A great start to the season, followed by a couple of disappointing defeats. Now, with one more game to go before the international weekend, we prepare to welcome Stoke City to Madejski Stadium.
It’s an opportunity to go into the break on the up – if we can get the better of the Potters.
Our break will begin earlier than most; that’s because we’re the 12.30pm kick-off at Saturday, when we will kick off against Michael O’Neill’s side in RG2.
Watch it live
Our meeting with Stoke City is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, kicking off at 12.30pm.
That means that there will be no opportunity to watch on iFollow, either in the UK or around the world. Overseas supporters can click here to see who the EFL's broadcast partners are in their country.
Sky Sports subscribers in the UK can watch this one – and if you haven’t got Sky Sports, you can grab a Sky Sports Day Pass through NOW TV for £9.99 – allowing you access to all 11 Sky Sports channels for 24 hours, and most importantly, giving you the opportunity to watch the Royals in action on this Saturday!
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Stoke City were our first visitors behind closed doors when we came out of the last lockdown; Nick Powell grabbed a late leveller that day as we were denied all three points in stoppage time.
And Powell possibly thought he'd earned a point for the Potters in their most recent game with a late goal; instead, Ismaila Sarr had the last say in the dying throes for Watford in a game that had see-sawed back and forth.
That has been symptomatic of Stoke's season to date, in truth; they have won three, lost two and drawn one in their fixtures since the last international weekend, but none of those wins have been consecutive.
Keith Stroud is referee for this fixture; his second Stoke game of the campaign, following their 3-2 triumph at home against Brentford a fortnight ago.
He took charge of two of our fixtures last season, both on the road: our 2-0 defeat ot Millwall, and our 1-1 draw in Swansea when Andy Yiadom struck late.
Assisting Mr Stroud will be linesmen Ian Cooper and Sam Lewis, as well as fourth official Joshua Smith.
We will be hosting a moment of remembrance before the game - a bugler will sound the last post ahead of our period of silence in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice - and all match-worn shirts bearing the poppy emblem will be auctioned for Poppy Appeal.
Notes from STAR
Click here to read the 'programme notes' from Supporters' Trust at Reading for this fixture.
A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays.
We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.