When : Saturday 20 January, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Another home games hoves into sight and this time it’s Brentford who are going to come and test their mettle against the mighty Biscuitmen
Freshly buoyed by their magnificent cup win over Stevenage Reading will be looking to continue the good work by taking 3 points off of the Bees in what is really about as local a derby Reading as get (yet for some strange reason isn’t really a derby despite the zillions of games the teams have played against each other, but then QPR, Watford etc. are also non derby derbies).
Brentford have won 4 of their last 5 league games, the one reverse being to the soon to be promoted Wolves team. However they did suffer an embarrassing reverse at home to Notts County in the FA Cup a couple of weeks ago, though part of that may have been down to the standard weakened teams that managers seem to enjoy putting out against lesser opposition in that competitions
As we know about Brentford they’re rather good at scoring goals as well as being rather good at conceding them. This season there’s slightly more of the former than latter happening for them so they’re on the fringes of a shot at the play offs and Reading will have to be organised and looking to give Brentford a game rather than sit back and try for keep ball.
Brenford team is expected to be something similar to; Bentley, Clarke, Mepham, Bjelland, Barbet (Reading bid turned down this week apparently), Woods, Nico, Sawyers, Flo, Vibe.
I reckon Reading should field; Mannone, Gunter, Ilori, Moore, Richards, Bacuna, Edwards, Kelly, Bodvarsson, Barrow and Popa but who knows with Jaap, would any of us be surprised to see Bodvarsson dropped completely and Blackett back at left back?
Darren Bond has returned
30 Nov 17 > Reading 3-0 Barnsley
11 Feb 17 > Reading 0-0 Barnsley
13 Aug 16 > Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Reading
14 Mar 2015 > Watford 4-1 Reading
30 Aug 2014 > Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading
Brentford are one of the most common opponents for Reading with this game being the 84th time the clubs will have met in the league. Of the 41 league games played in Reading to date there have been 23 wins for the hoops compared to just 8 for the stripes.
However Brentford have won on three of their last four league visits and have scored twice in each of those four games so Reading have something to address. On the upside though Reading have scored at least once in 34 of those 41 league games.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
- 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)
Current Playing Trends
- It’s now January and Reading are still looking for a Saturday home win. The last time they managed it was at the tail end of April. Anyone know if Reading have gone so long without a Saturday home win in the league before?
- Reading are on a current roll of 202 minutes without a league goal
- Only 3 points from the last 7 league games (D3, L4)
- Only 2 goals in the last 7 games