MATCHWATCH : Brentford (h) sponsored by still no Saturday home win this season

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MATCHWATCH : Brentford (h) sponsored by still no Saturday home win this season

by Sutekh » 18 Jan 2018 15:15

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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?

Referee

Darren Bond has returned

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Previously

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

Historically

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

  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)


Current Playing Trends

  1. 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?
  2. Reading are on a current roll of 202 minutes without a league goal
  3. Only 3 points from the last 7 league games (D3, L4)
  4. Only 2 goals in the last 7 games

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Brentford (h) sponsored by still no Saturday home win this season

by JoeyJoeJoeJnrShabadoo » 19 Jan 2018 00:48

thanks

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by double d » 20 Jan 2018 10:25

Up for this game today! I can feel in my balls a win coming! I know we will do it! If anybody wants to meet me beforehand I am at spoons in town for a fry up then going for some pints around town. I am wearing a shirt that says double d 69 on it. Urz!!!!

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by Sutekh » 20 Jan 2018 10:53

Team news for the game

Liam Moore will be given a late fitness test following an ankle problem

John Swift and Paul McShane will both miss the game with hamstring problems

Brentford are without Henrik Dalsgaard, Rico Henry and John Egan

Anyone like the thought of some combination of Ilori, Blackett or Berg as the central defensive partnership?

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by Old Man Andrews » 20 Jan 2018 12:45

Sutekh wrote:Team news for the game

Liam Moore will be given a late fitness test following an ankle problem

John Swift and Paul McShane will both miss the game with hamstring problems

Brentford are without Henrik Dalsgaard, Rico Henry and John Egan

Anyone like the thought of some combination of Ilori, Blackett or Berg as the central defensive partnership?


JVDB in defence scares the crap out of me.


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by Royal_jimmy » 20 Jan 2018 14:06

Let's hope Barbet scores an OG and gives a penalty away before joining us :wink:

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Brentford (h) sponsored by still no Saturday home win this season

by TiagoIlori » 20 Jan 2018 14:40

Probably our best team in the circumstances that, just hope Van den Berg isn’t a liability today

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by Hound » 20 Jan 2018 14:49

Not especially happy with the team. Aluko should be nowhere near and the midfield doesn’t fill me with joy

Where has Bacuna got to this time? About the third time he has disappeared unexpectedly

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by Ascotexgunner » 20 Jan 2018 14:59

Hound wrote:Not especially happy with the team. Aluko should be nowhere near and the midfield doesn’t fill me with joy

Where has Bacuna got to this time? About the third time he has disappeared unexpectedly


Bacuna probably had a good game last time so Stam has shoved him in the reserves.....He wants none of that melarky. Playing well is not allowed.

Personally Im a miserable as f*ck. I decided not to go today. I really cant take this anymore.....Wonder what the attendance will be? Spose Brentford will bring a good crowd as usual.


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by Snowflake Royal » 20 Jan 2018 15:01

Baffling disappearance of Bacuna, entirely predictable returns for Aluko and Berg. Even Stam couldn't not play Bodvarsson, and nice to see Richards and Evans get more first team league games.

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by Ascotexgunner » 20 Jan 2018 15:11

JVDB is not a central defender......seriously, hes better protecting that back four.....

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by CountryRoyal » 20 Jan 2018 15:47

Early scare and then getting good luck down our left but by far best we've played in a long time. Still not overly threatening but certainly positive stuff.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Brentford (h) sponsored by still no Saturday home win this season

by JR » 20 Jan 2018 15:58

Ascotexgunner wrote:
Hound wrote:Not especially happy with the team. Aluko should be nowhere near and the midfield doesn’t fill me with joy

Where has Bacuna got to this time? About the third time he has disappeared unexpectedly


Bacuna probably had a good game last time so Stam has shoved him in the reserves.....He wants none of that melarky. Playing well is not allowed.

Personally Im a miserable as f*ck. I decided not to go today. I really cant take this anymore.....Wonder what the attendance will be? Spose Brentford will bring a good crowd as usual.


Calm down the two of you. He’s clearly injured if not in the 18.


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by NewCorkSeth » 20 Jan 2018 16:18

Not great but not awful.
JVDB is having a poor one. Silly yellow and very poor communication with Kelly (who doesnt seem to be able to pick a pass further than 5ft anymore) Took a pathetic shot from range.
Defense looks fine and capable of dealing with Brentford but are pretty susceptible to that fast counter attack they have employed 2-3 times.
Barrow has looked dangerous enough at times. Bod, god love him, really isnt a sprinter. We are not playing to his strengths today.

Ref doesnt seem to like football very much.

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by alfie9 » 20 Jan 2018 16:32

Blackett on for Richards at half time

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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by NewCorkSeth » 20 Jan 2018 16:33

alfie9 wrote:Blackett on for Richards at half time

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Just saved us from conceding there.

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by alfie9 » 20 Jan 2018 16:34

NewCorkSeth wrote:
alfie9 wrote:Blackett on for Richards at half time

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Just saved us from conceding there.


Fair play. That was an excellent block

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by Snowflake Royal » 20 Jan 2018 16:35

Injured or tactical?

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by CountryRoyal » 20 Jan 2018 16:52

Bet he's glad the flag went up. :shock: :lol:

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by Snowflake Royal » 20 Jan 2018 16:57

Oo, Kelly apparently hit the woodwork from a freekick a while ago.

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