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2014/15 Preview: Part Two

14 July 2014

Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton, Cardiff

Take a look at who the Royals will be coming up against in the season ahead with Part Two of our Championship opponents for 2014/15. Click here to read Part One.





Bournemouth

When we meet: Tuesday 21st October (A), Tuesday 14th April (H)
Distance between us: 70.6 miles
Former Royal: Ian Harte
Last five vs Bournemouth: DLDLL

The Cherries and Royals will lock horns once again in 2014/15, as both sides secured top-half finishes in the Sky Bet Championship.

While a 7th-placed finish came as a disappointment to Reading supporters as they missed out on the Play-Offs, finishing 10th was Bournemouth's greatest achievement in history.

The promoted club, managed by Eddie Howe, enjoyed a fabulous run towards the end of the campaign which included a run of eight wins out of ten.

Top scorer Lewis Grabban was sold to Norwich this summer, but Coventry's Callum Wilson has arrived as the Cherries look to build on their impressive 2013/14.



Brentford

When we meet: Saturday 4th October (A), Saturday 25th April (H)
Distance between us: 35.5 miles
Former Bee and Royal: Jay Tabb
Last five vs Brentford: WWWLD

The Royals will face Brentford for the first time in 12 years in 2014/15, after the Bees clinched automatic promotion with a second-placed finish in League One.

Alan Judge's penalty secured a 1-0 win over Preston in April as the West Londoners returned to the second tier for the first time since the 1992/93 season.

Luton Town's Andre Gray and Leyton Orient's Moses Odubaj are among the summer signings as Brentford now aim to cement their place as a Sky Bet Championship club.

The Bees are managed by Mark Warburton, who signed a new one-year contract with the club this summer.



Brighton

When we meet: Boxing Day (A), Saturday 7th March (H)
Distance between us: 82.2 miles
Last five vs Brighton: LLWLW

The Seagulls will hope to generate another promotion push under their new manager, former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia.

Brighton were the Royals' nemesis in 2013/14 as their last-gasp final day win at Nottingham Forest bettered Reading's draw with Burnley, meaning the South Coast club stole the final place in the Championship Play-Offs.

But the Seagulls were beaten by Derby County in the ensuing semi-finals; one year on from their Play-Off heartbreak at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak and midfielder Andrea Orlandi are among six players released by Brighton, but Hyypia will be looking to rebuild a squad capable of reaching the top flight.



Cardiff

When we meet: Friday 21st November (A), Saturday 4th April (H)
Distance between us: 112 miles
Former Royal: Adam Le Fondre
Last five vs Cardiff: DDWLL

The Bluebirds are well-fancied to return to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking, following their relegation last season.

Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær was appointed manager of Cardiff in the New Year, but couldn't prevent the club finishing bottom of the top flight with just 30 points.

Adam Le Fondre is among the Welsh club's summer signings, arriving from the Royals after three seasons at Madejski Stadium.


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