When : Saturday 12th January, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
The saga that is this season continues with a visit from Nottm Forest. Again we will get to see just how far behind the leading teams in the division Reading are.
Or perhaps we won't. Perhaps there will be a continuation of the ManU performance and a corner will be turned by managing to win the fist game since the beginning of November. One thing is for certain this will not be easy. Reading will be unlikely to get the time on the ball that ManU afforded them in the FA Cup so there has to be some steel in the team and something to win the right to play the way Reading want. If there isn't then I fear another Swansea might be heading our way.
Forest are on a small downer at the moment with only 1 win in their last 6 league games but so many teams have been on a bit of a downer and rolled up, collected their points and said "thanks very much" so that is probably nothing to get excited about.
Reading's form as we all know is utterly awful as the winless league run now stretches to 10 games and a point haul of 5 from the 30 available.
Injuries as ever are a real problem defensively. Gunter is fit again but Ilori and O'Shea are both doubtful. Blackett and Bacuna will return from suspension to offer more of a backbone to the team. New signing Ejaria is not yet injured and therefore I reckon is most likely to start on the bench.
A big "hi" to Oliver Langford
24 Nov 2018 > Wigan Athletic 0-0 Reading
22 Aug 2018 > Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Reading
17 Mar 2018 > Norwich City 3-2 Reading
26 Dec 2017 > Bristol City 2-0 Reading
28 Oct 17 > Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough
12 Jan 17 > Reading 0-1 Queen’s Park Rangers
03 Dec 16 > Fulham 5-0 Reading
04 Oct 16 > Portsmouth 2-2 Reading U23 (Checkacrowd Trophy)
27 Sep 16 > Brentford 4-1 Reading
19 Jan 16 > Reading 5-2 Huddersfield Town (FAC3R)
16 Dec 15 > Hull City 2-1 Reading
11 Mar 14 > Leeds United 2-4 Reading
14 Dec 13 > Huddersfield Town 0-1 Reading
06 Mar 12 > Reading 1-0 Portsmouth
27 Aug 11 > Hull City 1-0 Reading
16 Oct 10 > Reading 0-1 Swansea City
09 Feb 10 > Reading 1-0 Plymouth Argyle
Forest have made 20 previous visits to Reading for a league game with all but 4 being at Division 2 level. They have won on 6 of those visits and when Reading lose at home to Forest in the league they fail to score. Reading have managed 9 wins from those visits so, the record v Forest isn't particularly impressive.
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)