When : Tuesday 1st January, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
At last a chance to hope for a bright new brave future at Reading. 2018 is dead and gone. Fans, players and club officials can pretend it’s all new and that a win might just be able to help turn a corner and give everyone a bit of belief that this complete and utter mess of a season can be successfully negotiated.
Forget the fact that Reading haven’t beaten anyone above about 14th in the league table (a fact that’s hardly surprising when the club have only managed 4 league victories all season – and just 7 in the whole of 2018). Forget the horrendous injury run and now suspension issues thrown on top. Forget it all. 2018 has gone.
The new man in charge has had some time to peruse the club and now has the comfort of a transfer window to try and get some of the deadwood shifted and bring in some playing options that might be able to make that difference.
Swansea may well have fallen out of the Premier League but they have consistency issues with success at Sheffield United tempered with disaster at Rotherham. No-one really seems to know what to expect from them on the day so if Reading can ramp up their overall game then there’s a reasonable chance of getting something from this one.
Swansea games also tend to end in decisive results. The last 14 games have seen one draw (but that was last time out v Wigan) 5 wins and 8 defeats for the Swans, form Reading would kill for!
In the end it’s all about hope and belief. Go to the game, support and be positive and it might start the roll the club desperately need to be able to challenge for safety successfully.
19 Sep 18 > Reading 1-2 Norwich City
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
Reading and Swansea have played each at all 4 levels of the Football/Premier League over 32 seasons. Therefore this is the 33rd league game played at the Reading end of things and so far it’s 18 wins to Reading and 8 to Swansea though Reading have failed to win any of the last 3 league games played in the town.
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)