Ahead of the game: Royals vs MK DonsReading vs MK Dons
Saturday 22nd August, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday sees the visit of MK Dons to Madejski Stadium with the Royals looking to pick up their first three points of the Sky Bet Championship season.
It will be a 3pm kick off at the Mad Stad – with the Dons' last fixture a Tuesday night 1- 0 league victory over Bolton Wanderers at home.
Reading will be looking to build on a strong display away at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, where they were harshly held to a 1-1 draw by the Owls with a Wednesday equaliser in the 90th minute at Hillsborough.
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There will be a new park and ride bus service available for Royals fans starting on Saturday. The New Service from will be from Mereoak Park and Ride to Madejski Stadium. For all the timetable information and prices for the new service, check here - rdng.co/Mereoak.
Royals defender Andrew Taylor: "We've got a big game at home on Saturday where we will be looking to get all three points. I think we could have won by two or three on Wednesday, so we’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again.
"We defended well right from the front, the midfield, the back four and the lads that came on, everyone did their job and we were comfortable. We attack together and we defend together and I think that type of attitude will see us go a long way this season.”
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MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson: “Reading have a talented group of players and a strong squad, there will be a lot of fans attending there and they have a really good manager, it’s going to be a tall order for us to go there and get a result.
"We’ve got to go to the Madejski with excitement and confidence and not get overawed. We will have to make sure we manage our game plan right if we want to get anything out of Saturday.”
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David Coote will be refereeing Saturdays game, having officiated MK Dons once last season in an away draw at Preston North End. The last time Coote took charge of a Reading game was back in February 2014 in a 3-1 away victory for the Royals at QPR.
The Nottinghamshire-born official oversaw a 0-0 draw on Tuesday in the Sky Bet Championship clash between Rotherham and Preston and will have Robert Mackay and Paul Hobday running the lines on Saturday with Ian Smedley as fourth official.
This weekend’s issue of The Royal features an exclusive interview with new captain Paul McShane, who speaks candidly about his career to date, his captaincy style, his Republic of Ireland ambitions and what he wants to achieve with the Royals.
We have a 13-page feature on our Community Trust work as this fixture has been designated as the match which will help raise awareness of all the hard work that goes on in the local community on a daily basis, but which so often goes unsung.
“We move on to today’s game in search of the win that will, I’m sure, be the first of many this season,” writes the manager in his notes for the game.
And we remember a massive 5-0 romp against Millwall, ten years ago, in two features that continue to celebrate our record-breaking 106 season.
The programme also includes all the information on the MK Dons as we prepare to take them on competitively for the first time in the club’s history, and there are quiz questions, historical flashbacks, all the ticket news and notes from our Supporters Trust. Don’t miss your copy!
What are the odds?
Reading are home favourites at 6/5 for three points with Football League title partners Sky Bet. A draw is 9/4 and an away win for the Dons is 23/10.
Orlando Sa is 2/1 to net his first goal in a Royals shirt at any time, and if you think Danny Williams score in back-to-back games, you can get odds of 11/4.
A series of special activities will be taking place on Saturday as the club celebrate the work of the Reading FC Community Trust and help raise the profile of the incredible initiatives they deliver across Reading and the surrounding area.
Various groups of people involved in the Community Trust will be taking part in numerous activities during the day with lots of action taking place pitchside before the game and at half-time, so make sure you keep a look out from your seat!
The Royals Fun Zone will be open from 1pm just outside the North Stand gate six. Football based games will be available for young fans to put their skills to the test! The fun zone will be closed at kick-off and won’t be open during half time on Saturday, so make sure you get the stadium in plenty of time so you don’t miss out on the activities.
Thanks to our official pouring rights partners, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at our Royals Rendezvous before the game which is open again on Saturday following last week’s success. Located outside the East Stand the new area is an ideal place to catch up and enjoy a drink with fellow fans before the action kicks off.
The Golden Gamble draw on Saturday will be made at half-time and tickets can be bought from designated sellers based around the Stadium for just £1. All funds go the Reading FC Community trust and this week’s draw will be made by Sky Sports' Amy Lewis.
Our brand new away strip is available to buy from the Megastore at Madejski Stadium – there are adult shirts for men and women, as well as kids sizes.
Our full squad numbers list has been released now so you can choose which names and numbers you’re going to stick on your new kit!
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