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Out Of Form Blackburn Visit

02 March 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading face Blackburn Rovers tonight at the Madejski Stadium looking to pick up some form after Saturday's important win at Rotherham. After such a good start to the season our form is more mid-table than promotion, and we need another three points to retain a secure position in the top six. After being top six all season it would be difficult to take dropping out of the play-off positions as the season hits the final straight. A Reading win would keep the very slim chance of automatic promotion alive too.

However, poor Reading's form has been Blackburn's is certainly worse. Their February saw a losing run of five straight defeats finally come to an end at home against Coventry City on Saturday - but they were still only able to pick up a single point. That run of form has seem fall down the table and the play-offs are now a huge 12 points away from them now. That poor run, Reading's position in the table, and home advantage does make Reading firm favourites for the full three points. The try latest coral sign-up offer if you think it might be a safe bet.

The Royals may have Yakou Meite back on the bench after he resumed full training, and manager Veljko Paunovic may be tempted to change the starting eleven up front with Joao looking out of sorts recently. It could be a change for Puscas to make a rare start. Defender Lewis Gibson is also expected to be available for selection. Andy Rinomhota is expected to miss the game with a hamstring injury picked up late on during Reading's win at Rotherham.

Reading were 4-2 winners at Blackburn earlier this season when we were top of the Championship - goals from Meite, Olise, Laurent and Joao completing a comfortable victory. Last season we lost twice to Rovers, but otherwise our recent form has been good. Tonight's game is being screen live on Sky TV with an 8pm kick-off.

Recent Meetings With BLACKBURN

27 October 2020 Blackburn (Away) Championship W: 4-2 Report... 0 1 Y Meite, M Olise, J Laurent, L Joao
18 July 2020 Blackburn (Away) Championship L: 3-4 Report... 0 15 J Swift, S Baldock, Y Meite
21 September 2019 Blackburn (HOME) Championship L: 1-2 Report... 16906 20 J Swift
13 February 2019 Blackburn (HOME) Championship W: 2-1 Report... 11271 21 J Swift, N Oliveira
22 August 2018 Blackburn (Away) Championship D: 2-2 Report... 11818 23 J Bodvarsson, J Bodvarsson
04 April 2017 Blackburn (HOME) Championship W: 3-1 Report... 15353 3 Y Kermorgant, Y Kermorgant, G McCleary
17 December 2016 Blackburn (Away) Championship W: 3-2 Report... 10982 3 D Samuel, L Moore, G Evans
07 May 2016 Blackburn (Away) Championship L: 1-3 Report... 13140 17 Y Kermorgant
20 December 2015 Blackburn (HOME) Championship W: 1-0 Report... 16529 11 D Williams
11 April 2015 Blackburn (HOME) Championship D: 0-0 Report... 17564 18
01 November 2014 Blackburn (Away) Championship L: 1-3 Report... 14237 15 G Murray

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