MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (h) sponsored by going for the "lack of 1st half goals" record

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MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (h) sponsored by going for the "lack of 1st half goals" record

by Sutekh » 28 Sep 2017 08:11

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When : Saturday 30th September, 5.30pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161

Next Norwich City. And on the telly. No, really it is. Sky have actually decided to cover a Reading game and even more amazingly it isn't QPR or Ipswich either. Will it be a case of yet more ineptitude as Reading totally fail to play any from of football in their opponent's half or will it all come good suddenly and leave everyone glossing over the recent "fantastic" run of results.

In all likelihood comparisons will be made between Oliviera and Aluko - seems Reading were looking to buy Aluko OR Olivieira never both (according to some of the comments I've seen from the club in the media) - so let's all hope it's not too annoying for Reading supporters as Oliviera comes off the bench and scores while Aluko delivers another ball into Row Z

Norwich have recorded five consecutive clean sheets (apparently a club record) and only conceded one goal in the last six games (which was a late injury time consolation at Brentford). This will make the game even more fun when you consider the recent utter bluntness of Reading's thoroughly non threatening attack (it's so safe it has now got the British Safety Standard mark).

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Injuries should mean Norwich lose the services of Mario Vrancic (calf), Steven Naismith (groin) and Wes Hoolahan (knee) in addition to the long term absentees of Alex Pritchard, Matt Jarvis, Jamal Lewis and Louis Thompson.

Reading's catalogue of woe continues with no Kermorgant, Watson, Mendes, Obita and most likely being a game too soon for the return of Harriott or Mo Barrow. Expectation also is that there will be yet another bemusing player omission, of which we all know nothing as yet, but will be put down to some injury or other after the game.

Fans should also be prepared to be on the end of a lot of 7-1 references from our East Anglian friends, especially if there is a miracle and Reading take the lead, but more likely along the lines of "we want 8" every time they score.

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West Sussex has the honour of providing the services of American comic, and former English cricketer, Tim Robinson for this encounter

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Previously

29 Apr 17 > Reading 1-0 Wigan Athletic
01 Oct 16 > Reading 1-1 Derby County
02 Feb 16 > Ipswich Town 2-1 Reading
21 Sep 13 > Derby County 1-3 Reading

Historically

Norwich are one of those sides that used to be reasonably regular opponents until they found the second division in 1960 and since then, apart from 2009/2010, they've been consistently in the top two divisions so the two sides went about 35 years or so with no league meetings.

Therefore this game will be the 35th time the sides have played a league game in Reading. The home league record so far reads 18 Reading wins to 9 for Norwich with 63 scored and 44 conceded

So, based on that, are Reading twice as good as Norwich then? Think we can all guess the answer to that one.

How to follow the game

  1. Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
  2. Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
  3. Ring/text a mate for updates
  4. Use an iFollow subscription
  5. BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)
  6. SKY Football League Channel

Recommendation. Don't bother arriving until the second half.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (h) sponsored by going for the "lack of 1st half goals" record

by Hound » 28 Sep 2017 08:22

its difficult to feel too optimistic about this one isn't it?

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by Blakey's Chin » 28 Sep 2017 08:56

Oliveira to score anytime 6/4, lump

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by Tilehurstsouthbank » 28 Sep 2017 09:03

This match is now even more vital after Brum's win last night. If we don't win and other results don't go our way we will be sucked into the relegation zone. I suppose the fact we're playing later means the players will know what they need to do.

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by Norfolk Royal » 28 Sep 2017 09:19

Oliveira is a doubt for this one btw having missed the last game through injury. Probably be on bench though as local paper here saying he is on the verge of being match fit. He actually had a shocker in his last game.

Norwich are currently playing like we did in the early part of last season, their new German manager Farke trying to impose a possession based game. Expect the teams to cancel each other out. One goal will surely seal it for either team.


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by Hound » 28 Sep 2017 09:20

Reckon Sky have picked an absolute stinker here tbh

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by genome » 28 Sep 2017 09:23

We now go live to Reading vs Norwich

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by Hound » 28 Sep 2017 09:26

genome wrote:We now go live to Reading vs Norwich

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lolz

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by Tilehurstsouthbank » 28 Sep 2017 09:27

genome wrote:We now go live to Reading vs Norwich

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:lol:


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by under the tin » 28 Sep 2017 09:58

genome wrote:We now go live to Reading vs Norwich

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Can't be Reading, that's the halfway line.....Now if it had been around our penalty box.........

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by JoeyJoeJoeJnrShabadoo » 28 Sep 2017 14:49

thanks

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by Gunny Fishcake » 28 Sep 2017 16:52

genome wrote:We now go live to Reading vs Norwich

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That is so funny....wish I knew how to do that, best thing this week re RFC

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (h) sponsored by going for the "lack of 1st half goals" record

by 72 bus » 28 Sep 2017 16:56

Gunny Fishcake wrote:
genome wrote:We now go live to Reading vs Norwich

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That is so funny....wish I knew how to do that, best thing this week re RFC


Someone send that to Jaap


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (h) sponsored by going for the "lack of 1st half goals" record

by genome » 28 Sep 2017 17:46

It's from The Simpsons...

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (h) sponsored by going for the "lack of 1st half goals" record

by Silver Fox » 30 Sep 2017 14:47

Tilehurstsouthbank wrote:This match is now even more vital after Brum's win last night.


With Brum (and indeed Burton) 2 down for 10 minutes will it become even less vital by the time we kick off?

Narge's defensive run makes me think Sky Sports viewers are getting a lovely 0-0 this evening

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by The Cap » 30 Sep 2017 15:34

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:lol: That's brilliant, genome. For me....post of the week, post of the month? Nah....definitely post of the year. Nice work.

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by Jackson Corner » 30 Sep 2017 15:54

genome wrote:We now go live to Reading vs Norwich

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Thank you I might have wet myself laughing :D :D :D no one can accuse us of not having a sense of humour. And boy do you need it with us.

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by bobby1413 » 30 Sep 2017 15:56

Officially missing this home game

60% as I've got a man cold
30% I can't be bothered
10% rather watch on tv (aka stream)

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (h) sponsored by going for the "lack of 1st half goals" record

by genome » 30 Sep 2017 16:01

Mannone, Gunter, Blackett, McShane (c), Moore, Van den Berg, Bacuna, Kelly, Beerens, McCleary, Aluko.

Glad Bacuna and Kelly are back in but still no Bodvarsson :evil:

Barrow a good option on the bench.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Norwich City (h) sponsored by going for the "lack of 1st half goals" record

by Hound » 30 Sep 2017 16:25

Yep. Bacuna and Kelly good, as is Barrow on the bench. No Bod bad.

Very very surprised he has persisted with that front 3

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