When : Wednesday 19th September, 8pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Almost a year ago Norwich City rolled into town for a game you could watch live on Sky. Only then Reading were pretty desperate and looked especially desperate at home.
A year later Reading are still especially desperate at home and the game is still on SKY (albeit via their red button). However the one change sees the game being played on a Wednesday instead of a Saturday so there might be the slimmest improvement to the chances of Reading collecting 3 points.
Reading have at least now managed to win a game after a battling performance at Preston and that was probably the best way to get that first win after the start they’ve had. Next up is to break this complete misery of league games played at home which has been hanging around the club since the start of last season and seems to be getting worse with every game played
Norwich will be without Grant Hanley through injury (quadricep) and Ivo Pinto is doubtful with a hamstring problem. Reading’s catalogue of misery might be starting to grow again as Barrow, Mannone and Meyler have all picked up minor injuries and I presume Blackett has gone the same way or be Ill to have missed the Preston bench.
Tim Robinson is up for this one
16 Jan 18 > Reading 3-0 Stevenage
30 Sep 17 > Reading 1-2 Norwich City
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
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 36th time the sides have played a league game in Reading. The home league record so far reads 18 Reading wins to 10 for Norwich with 64 scored and 46 conceded
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)
- That there SKY red button thing