When : Saturday 18th September 2021, 3pm
Where : Craven Cottage, Stevenage Road, London, SW6 6HH
Capacity : 19,000
Reading take their poor start to the season and miserable away record to Craven Cottage next. About the only thing good you can say about this is that at least this fixture is out of the way relatively early in the season, however getting a serious stuffing is not good at any stage of a season.
Fulham at least play a day later than Reading (at Birmingham on Wednesday) so just perhaps there might be a slim chance of fatigue in their first team to help even things up just a teensy bit. Their season so far has more or less been a catalogue of victories aside from an odd hiccup at Blackpool last weekend. Mitrovic and Carvalho are already regularly amongst the goals so what there is remaining of Reading’s defensive prowess is going to be more than a little bit stretched in this game.
Expectation for this one is a very heavy defeat esp. with Mitrovic being rather good and at 6’2” is bound to be more than a challenge for Reading’s zonal marking at set pieces. But stranger things have happened in football and just perhaps Reading can hang on in there and get a point.
Fulham are actually expected to be without Carvalho but, don’t worry, Harry Wilson will be back after missing the aforementioned hiccup.
Reading’s injury list gets longer after each game with both Rafael and Moore added to the catalogue of woe in the last week. In addition to the ever lengthening injury list it would seem that Scott Dann and Danny Drinkwater aren’t yet even fit enough to sit on the bench (despite DD having played in Chelsea’s preseason) so you have to begin to wonder why on earth they’ve been brought to the club.
13 Mar 2021 > Nottingham Forest 1-1 Reading
22 Jul 2020 > Reading 1-4 Swansea City
07 July 2020 > Reading 0-0 Huddersfield Town
05 Oct 2019 > Bristol City 1-0 Reading
13 Apr 2019 > Reading 2-1 Brentford
13 Feb 2019 > Reading 2-1 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
In the league this is the twenty third season Reading have shared with Fulham, it may seem like more to many people as most of those games have been since 1980. From those 44 previous league games Fulham have managed more victories than Reading (18 games to 16). In the 22 previous league visits to the Cottage the record is ok with 6 wins, 5 draws and 11 defeats.
How to follow the game
- 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 a RoyalsTV subscription (presuming you can get the commentary working at all)
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)