All you need to know as we kick off the new year at Madejski Stadium...
Reading vs Birmingham City
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Sky Bet Championship
Championship strugglers Birmingham City are the next visitors to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening, with three valuable points up for grabs in our first match of 2018.
The Blues have seen goals at a premium for most of the season, with the lowest goals tally in the division to date this term. However, they come into the match following a strong victory against play-off chasing Leeds at the weekend.
The Royals, meanwhile, are hoping for a victory that would bring them closer to their rivals further up the table, having played out a festive period not earning as many points as the squad would have liked, with a 1-1 draw against Barnsley at the weekend taking them into this one.
With FA Cup action commanding the Royals' attention on Saturday, with a sell-out away following backing the boys at Stevenage, they will be hoping to make the trip to the Lamex bouncing off a victory against the Blues in midweek.
Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, have made the Royals 17/20 odds-on favourites for victory on Tuesday night, with the visitors, Birmingham City, out at 7/2 for the win. You can get odds of 12/5 for the spoils to be shared.
After netting his first of the season last time out, Yann Kermorgant is available at 6/4 to repeat the feat against the Blues.
Having already scored several goals in a Royals shirt, Dave Edwards is 3/1 to add to that tally when Birmingham visit on Tuesday night.
NB: Odds are subject to change, and are correct at time of publication.
James Linington will be in charge of proceedings as the Royals take on Birmingham on Tuesday night. He will be assisted by Steven Meredith and Daniel Leach, with Oliver Langford between the benches as fourth official.
NB: Mr Leach replaces Michael George as assistant referee, and this change was made after our match programme went to print.
There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!
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The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!
But if you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow for as little as £4.49 per month. Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.
And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow. Match passes are just £5 (prices equated to your local currency).
As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our match photos on Instagram. And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!
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