When : Saturday 8th February 2020, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
It's Hull City next for the mighty Royals. Hull will be all nice and fresh after a week without playing whereas Reading have been able to stock up on couple of excuses if this game goes down the toilet.
Hull are now minus the two players that made Hull a real concern. Both Bowen and Grosicki have left and promptly Hull crashed 5-1 at home to Brentford. Whether that is just Brentford being rather useful or Hull really only being about two players remains to be seen but that result couldn't have done much for their overall confidence.
Just one point above Reading in the table, Hull have been erratic this season which is probably what you'd expect from a mid table team. However it looks like their wagon is starting to lose it's wheels as they have hit a run of 4 straight league defeats (5 defeats if you include the FA Cup visit from Chelsea) which is usually just the sort of team Reading don't want a visit from if the last couple of seasons are anything to go by.
The loss of Grosicki and Bowen now leaves Tom Eaves as the top Hull goalscorer with 4 from 27 league games, Josh Magennis us next highest with 3 goals from 16 games so it looks fairly obvious where Hull's problems may well be for the remainder of the season. However they did pick up winger/midfielder Marcus Maddison on loan from Peterborough for the rest of the season and he didn't have too bad a scoring record in the division below with 9 in 16 for the Posh,
Hull will be with out Josh Bowler and Martin Samuelsen, and have doubts over Kingsley, de Wijs, Elder and Pennington. Reading have Yiadom back in training, so he may get a place on the bench, but no Miazga or Joao. New signings Ayub Timbe Masika and Felipe Araruna Hoffman are both available for selection but will probably only be on the bench if they are involved.
18 Aug 19 > Reading 3-0 Cardiff City
09 Mar 19 > Reading 3-2 Wigan Athletic
26 Dec 18 > Millwall 1-0 Reading
02 Oct 18 > Reading 0-1 Queens Park Rangers
28 Feb 18 > Reading 1-3 Sheffield United
19 Sep 17 > Reading 0-2 Swansea City (LC)
07 Mar 17 > Reading 0-0 Newcastle United
26 Dec 16 > Reading 3-1 Norwich City
29 Oct 16 > Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest
06 Aug 16 > Reading 1-0 Preston North End
15 Sep 15 > Reading 0-1 Derby County
There have been 25 previous league games in Reading against Hull City and it's not an especially good record either with 10 Reading wins compared to Hull's 7. On top of that Reading's recent run at home to Hull is not especially brilliant with two wins and four draws to show from the last 8 attempts. Defeats tend to be close affairs with just one goal deciding it (6 of Hull's wins have been by just 1 goal) while 8 of Reading's wins have been by at least a 2 goal margin. There has only been one 0-0 in those previous 25 games.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use an iFollow subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)