When : Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 8pm
Where : SCL Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
The season continues with a visit from Slavisa Jokanovic’s Blades next for another hard duel.
United aren’t having a good time of it so far as their malaise of last season’s relegation from the PL has continued to plague them into what they were no doubt thinking would be a more successful season at a lower level.
Form has been poor and it took 5 league games to record a win (6-2 v Peterborough), since that win things have picked up slightly but it’s still been very changeable and at the moment it’s a run of 2 draws and 2 defeats from the last 4 games.
Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White seems to be the biggest nuisance to opponents so far alongside perennial thorn and one time Reading loanee Billy Sharp. The pair have struck 8 of United’s 22 league goals while another 3 have come from Lys Mousset in 4 starts so Reading will need to be alert if he gets any game time. Oliver Norwood will be returning to RG2 and will presumably get a decent welcome from the Reading support.
United will not have the services of 4 players due to injury; Sander Berge, Jack O’Connell, Oliver McBurnie and Robin Olsen. In addition Tony Currie retired a while ago.
The “will he, won’t he” fitness game continues at Reading with the possibility of some players making a return to the matchday squad. Given past experience I would suggest taking the “won’t he” option over the “will he” though it is quite amusing to think this is the game that will see Rinomhota return or that someone might actually spot Araruna in a Reading shirt.
16 Oct 21 > Reading 1-0 Barnsley
20 Oct 20 > Reading 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers
07 Mar 20 > Birmingham City 1-3 Reading
08 Feb 20 > Reading 1-1 Hull City
18 Aug 19 > Reading 3-0 Cardiff City
09 Mar 19 > Reading 3-2 Wigan Athletic
26 Dec 18 > Millwall 1-0 Reading
02 Oct 18 > Reading 0-1 Queens Park Rangers
28 Feb 18 > Reading 1-3 Sheffield United
19 Sep 17 > Reading 0-2 Swansea City (LC)
07 Mar 17 > Reading 0-0 Newcastle United
26 Dec 16 > Reading 3-1 Norwich City
29 Oct 16 > Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest
06 Aug 16 > Reading 1-0 Preston North End
15 Sep 15 > Reading 0-1 Derby County
Reading have shared 20 seasons with the Blades since the first game the two clubs played against each other at Bramall Lane in October 1979.
Overall home form against the red half of the “steel city” is not impressive at all. Reading have the edge but only by 10 wins to 9 and have lost every one of the last 5 home league games played since “Gillespiegate” in 2007 by an aggregate of 4 goals to 14, so I spy a trend that rather desperately requires some bucking.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the ground
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Red button
- Use a RoyalsTV subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)