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Royals Off To Wigan After Eventful Week
23 November 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?
It has been an eventful week at Reading Football Club after Chief executive Ron Gourlay left the club after a disappointing 16 months in charge. Reading's downward spiral continued with Gourlay in charge. Crowds have continued to drop alongside our standing in the league, and it is far from happy times at Reading Football Club. Nicky Hammond has ruled himself out of a return, and speculation continues as to how much longer Paul Clement will be in left in charge of managing the team.
Clement takes his struggling side to Wigan this weekend knowing a defeat could have big consequences as the owners shuffle things around behind the scenes. Wigan are favourites for the victory and it's difficult to see past that as Reading have picked up just six points away from home all season. You can try this football index referral code if you'd rather avoid betting on a Reading defeat.
It's not all doom and gloom though - the Royals are out of the relegation zone after four points from their last two games. The home win against Bristol City and the 2-2 draw with Ipswich Town was a reasonable return despite the disappointment of failing to beat the Championship's bottom club. Those two games would certainly be considered easier fixtures on paper compared to the run ahead. After this weekend's game at Wigan we have to travel to third placed Leeds United on Tuesday night.
The game at the DW Stadium might be viewed as an opportunity to pick up some points if we are serious about avoiding relegation. The Latics are on a run of four straight defeats in the league. However, although they say statistics don't lie, their last three defeats have all come against teams in the top four in the Division. There's no shame in away defeats at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.
Reading still have a number of injuries ahead of the trip to Wigan and Mo Barrow is a new addition to the list as he is likely to miss out due to illness. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Vito Mannone, Omar Richards, and Paul McShane are all still out of action.
Meanwhile Chris Gunter will hope to be involved after breaking the record as Wales' most capped player on Tuesday night. Gunter has now clocked up a massive 93 appearances for his country and is already considered something of a legend in Wales. Wales were beaten 0-1 by Albania as Gunter played the full ninety minutes and picked up a yellow card as he entered the Welsh history books.
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