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2015/16 Preview: April/May

1 July 2015

Look ahead to next season's run-in!

In the final edition of’s month-by-month look ahead to 2015/16, the official website previews what will be in store for the Royals in the latter stages of the season. 

Bolton Wanderers v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Macron Stadium
Saturday 2nd April, 3pm

Last season both fixtures between these two sides finished all square, with a late Jamie Mackie goal at the Macron Stadium ensuring that Steve Clarke’s men came away with a point. Looking back to January 2014 and the Trotters were victims to a 7-1 score line at Madejski Stadium, Adam Le Fondre grabbing a hat-trick for the Royals just past the half-hour mark. Last season was testing for Bolton as they finished in 18th Place – Just a point above us as they too were lacking on the goalscoring front. Having seen both goalkeepers Andy Lonergan and Adam Bogdan depart the club as of late, manager Neil Lennon will have to act astutely in the transfer market.

Reading v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski stadium
Tuesday 5th April, 8pm

Under the watchful eye of club legend Stuart Pearce, Forest got off to a flyer at the start of last season winning five of their opening seven league games, and managing an unbeaten streak until mid-October. After that however, in the next 14 matches, ten points out of a possible 42 meant that dreams of promotion were quickly becoming a thing of the past. On February 1st, the former Forest striker Dougie Freedman took over stewardship, recording 16 points from his opening six games in charge, steadying the ship to a 14th place finish.

Reading v Birmingham City
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 9th April, 3pm

Blues enjoyed a more relaxing end to the season compared to their narrow escape from relegation on the last day of the 2013/14 campaign. Despite finishing in 10th place, last term got off to a challenging start, only winning twice up until the start of November. Gary Rowett then took over the hot seat, and proving a great decision, he guided Birmingham out of the basement battle and into a top-half finish. Last time Blues visited Madejski Stadium, they edged out a 1-0 victory thanks to Clayton Donaldson’s late strike.

Leeds United v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Elland Road
Saturday 16th April, 3pm

Leeds endured a mixed run of form throughout last season, going on a spell of ten away games without victory and then winning five of their next six on the road. Throughout our last ten meetings with the Whites, the Royals are unbeaten in nine of those matches. This season will hold a different challenge, as the former Wigan and Brentford boss Uwe Rosler will be taking charge of proceedings. He’ll be tasked with the objectionable mission of ending Leeds’ eleven year absence from the Premier League.

Reading v Hull City
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Tuesday 19th April, 8pm

Fresh from the Premier League, Hull City will be chomping at the bit to regain their top flight status after relegation on the final day of last season. If they’re going to do so, Steve Bruce will look to invest in his midfield options after having recently lost the services of Stephen Quinn to the Royals on a free transfer. Last time we met back in January 2012, Hull edged events at Madejski Stadium but if you cast your mind back to November 2005 and the last time we tasted victory over Hull, 3-1 was the score line that glorious afternoon with Bobby Convey, Kevin Doyle and Glenn Little all on target.

Queen’s Park Rangers v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Loftus Road
Saturday 23rd April, 3pm

Another team hot off the Premier League bandwagon in quick succession, we visit Loftus Road to take on QPR in the second installment between the two sides of the season. Last time we met in February 2014, the Royals emerged victorious three goals to one, with Garath McCleary netting another blinder. We’re also unbeaten in the last five meetings but Chris Ramsey’s men will be sure to put up a fight in this one, eager to shorten their stay away from the top flight of English football.

This fixture also coincides with the Emirates FA Cup semi-final weekend, where our historic cup run came to an end last year in a tight affair against the might of Arsenal. 

Reading v Preston North End
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 30th April, 3pm

In our final home game and the penultimate match of the season, we play host to Championship new boys Preston North End, who gained promotion through the play-off final last term by beating Swindon Town 4-0. The Royals are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the sides, with the most recent taking place in April 2011 - Hal Robson-kanu grabbing the deciding goal. Simon Grayson will be hopeful his side can carry the momentum they gained last term into 2015/16 and continue their climb towards the top of the Football League ladder.

Blackburn Rovers v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Ewood Park
Saturday 7th May, 12:30 pm

We conclude the Sky Bet Championship year with a visit north to Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers. Gary Bowyer’s side finished 9th place last season and also reached the quarter-final stages of the FA Cup, with their strike partnership of Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede netting 43 goals between them in all competitions. Having finished 8th place the term before last, a play-off spot will be the target for Rovers this campaign, with the hope to end a three year absence from Premier League football.

Season tickets are on sale for the new season! Click the image below, visit the Madejski Stadium ticket office or call 0118 968 1313 to secure your place for 2015/16!

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