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Ahead of the game | Royals to welcome Owls to Madejski Stadium

Sheffield Wednesday are the weekend's visitors in RG2

24 November 2017

Find out everything you need to know as the Royals get back out on home turf at the weekend...

Reading vs Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday 25th November 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off

Interviews

Jaap hopeful of injury recoveries during busy schedule

23 November 2017

Both Reading and Sheffield Wednesday will be going into Saturday's match hoping to go one better than their midweek matches, with both sides having drawn 2-2 in their game in the week.

Similarly to the Royals, Wednesday came from behind to earn a point away from home at Ipswich Town on Wednesday night, while Leandro Bacuna equalised from the spot to earn Reading a point at Bolton Wanderers.

Carlos Carvalhal and his side harbour top six ambitions once again this season, having suffered heartache for a second consecutive campaign with a defeat against Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals of the play-offs last season.

The Owls have picked up their form after an average start to the season by their standards, having lost just once in their last seven matches and climbing to within four points of the play-off places as the Championship table begins to take shape.

The Royals, meanwhile, have been bolstered by the returns of Joey van den Berg from suspension, as well as welcoming back Liam Kelly and Jón Daði Böðvarsson from injury, with Yann Kermorgant hoping to also be fit after a minor knock last weekend.

In another important match for the Royals, they will be hoping for three more points to add to their tally for the season before another South Yorkshire side, Barnsley, visit RG2 on Tuesday night. 

 

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Odds

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, have made the Royals 13/8 for victory on Saturday afternoon at Madejski Stadium, with Sheffield Wednesday also available at 13/8 for all three points. You can find odds of 9/4 for the points to be shared at the weekend.

Having scored in midweek, Liam Moore is available at 8/1 to net his fourth of the season. Tuesday night's second goalscorer, Leandro Bacuna, is priced at 9/2 to score any time at Madejski Stadium against the Owls.

NB: Odds are subject to change, odds are correct at time of publication.

Officials

David Coote will be refereeing Saturday's game at Madejski Stadium. In his matches so far this season, he has averaged around four yellow cards per match, and is yet to send a player off this term.

Coote will be assisted on the flanks by Mark Pottage and John Flynn, with Charles Breakspear between the benches as fourth official. 

Travel

Club News

Madejski matchday parking options broader than ever before!

23 October 2017

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!

Important: The M4 is closed all weekend both ways between Junction 12 and 13, for bridge refurbishment. Please plan your journey accordingly, and allow plenty of time to travel to Madejski Stadium in time for kick-off.

Tickets

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to ticketing@readingfc.co.uk.

Click the button below for full selling information for this game.

Follow it live!

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, or you can sign up for the season for £110 (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!

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Match Reports

Defences on top in Owls stalemate

Goalless affair at the Madejski sees spoils shared

25 November 2017

Defences were on top in a goalless affair with Carlos Carvalhal's Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon, although the hosts created a number of half chances to steal victory both before and after the break.

  • First half of few clear cut chances ends goalless despite chances for Aluko and Edwards
  • Barrow squanders good chance to break deadlock late on, firing wide.
  • Mannone untroubled for duration; Rhodes glancing wide with Wednesday's best chance

Yann Kermorgant returned to make his second start of the season up front, while Vito Mannone was back between the posts after missing the Bolton draw due to personal reasons. Liam Kelly and Joey van den Berg also started in midfield alongside Dave Edwards, but Swift missed out with a hamstring issue.

The Royals earned two half chances within the first five minutes – Gunter found space down the left and delivered a fine cross towards Kermorgant at the near post whose header was blocked by Joost van Aken and deflected behind for a corner.

Then more joy down the left saw the ball fizzed low into the Wednesday box. Edwards got a flick but couldn’t direct it goalwards, however Aluko recycled it and stabbed a cross shot across the six yard box but without  finding a telling touch that would have makde it 1-0.

Kelly supplied Edwards in space in behind the Owls’ back line but the offside was raised against for former Wolves man. Then Aluko scampered inside from the right to take aim with his left foot, fizzing a low effort on target but easy for Keiren Westwood in the centre of his goal.

Midway through the half and Glenn Loovens was booked for a cynical foul that stopped Barrow from bursting clear. And two inswinging crosses from Aluko failed to find a target - the first nodded clear as Kermorgant lurked, the second too deep for Moore at the back post.

It took a good block from Gunter to see off the strike of Liam Palmer in Wednesday's first attack of note with half an hour played. But on the counter attack, Reading looked dangerous; Edwards nearly picked out Kelly with a central ball that Kermorgant did well tmo dummy, then Gunter's clipped cross needed heading behind with Edwards storming into the box looking for a connection.

The resultant corner flew off a Reading head with Westwood stranded, but the ball sailed over the crossbar and the game remained goalless. Reading patiently created more openings, Van den Berg drilling wide from range and in first half injury time both Aluko and Edwards scuffing their shots from inside the area to allow Wednesday to survive.



Half time | Reading 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

The first chance of the second half came from a Wednesday free kick - it failed to bet the Royals wall but was dinked back in and found three Owls, all onside, looking to volley the ball past Mannone. Thankfully Joao's stabbed effort was easily saved by the home keeper.

And a very direct goal kick from Westwood a few minutes later found Fletcher in behind the Reading defence. He brought the ball down well but couldn't get the ball out from under his feet in time to trouble Mannone with a shot - McShane and Edwards got back in time to dispossess him and hack the ball clear.

Just before the hour mark, Aluko came within a whisker of breaking the deadlock. Barrow cross from the left, Kermorgant flicked it on to Kelly who teed up Aluko on the edge of the box - he arced a first time right-footed effort inches wide of the bottom right corner.

Bacuna embarked on a driving run from the right but arrowed his effort on target too high to cause Westwood any concern, but Wednesday were looking for a breakthrough too without creating any clear cup openings of their own.

Bodvarsson and Clement were introduced by Jaap Stam, but Hooper and Bannan combined down the right to produce a deep cross that alomst found Fletcher arriving at the back post.

But the best chance of the game fell Reading's way with nine minutes left. Bacuna broke and fed Bodvarsson down the right. He took a touch to take it to the byline and cut a low cross back for Bacuna who got a slight flick on it before the ball arrived at the feet of Barrow. But 12 yards out, the winger couldn't get into the right shape to shoot and fired well wide when it seemed Westwood would be tested.

Moments later, another good opportunity was carved out; Aluko crossed from the right and Edwards rose at the near post but couldnt' get a glancing head to it. It dropped in the six yard box and Barrow almost got on the end of it, but his marker did enough to muscle him out of what would have been a simple finish.

Three minutes left and substitute Jordan Rhodes glanced a header wide from a good position, then Clement pulled the trigger at the other end but his fierce effort struck Aluko on its way towards the target.

Four minutes of injury time saw Sheffield Wednesday put everyone behind the ball in protecting their point and there was no way through despite the Royals' best efforts.

Full time | Reading 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Reading: Mannone, Bacuna, Gunter, McShane (c), Moore, Van den Berg, Edwards, Kelly (Clement 78), Barrow (Beerens 89), Aluko, Kermorgant (Bodvarsson 73).
Subs: Jaakkola, Richards, Blackett, Ilori.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Jones, Loovens, van Aken, Lee, Fox, Bannan, Palmer, Reach, Joao (Hooper 59), Fletcher (Rhodes 82).
Subs: Wildsmith, Hunt, Butterfield, Vanancio, Rhodes, Nuhiu.
Yellow: Loovens

Referee : Mr D Coote
Att: 18,382 (3,055 away)

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Ticket News

Don't miss out on two games for the price of one in our Yorkshire Double Header!

Time is running out to claim your seats at Madejski Stadium!

22 November 2017

Time is running out to see two games for the price of one in our upcoming Yorkshire Double Header!

Ticket News

The Madejski 500

20 November 2017

Members can see our next two home games and only pay the price of one ticket, and the deadline for this superb offer expires at 3pm on Thursday 23rd November, so don't miss out on your chance to back the boys!

As part of the offer, you'll be allocated the same seat for both matches, and tickets are available in every home section of the ground.

The Royals take on the Owls on Saturday 25th November, before Barnsley come down to Berkshire on Tuesday 28th November.

If you have already bought a ticket for either of these matches individually without the other included, our Ticket Office will still honour the Yorkshire Double Header deal, should you call the Ticket Office prior to Thursday's deadline at 3pm to redeem your second ticket.

You can take advantage of this fantastic ticket offer and back the boys for two big matches in our Championship season.

Members can buy their tickets NOW via Reading FC Direct and click on the 'Yorkshire Double Header' banner.

NB: Please note that paper tickets will be issued for this match, rather than loaded onto Member Cards.

If you don't have one yet, the Reading FC Member Card costs only £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

We advise anyone wishing to attend a Reading match to become a Member.  There is no expiry date on your Membership and you can begin saving money from your very first home match. The majority of home fixtures are on general sale so if you decide not to become a Member you can still purchase tickets, however tickets will be up to £5 more expensive and you will not earn any Ticketing Loyalty Points. 

How to get your Member Card:
Online: visit www.readingfcdirect.co.uk/memberships.aspx
By phone: ring our Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 
In person: visit the Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium during our opening hours

 

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