’t contain any players but that’s probably a little on the unlikely side. However Reading did actually play well in the second half at Bournemouth so perhaps there’s a chance the club are on a roll at last and that if Blackburn do bring some players that Reading might at least make a game of it even though they’ve not won a home game on a Saturday since 16 October.
Tony Mowbray’s boys are on the slide, or possibly were on the slide as they did win last time out. A great run of victories at the end of last year lifted them into the automatic promotion places for a while but since a win at Cardiff in January it’s slipped a bit and their current form is 2 wins and 5 defeats from 10 and no goals away from Ewood in the last 616 minutes (almost 7 games). So I think we all know where that stat is likely to lead….
Blackburn have netted 48 in the league and Chilean international Ben Brereton is responsible for 20 of them so it’s pretty clear where Reading’s attention would need to be if it wasn’t for an ankle injury. And perhaps that’s been Rovers’ problem as the next forward threat is Sam Gallagher (and then I seem to recall he always does well when playing against the Biscuit boys) but he’s only managed 7 in 20 apps as Rovers’ second highest scorer. After Sam, Tyrhys Dolan and Reda Khadra seem to be doing quite well in the Blackburn midfield so will offer additional threat.
Other than the aforementioned Brereton, Blackburn will be without Ian Poveda, Tayo Edun and Ryan Nyambe while Reading should have John Swift back in the ranks and, touchwood, may actually be looking at an injury list where really it’s only Baba Rahman that’s out from what would be considered the usual senior squad members.
15 Jan 22 > Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading
09 Apr 21 > Watford 2-0 Reading
06 Mar 21 > Reading 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday
29 Jan 21 > Reading 3-1 Bournemouth
04 Jul 20 > Luton Town 0-5 Reading
28 Jan 20 > Reading 0-1 Bristol City
26 Dec 19 > Reading 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
03 Aug 19 > Reading 1-3 Sheffield Wednesday
08 Dec 18 > Reading 0-2 Sheffield United
03 Nov 18 > Reading 3-2 Bristol City
06 Mar 18 > Reading 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
02 Jan 18 > Reading 0-2 Birmingham City
09 Sep 17 > Reading 0-1 Bristol City
08 Apr 17 > Norwich City 7-1 Reading
24 Sep 16 > Reading 1-0 Huddersfield Town
21 Nov 15 > Reading 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
02 May 15 > Derby County 0-3 Reading
28 Dec 14 > Reading 2-1 Norwich City
21 Nov 14 > Cardiff City 2-1 Reading
12 Aug 14 > Reading 3-1 Newport County (League Cup)
10 Sep 11 > Reading 0-2 Watford
30 Apr 11 > Coventry City 0-0 Reading
22 Jan 11 > Reading 1-1 Hull City
02 May 10 > Reading 4-0 Preston North End
30 Jan 10 > Reading 1-0 Barnsley
Reading hadn't played a league game against Blackburn until a 1-1 draw on Saturday 1st December 1979. Since then there's been a further 11 visits from the Rovers and it's a case of 5 wins to Reading and 3 to Blackburn. Apart from one game, things have tended to be very close affairs with a goal deciding it or more than likely no goals happening whatsoever.
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