When : Saturday 13 April, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
After the unexpected filip of a point at Championship leaders Norwich comes Brentford at home. This really hast to be seen as a must win game to ensure pressure on those around Reading in the table is kept to a maximum. Any other result for Reading really will put the club back in the smelly stuff again.
Anyone thinking for a minute this is going to be easy after Norwich needs to think again. It’s not difficult to forget the number of expected home wins that Reading have screwed up over the this and last season so any complacency must be taken right off the agenda.
Brentford are basically inconsistent. While their home form is excellent their away form is the complete opposite with only a couple of away wins all season. They are also on a run of 1 win in the last 6 league games (which was 2-0 v Ipswich on Wednesday night). However the 9 league games they played before that yielded 7 wins including the 2 that they’ve had on the road (at Rotherham and Middlesbrough) so they are very capable of “doing you” if they get things right.
Brentford’s 1st choice keeper, David Bentley, is likely to miss the game with a shoulder problem but other than that there doesn’t seem to be too many problems about the place. Reading will welcome Nelson back after his enforced lay off against parent club Norwich but Liam Moore may have an issue with his shoulder following its earlier dislocation and then landing heavily on it again at Norwich. Former Bee John Swift is the other unknown with it being reported he has a fractured hip but whether it is sufficiently serious to end his season is expected to be found out by the club this week.
Overall this is a game where absolutely everyone from players and management to fans MUST give 100%+. Nothing else is going to get the win for Reading. So let’s hope the players, although buoyed by collecting a point at Norwich, aren’t too mentally and physically drained to be able to do further damage to Brentford’s away record.
Steve Martin is back again.
13 Feb 19 > Reading 2 v 1 Blackburn Rovers
22 Dec 2018 > Reading 0-1 Middlesbrough
14 Apr 2018 > Reading 2-2 Sunderland
27 Feb 2018 > Nottm Forest 1-1 Reading
11 Dec 2017 > Reading 2-2 Cardiff City
23 Sep 2017 > Reading 1-1 Hull City
26 Aug 2017 -> Birmingham City 0-2 Reading
24 Jan 2017 > Reading 1-0 Fulham
15 Oct 2016 > Queen's Park Rangers 1-1 Reading
15 Mar 2016 > Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Reading
23 Jan 2016 > Reading 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
19 Sep 2015 > Bristol City 0-2 Reading
25 Mar 2014 > Reading 1-3 Barnsley
Brentford are one of the most common opponents for Reading with this game being the 86th time the clubs will have met in the league. Of the 42 league games played in Reading to date there have been 23 wins for the hoops compared to just 9 for the stripes.
However if you think that makes for an easy game then you might be in for a rude awakening as Brentford have won on four of their last five league visits, have scored twice in four of those five games and once in the other so not even a clean sheet has been kept by Reading in that time.
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)