When : Thursday, 26 December, 7.30pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Season at halfway situation and clubs are now starting to come round for a second time. Realistically there wont be a lot of change for most clubs in the league now, save for a handful of places at most. True a club could make a late run for promotion from the very depths or sink like a rock from the greatest of heights but these do tend to be fairly uncommon so what you see now is likely what you'll get in 4/5 months time.
As it's QPR it's on the telly. Quite why SKY keep selecting this fixture is beyond me as, historically, it's usually an utterly dreadful and instantly forgettable game. I suppose it's because it's just down the road for them so is the least inconvenience after losing the Boxing Day PL fixtures to Amazon. The fact that changing the kick off maximises inconvenience to many supporters at this time of year though really doesn't seem to matter.
QPR had a brightish start to the season and garnered a good few points but since then the last 15 league games played have seen just 4 wins and 4 draws though that has been enough to keep them comfortably floating around halfway in the table. They concede a lot of goals (only and Barnsley have shipped more) but they also score a load (only WBA have scored more) so this lot are dangerous and recently they have also managed their first two clean sheets of the season so let's hope that doesn't happen again.
Eberechi Eze (9), Jordan Hugill (8) and, as per usual, Nahki Wells (8) are the players to stop having managed 25 league goals between them thus far, after them the goals drop right off with defender Grant Hall the next highest on 3.
Yoann Barbet and Angel Rangel are QPR doubts for the game while Charlie Owens is still sidelined. Reading will be without Yiadom and McIntyre but otherwise I believe everyone else is available, though Puscas may need a couple more training sessions to be sure of his shoulder problem.
03 Aug 19 > Reading 1-3 Sheffield Wednesday
08 Dec 18 > Reading 0-2 Sheffield United
03 Nov 18 > Reading 3-2 Bristol City
06 Mar 18 > Reading 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
02 Jan 18 > Reading 0-2 Birmingham City
09 Sep 17 > Reading 0-1 Bristol City
08 Apr 17 > Norwich City 7-1 Reading
24 Sep 16 > Reading 1-0 Huddersfield Town
21 Nov 15 > Reading 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
02 May 15 > Derby County 0-3 Reading
28 Dec 14 > Reading 2-1 Norwich City
21 Nov 14 > Cardiff City 2-1 Reading
12 Aug 14 > Reading 3-1 Newport County (League Cup)
10 Sep 11 > Reading 0-2 Watford
30 Apr 11 > Coventry City 0-0 Reading
22 Jan 11 > Reading 1-1 Hull City
02 May 10 > Reading 4-0 Preston North End
30 Jan 10 > Reading 1-0 Barnsley
Overall Reading have an edge on league fixtures in the "binary" derby by 37 wins to 30. There have been 24 stalemates.
Thus this game is the 46th league visit from that lot just up the M4 and Reading have recorded 26 victories to 10 from the Rangers but have only won 1 of the previous 7 home fixtures.
Why binary derby? Well the last 9 home games have been truly IT techie like and dull in the extreme with about as many shots as there have been goals resulting in scores of 0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 1-1, 0-1, 0-1, 1-0 and 0-1
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the game
- 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)