When :, Saturday, 6th October, 3pm
Where : The Hawthorns, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4LF
Capacity : 26,850
Away Stand : One side of the Smethwick End
What might I see in the area : Chips
It’s nearing Christmas now and so the turkeys are onward to early pacesetters West Brom for their pre Xmas inspection
Fresh out of the cage after their magnificent showing on Tuesday all will be gobbling up the opportunity to put things right in the West Midlands against a fully fit squad that was in the PL last season and have only just added free agent Bakary Sako to their ranks after his release from Palace in the summer.
Reading’s persistent run of injuries injury problems, dating back to the summer of 2017, continue to bedevil them with now Bodvarsson added to the list alongside Baldock (Edwards, Obita and Popa are the others). McCleary, Meyler, McShane and Harriott could all be available but are obviously not match fit to varying degrees so really can only be considered for places on the bench. On top of that Meite will also be serving a 1 game ban for 5 bookings so presumably even McNulty can get a start when he’s the only striker left (not holding my breath on that one though).
Expectation for this one is about as low as it gets especially as QPR were done 7-1 there and Robson-Kanu is bound to score. On the upside Reading’s skilful avoidance of playing any football this week should see them fresh and raring to go when it all resumes after the next international break.
It’s Darren England, already back in charge after his previous go when Reading travelled to Villa and still looking to play a part in a decisive result.
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This will be the 16th visit to The Hawthorns for a league game and it’s a right tale of miserable woe with a catalogue of defeat after defeat stretching all the way back to the 1920s.
Reading have managed to produce an incredible 12 defeats from their 15 previous league visits with the only sojourn being a couple of successive wins back in the mid 1980s - of all times.
How to follow the game, if you’re really are still bothered about it all
- Get a ticket and travel
- 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)