When : Wednesday 15 March 2023, 7.45pm
Where : Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4JF
Capacity : 31,367
Oh deep joy, the time is right for another away game, the 6th such game of 2023 and Reading have a 100% record so far having played 5 and lost 5. It gets better as the club have not scored a goal away from Reading since Tom Ince scored in the 94th minute of the game at Birmingham in December 2022!
Of course this is going to be as difficult as you can get as Blackburn are pretty good and challenging for automatic promotion which is a bit like the circumstances that led to the last turdfest of an away trip to Middlesbrough so suggest quietly going away to hide somewhere though you would miss the chance of Reading adding to their record of 9 shots on target in the last 5 away games and the 3 shots on target in the last 270 minutes of trying to kick the round thing into the netty things.
To add to it all, this is a Wednesday nighter and Reading have only won 4 midweek away league games in the last 52 attempts. On the upside Blackburn begins with the letter B so there is a chance, though Blackburn away is one of the 4 wins already recorded in this odd statistic so could lightning strike twice?
Rovers have won 4 and lost 1 of their last 5 league games and have also won at Leicester “reserves” in the cup, so will be very formidable. In addition they haven’t conceded a home goal in the league since last year so this is the perfect opposition for Reading’s outstanding form and away record.
Ben Brereton-Diaz (11 goals) is the first name everyone knows that needs to be stopped but, for Reading, it’s usually Sam Gallagher (7 goals) that proves to be the biggest pain in the bottom. In addition Sammy Szmodics seems to be hitting very decent form plus Dominic Hyam is there to give a former Reading connection to have to handle.
Reading were getting dangerously close to a fit squad so the fates decided that wasn’t allowed and so gifted Reading three injuries (Yiadom, Dann and McIntyre) in the Millwall debacle to add to the injuries to Meite and Hutchinson. That said Blackburn are likely to be without 8 players: Bradley Dack, both Wharton brothers, Sam Barnes, Daniel Ayala, Thomas Kaminski, Clinton Mola and Jack Vale.
17 Feb 23 > Cardiff City 1-0 Reading
14 Jan 23 > Reading 2-2 Queens Park Rangers
04 Oct 22 > Reading 1-1 Norwich City
09 Jan 21 > Luton Town 1-0 Reading (FA Cup)
21 Nov 20 > Bournemouth 4-2 Reading
17 Oct 20 > Middlesbrough 0-0 Reading
12 Sep 20 > Derby County 0-2 Reading
11 Jul 20 > Charlton Athletic 0-1 Reading
14 Jan 20 > Blackpool 0-2 Reading (FA Cup)
26 Nov 19 > Reading 0-1 Leeds United
10 Nov 18 > Reading 2-2 Ipswich Town
15 Sep 18 > Preston North End 2-3 Reading
03 Apr 18 > Aston Villa 3-0 Reading
20 Jan 17 > Reading 0-1 Brentford
30 Nov 17 > Reading 3-0 Barnsley
11 Feb 17 > Reading 0-0 Barnsley
13 Aug 16 > Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Reading
14 Mar 15 > Watford 4-1 Reading
30 Aug 14 > Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading
As with most trips up north Reading do not have a particularly impressive record. At Ewood Park there is just two wins to show from the thirteen previous league visits. A more positive view though might be to say that Reading have won 1 of their last 2 visits to Ewood Park.
Overall the last 7 trips to Blackburn have seen no clean sheets and 18 goals conceded.
Since the first league game at Ewood (in April 1980) the full league record there is played 13 won 2, drawn 5, lost 6, for 22, against 30
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel all the way oop north
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Red button/Sky sports app
- Use a RoyalsTV subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)