Reading Football Club News: February 2020

Leeds Next For Reading - At 39 Pounds A Ticket

19 February 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading travel to second placed Leeds United on Saturday with the home side trying to keep their place in the automatic promotion places after a run of poor recent form. Leeds were points clear at the top of the Championship but now find themselves four points behind leaders West Brom as their season threatens to collapse as usual. They managed to scrape past Bristol City at home by a single goal last weekend after drawing at Brentford and losing both away at Forest and home against Wigan. The Royals may fancy their chances against a side that could well find themselves staying put in the Championship next season, with plenty of teams in the play-off positions hoping to claim a top two finish.

The Royals are around 19/2 for an away victory on Saturday. Given Leeds are currently 17th in the home form table and Reading sit second in the away form table it seems like good value! If you looking to put on a bet then follow this link for a welcome offer. You can also use this guide to find something that might give a return should Reading follow up their 3-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend with another victory on the road. Reading are a long way away from the top six but another 3 points would essentially secure Championship for another season.

There's been a lot in the news this week with Leeds, the self proclaimed biggest club in the Championship, mocking Reading for being unable to sell out the away end. This comes from a club who are charging an extortionate 39 pounds for the privilege of watching the game. Reading of course have been strong voices in the "twenty in plenty" campaign to make the cost of watching live football affordable. Leeds are at the other end of the scale trying their best to rip off fans. It is hardly suprising they struggle to sell tickets to away supporters who are used to much reduced ticket prices. Leeds fans who traveled to the Madejski Stadium back in November would have course paid nearly half the price for their tickets. I would hope Reading continue to stick to their cheap ticket pledge, but it must be tempting to make an exception for the visit of Leeds next season.

Reading Hope To End Poor Form In Sheffield

14 February 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading travel to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend desperate to run a miserable run of league form. The Royals are without a league win since the very first day of the year - an away victory over Fulham that saw Reading top the form tables and climb to 14th place. After that result there was talk of a late run towards the play-offs. That dream has been well and truly shattered as the Royals have drifted back closer to the bottom three than the top six.

The reality, after just four points from the last seven league games, is that Reading's league season is over assuming they can pick up a few more points to avoid the drop. The focus will shift to the FA Cup, and the fifth round game against Premier League Sheffield United to come at the Madejski Stadium. United will be chasing European qualification so could rest a few players for the midweek game, you would expect Reading to field a strong team as they look to grab a last piece of excitement from another disappointing campaign.

Before all of that there are a whole series of league games to get through, starting with Saturday's game against 12th placed Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday, like Reading, are also out of form with three defeats and two draws from their last five league fixtures. A win could keep their season alive with hopes of closing the gap on the top six, however they too look set for a mid-table finish.

There was good news for Reading this week as Lucas Joao returned to light training, but the former Wednesday striker will be ruled out for a few more weeks yet and won't face his old club. Chris Gunter will also remain sidelined with his groin injury and the Royals will also be without Miazga, McIntyre and Boye. Danny Loader is fit but it unlikely to be in the matchday squad after failing to make an impression on the first team.

New signing Araruna made a start for his new club on Wednesday night but failed to impress and may find himself back on the bench, making room for eithe Charlie Adam or Rinomhota who will be hoping for a start. It will be interesting to see if Puscas is dropped to the bench and if Baldock makes a start. Baldock seemed to be the better option in midweek. Puscas scored from the penalty spot to give Reading the lead against West Brom but had a limited contribution otherwise.

Reading started the season with a 1-3 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, which was the most recent in a run of six games without victory over the Owls. Last term we drew 0-0 on the road and lost at home and the 2017/2018 season saw another 0-0 draw at the Madejski but two defeats at Sheffield - one in the league and one in the FA Cup. If Reading are going to win this weekend it will be against form and recent history and it's the home side that will be firm favourites for the full three points.

Recent Meetings With Sheffield Wednesday

03 August 2019 Sheff Wed (HOME) Championship L: 1-3 Report... 16319 24
09 February 2019 Sheff Wed (Away) Championship D: 0-0 Report... 23412 22
01 September 2018 Sheff Wed (HOME) Championship L: 1-2 Report... 14352 23
21 April 2018 Sheff Wed (Away) Championship L: 0-3 Report... 24373 19
26 January 2018 Sheff Wed (Away) FA Cup L: 1-3 Report... -
25 November 2017 Sheff Wed (HOME) Championship D: 0-0 Report... 18382 18
17 March 2017 Sheff Wed (Away) Championship W: 2-0 Report... 26072 4
10 December 2016 Sheff Wed (HOME) Championship W: 2-1 Report... 18153 3
23 January 2016 Sheff Wed (HOME) Championship D: 1-1 Report... 18972 13
19 August 2015 Sheff Wed (Away) Championship D: 1-1 Report... 20247 18
31 January 2015 Sheff Wed (HOME) Championship W: 2-0 Report... 17755 16
20 September 2014 Sheff Wed (Away) Championship L: 0-1 Report... 29848 10
08 February 2014 Sheff Wed (HOME) Championship L: 0-2 Report... 19772 6
02 November 2013 Sheff Wed (Away) Championship L: 2-5 Report... 20368 5

Current League Form

Championship COMBINED FORM Table at: 14 February 2020
17Luton Town6204610-46LLWLLW
18Sheffield Wednesday612349-55WLLDDL
21Leeds United611449-54LLWLLD
22Queens Park Rangers611438-54LWLLLD
24Hull City6015313-101LLLLDL

Winless League Run Continues With Home Defeat

12 February 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading may have been beaten by a very good team, probably destined to win this league and certainly achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League, but they should feel proud of the character and determination they showed this evening, especially in the second half. Albion are not the highest scoring team in the Championship without good reason, and from the start they looked likely to score every time they attacked. Reading to their credit were not intimidated by their potent attack and in fact took an early lead through a coolly converted penalty from George Puscas after a bizarre handball by Bartley.

Another 1-1 Draw

08 February 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading struggled to find any kind of rhythm against a struggling Hull side, and having taken the lead with a well worked goal from Obita midway through the second half, conceded a late goal courtesy of a freakish deflected shot by Wilks. Reading had not played well all afternoon but Hull had not looked likely to get anything out of the game until their fortuitous equaliser. Reading however only have themselves to blame for not taking all three points from this fixture. The lack of energy and creativity was somewhat mysterious given the enthusiasm and resilience evident since Bowen has taken over has made them such a difficult side to beat.