When : Saturday 18 March 2023, 3pm
Where : SCL Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Hull City next in town and another challenge to Reading’s recently lacking home form. At least the on the pitch activities picked up a bit at Blackburn on Wednesday and the club actually managed to score its first goal in over 3 games.
The Tigers are on a run of one win in 7 but that win was against WBA so can be organised and dangerous if you let them. They also have a habit of winning away against the toilet sides of the division having won at Cardiff, Wigan, Blackpool, Rotherham and Birmingham, so you’ll be in for a surprise if you think this one is going to be in any way the proverbial “walk in the park”.
The main threat that needs to be nailed down is Oscar Estupinan who has bagged 13 in the league and is a much better player than should be at Hull, his absence from the reverse fixture is quite possibly the main reason Reading managed to get the 3 points. Ozan Tufan is probably the next biggest threat while Jacob Greaves provides the issues at set pieces. More than ever though the root of the recent problems at the club is the fact that Reading can’t defend, though this should not really be a surprise to anyone given the defence is largely made up of the same bunch of noggins that couldn’t defend last season.
Both sides’ squads are riddled with countless injuries, Hull are likely to be without Lewie Coyle, Ryan Woods, Benjamin Tettah, Cyrus Christie, Salah Oulad M'Hand, Aaron Connolly, Nathan Baxter and Vaughn Colvil while Reading are possibly unlikely to see Andy Carroll, Sam Hutchinson, Baba Rahman, Scott Dann, Junior Hoilett, Yakou Meite, Tyrese Fornah and Andy Yiadom. On top of that, plonker Mamadou Loum is suspended for 3 games so won’t be back until the club go back up north to lose at Preston on Easter Monday.
Finally Reading will be looking for their first shot in target in over 100 minutes of football played at home while this will be the first time Liam Rosenior has returned to Reading as a manager. It’s a game crying out for a positive “have a go at them” attitude from the start rather than the standard negative slow “defend what you start with” tripe that the management seem to mainly set up for, also the absence of Carroll can only be good as it should stop the 1 dimensional game of “who can hit the ball at Andy’s head the most times”.
21 Jan 2023 > Stoke City 4-0 Reading
12 Nov 2022 > Hull City 1-2 Reading
30 Aug 2022 > Sheffield United 4-0 Reading
15 Apr 2022 > Sheffield United 1-2 Reading
08 Jan 2022 > Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Reading (FA Cup)
02 Nov 2021 > Millwall 1-0 Reading
02 Mar 2021 > Reading 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
05 Dec 2020 > Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest
03 Oct 2020 > Reading 1-0 Watford
04 Feb 2020 > Cardiff City 3-3 Reading (FA Cup)
22 Apr 2019 > Reading 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
12 Mar 2018 > Reading 0-3 Leeds United
01 Sep 2018 > Reading 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
25 Aug 2015 > Portsmouth 1-2 Reading (League Cup)
20 Dec 2014 > Reading 0-1 Watford
25 Oct 2014 > Reading 3-0 Blackpool
17 Apr 2012 > Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest
01 Feb 2011 > Cardiff City 2-2 Reading
16 Mar 2010 > Reading 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
11 Aug 2009 > Reading 5-1 Burton Albion (League Cup)
There have been 27 previous league games in Reading against Hull City and it's not an especially good record either with 10 Reading wins compared to Hull's 7. On top of that Reading's recent run at home to Hull is not overly brilliant with two wins and six draws to show from the last 9 attempts. Defeats tend to be close affairs with just one goal deciding it (6 of Hull's wins have been by just 1 goal) while 8 of Reading's wins have been by at least a 2 goal margin. There has only been one 0-0 in those previous 27 games.
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 a RoyalsTV subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)