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10 January 2014

Info on Hornets clash

Reading: Skipper Jobi McAnuff (foot) and striker Nick Blackman (back) should both return to the squad after shaking off their respective injuries. Defender Michael Hector will be in the travelling squad after he returned from a successful loan spell at Aberdeen. Read more by clicking here.

Watford: Midfielder Alexander Merkel could make his debut for the Hornets after joining on loan from Udinese, while wing-back Hector Bellerin could also feature after rejoining on loan from Arsenal. The Hornets are also boosted by the return of wing-back Daniel Pudil and striker Fernando Forestieri.

The Royals have a total allocation of 2050 and tickets will be available on the day at the same price - available from the away turnstiles, cash only.

To book in advance, call 0844 249 1871, go to, or visit our Ticket Office in person. Please note that advanced tickets will go offsale from 12 noon on Friday.

North Stand
65 & Over
Young Adult (16-19)£10
Student (under 25 with NUS)£10
Under 16£5

There is no parking available for fans at the ground and street parking is exclusively restricted for local residents by way of matchday permits. Parking is not permitted in Watford General Hospital.

Watford town centre has several car parks, the easiest of which for access to Vicarage Road is Church Car Park on the inside of the ring-road, opposite the turn-off into Vicarage Road. All town centre car parks are within a ten minute walk of Vicarage Road.

There is also an additional car parking option in the Town Centre at Royalty House (on King Street, just off the High Street). Other possibilities are Watford Grammar School for Girls, Cassiobury Park Avenue, and Fishers Industrial Estate off Wiggenhall Road.

Merge on to the M25 towards London, at junction 19, take the A41 exit to Watford. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Hempstead Rd/A411, take a slight left onto Derby Rd, then a slight left onto Grosvenor Rd and select any one of the available car parks in the town centre.

For more information including information on train travel, click here.

Full name: Watford Football Club
Nicknames: The Hornets, The Golden Boys, Yellow Army, The 'Orns
Founded: 1881
Ground: Vicarage Road
Owner: Gino Pozzo
Chairman: Raffaele Riva
Manager: Giuseppe Sannino
Last season: 3rd in Championship and play-off final runners-up

Watford wins: 44
Draws: 26
Reading wins: 43

English Championship - Sat 17 Aug 2013 - Reading 3 - 3 Watford
English Championship - Sat 14 Jan 2012 - Watford 1 - 2 Reading
English Championship - Sat 10 Sep 2011 - Reading 0 - 2 Watford
English Championship - Sat 19 Feb 2011 - Reading 1 - 1 Watford
English Championship - Sat 20 Nov 2010 - Watford 1 - 1 Reading

Royals goalkeeper Adam Federici: "The way we've been performing in the second half of games, we just need a full performance out of the boys and we'll starting winning games. We've noticed it ourselves, we've been playing better in second halves."

Hornets midfielder Lewis McGugan: "There are still over 20 games to go so we’ve got to be positive, take each game as it comes, starting with Reading on Saturday, and try and get the maximum points before going onto the next one."

Watford wing-back Hector Bellerin: "That’s the aim, getting back to the home form from the last two games. We haven’t conceded any goals [at home] since the new coach is here, that’s what we need to do."

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistants: Thomas Ramsey and Ian Rathbone
Fourth Official: Andy D'Urso

Click here for more.
- Alex Pearce to score first: 33/1
- Reading to win: 3/1
- Both teams to score: 4/6
- Pavel Pogrebnyak and Adam Le Fondre to both score at any time: 12/1
- Reading to win by exactly two goals: 11/1

Not going to Vicarage Road? 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 Hornets. Sign up to Player by clicking here, it's just 10p a day, and you get tons of other exclusive videos.

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