When : Saturday 16th December, 3pm
Where : Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DA
Capacity : 30,300
Away Stand : In a wooden rabbit hutch tucked away in the Cobbold Stand
What might I see in the area : Tractors and away supporters with leg problems
An easterly trip brews. Destination tractor land and a visit to the current longest serving members of the second division and apparently leading the way with away fan ticket pricing
Ipswich are a side that generally sits mired in mid table obscurity season after season as the pendulum of fate swings upward and downward over them. It seems that Mick McCarthy has at last managed to catch an upward swing and has them ploughing in the desired direction at last.
A pretty useful team that are dangerous and a good bet for a play off challenge. Expecting a in your face high tempo game with Ipswich being particularly useful on the counter attack and therefore this game is not going to be anything better that difficult at best.
For the Tractor Boys, Tom Adeyemi are slight doubts while Andre Dozzel and Luke Hyam are long term injury casualties but, sadly, David McGoldrick is expected back following a groin injury.
No new injuries are known for Reading so no changes are expected, which would be an amazing FIVE times in a row for Jaap. Speaking of injuries the list is still as it was with only Garath McCleary edging slightly nearer having started training this week
There are no longer any current player connections between the clubs following Jay Tabb’s release from Ipswich in the summer. Jay is now playing Rugby Union for old Wimbledonians
Merseyside’s Peter Bankes will be taking up the whistle for this one
25 Feb 2017 > Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Reading
21 Jan 2017 > Derby County 3-2 Reading
30 Jan 2016 > Reading 4-0 Walsall (FA Cup)
20 Dec 2015 > Reading 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
08 Aug 2015 > Birmingham City 2-1 Reading
While Reading have had a little of the upper hand over Ipswich in recent years it seems to be a case of things evening out as Ipswich were well in command before then. The two sides were fairly regularly competitors with each other just after the war and that continued until Ipswich vanished from lower division membership in 1957 (and they're yet to return there). Since the mid 90s Ipswich have been one of the most regular opponents for Reading.
This game will be the 57th league meeting and will be the 29th time Reading have travelled up to Portman Road. The league record there, possibly as you'd expect, leans heavily toward Ipswich wins with them having record 15 to Reading's miserly 8. Draws are uncommon generally with only 5 at Portman Road, though the most recent trip there finished 2-2
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel all the way up north
- 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)