When : Saturday 6 August 2022, 3pm
Where : SCL Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
First home game of the season time so at the moment everything is all square and full of promise. The club haven’t conceded a single goal at home yet and haven’t dropped a single home point so there’s hope Reading might be at the dawn of a season that sees the club sport a really rather decent record at “fortress” SCL.
Well we can dream as if you don’t have a dream how are you going have a dream come true? And the club certainly need all the help they can get this season.
Cardiff are looking like they might be rather good this time. Over the summer they’ve more or less acquired a whole new set of key additions in what seems to be one big throw of the dice to get promotion. Not only has Andy Rinomhota opted to go “abroad” in search of a team that actually wins games but so have the likes of Callum O’Dowda, Romaine Sawyers, Sheyi Ojo, Cedric Kipre and Villa youngster Jaden Philogene-Bidace. In addition there is talk of the Bluebirds being after two strikers; Spurs youngster Kion Etete for around £500k and also Andy Carroll (what’s the betting he also arrives in time for Saturday).
Last week Cardiff beat one of the promotion favourites in Norwich City in what turned out to be a rather niggly game which saw a lot of referee activity, as a result Cardiff full back, and one time Reading target, Perry Ng will miss the trip to Reading through suspension after receiving two yellow cards. In addition to his loss Cardiff have one injury which will see new signing Ebou Adams miss the game
Reading’s seven signed injured parties are expected to remain injured for this one so no Abbey, Joao, Azeez, Hutchinson, Tetek, Dann or Moore but there still a day or two to go so plenty of time for something to happen while training. However Loum is now part of the squad and will hopefully be able to weave himself into Reading folklore with a sterling standout debut (presuming international clearance has arrived in time). Meanwhile Reading are still seemingly waiting for Naby Sarr to be approved by the FL and given it was reported the deal was done about 10 days ago you have wonder what is going on there.
Finally will Omari Huthinson be signed in time to give some hope to the Reading faithful from the bench?
Darren “I’m a Premier League official” England
13 Aug 2019 > Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Reading (League Cup)
06 Oct 2018 > West Bromwich Albion 4-1 Reading
25 Aug 2018 > Aston Villa 1-1 Reading
13 Jan 2018 > Hull City 0-0 Reading
Cardiff are one of those fairly regular opponents of Reading with games stretching all the way back to Southern League days. Since joining the FL though there have been 64 league games with this game being the 33rd at home against them. Of the previous 32 games Reading have won 13 and drawn 12 with the remaining 7 games going the way of the Welsh
Reading though have not been having the best of times at home against Cardiff recently as only 2 wins have been mustered from the last 13 games in all competitions, though most of those games finished all square at 1-1.
Finally, Reading are really cr@p at keeping clean sheets in home league fixtures against Cardiff having managed only one in the last 21 attempts.
How to follow the game
- Get ticket and go
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- Use a RoyalTV subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)