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6 December 2013

Key info for Cherries clash

Reading v Bournemouth
Saturday 7th December, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium - click here to buy tickets
Download the guide to the game byclicking here.

Team News

Royals: Danny Williams will be available for Saturday's game despite a calf concern during Tuesday night's win over Charlton. Royston Drenthe is getting closer to a return - read more here.

Bournemouth:  Lewis Grabban (illness) may be recalled to the starting 11 as Bournemouth look to end their seven-match winless run. Shaun MacDonald, Andrew Surman and Marc Pugh will all hope to keep their places in the side after starting in midweek.

A crowd of over 20,000 is expected, with around 2,500 visiting supporters. Advanced sales finish at 12 noon on Saturday, after which matchday prices apply.

Lower West, East, & North
Member Advance
Non-member Advance
Concessions (17-21 or 65 and over)£17
16 and Under
Upper West

Concessions (17-21 or 65 and over)£22
16 and Under

Minute's Silence
The Royals can confirm they will join their Football League counterparts in holding a minute's applause to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela prior to the game with Bournemouth this Saturday. For more info click here.

Head to head
Reading wins: 42
Draws: 24
Bournemouth wins: 40

Last five
Football League Div 2 - Tue 05 Mar 2002 - Reading 2 - 2 Bournemouth      
Football League Div 2 - Tue 25 Sep 2001 - Bournemouth 1 - 0 Reading    
Football League Div 2 - Sat 05 May 2001 - Reading 3 - 3 Bournemouth    
Football League Div 2 - Tue 10 Apr 2001 - Bournemouth 1 - 2 Reading    
Football League Div 2 - Sat 04 Mar 2000 - Reading 2 - 0 Bournemouth    
In quotes
Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "It should be a good game. Eddie Howe has done a great job down at Bournemouth. They play some really good football and I'd like to think there'll be a betting passing display on show than the other night - though that was an excellent victory."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "We are a Championship club now though and trying to compete at this level and give a good account of ourselves.

The Officials
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Ian Fissenden and Gavin Muge
Fourth Official: John O'Brien

Matchday Programme
Our matchday magazine 'The Royal' is paying tribute to the history of the club's supporters this weekend, with a Showcase feature on our fans. Click here to read more.

Remember if you miss an issue, you can also get copies at

Supporters can get hold of Beer and Hotdog tokens from both the West and the East stand. Tokens can be bought from the bar as well as from a hawker and pick up their items from the collection point at half time. Supporters in the Upper stands can also order from their phone on the move - click here for more info. Don't forget about Kingsley's lunch bag! Youngsters can order food to their seat up to 15 minutes before click off. Click here for more information.

The soup available on the concourses is leek and potato, while supporters can also tuck into a festive hot baguette of Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing - while the cold baguette is cheese and tomato.

Odds - click here for more.
Match odds: Reading win 4/5, draw 5/2, Bouremouth 7/2
First goalscorer: Billy Sharp 5/1, Alex Pearce 33/1, Ian Harte 22/1

Shirt Printing
If you haven't already, why not get your new Royals shirt! The North Stand printing area will be open on Saturday and you can also order your kit at Also head to our official merchandise unit outside the South Stand and get your Christmas shopping done early!

Live Commentary
Not going to Madejski Stadium? Not to worry - we've got it covered!

You can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live commentary on Reading FC Player. Tune this evening - you can also catch pre-match and post-match chat as the Royals do battle with the Cherries. Sign up to Player by clicking here, it's just 10p a day, and you get tons of other exclusive videos.

As ever, we'll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and don't forget to follow our Instagram page OfficialReadingFC for loads of exclusive images.


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