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27 April 2018

A look at Town's visit to the Madejski Stadium

Current standings: Reading sit 19th in the Championship table with one win in their last five outings. The Royals need one more point from their two remaining games to avoid the drop this term. Town are 14th, also with one win in their last five.

League form:
Reading – 4/15 points
Sheff Wed (A) L 3-0
Sunderland (H) D 2-2
Fulham (A) L 1-0
Preston (H) W 1-0
Aston Villa (A) L 3-0

Town – 4/15 points
Aston Villa (H) L 4-0
Nott’m Forest (A) L 2-1
Barnsley (H) W 1-0
Brentford (A) L 1-0
Millwall (H) D 2-2

Last time we met: Town 2-0 Reading 16.12.17
Town cruised to a 2-0 win over Reading when the sides last met in September. Blues were ahead inside three minutes when Callum Connolly latched onto Martyn Waghorn’s through ball before firing low past Vito Mannone. The hosts doubled their lead after 27 minutes with Joe Garner heading in from a corner. Dave Edwards came close to netting for the visitors but was denied superbly by Jordan Spence’s block.

Previous meetings at Madejski:
09.09.16 Reading 2-1 Town
11.09.15 Reading 5-1 Town
16.08.14 Reading 1-0 Town
03.08.14 Reading 2-1 Town
31.12.11 Reading 1-0 Town

One to watch: Modou Barrow
Barrow has scored some crucial goals for Reading this season including a strike in Royals’ last win over Preston earlier this month. Has found the net 10 times this season and has also contributed four assists.

Could be the difference: Town at the Madejski
Blues haven’t won away against Reading since a 1-0 victory under Jim Magilton in March 2009 – a run stretching seven games. Time for that to end.

Match officials:
Referee – Keith Stroud
Assistants – Mark Pottage & Graham Kane
Fourth official – Tim Robinson


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