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2015/16 Preview: December

24 June 2015

The countdown to the new campaign continues

In the latest edition of www.readingfc.co.uk’s month-by-month look ahead to 2015/16, the official website previews what will be in store for the Royals over the festive period.



Reading v Queen’s Park Rangers
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 5th December, 3pm


The Royals will open procedures in December by hosting QPR at Madejski Stadium, one of the clubs that have fallen from grace in relegation from the Premier League last season. The last time the two sides met in February 2014, Reading strolled away 3-1 victors with the memory of an unforgettable Garath McCleary goal. The Royals are also unbeaten in our last five meetings with the Loftus Road side, who will be attempting to bounce back into the top flight on the first time of asking, as they did so via route of the Play-off final back in 2014, courtesy of a very late Bobby Zamora strike.     



Preston North End v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Deepdale
Saturday 12th December, 3pm


A slip-up in the final game of last season meant that Preston would have to gain promotion the hard way, if they wanted to put to bed a five-year absence from the second tier of English football. In the Play-off final at Wembley they dictated events in a 4-0 thrashing of Swindon Town, and will now be looking to solidify themselves as a Championship club. The Royals last met the Lilywhites in April 2011, a Madejski Stadium own goal by Alex McCarthy was cancelled out when Hal Robson-Kanu grabbed a late winner. You’d have to travel back as far as 2008 to find last time Preston were on the winning side of a score line against the Royals.



Hull City v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
KC Stadium
Tuesday 15th December, 7:45 pm


After achieving their highest Premier League points total and position in the 2013/14 season, and the chance to battle in out in the FA Cup final, Hull were relegated the following year and now face the uphill task of escaping the grasp of the Championship. They will be our third newly seeded league opposition of the month, providing a challenging start to the festive period. It was back in 2005 that the Royals last secured three points over the Tigers, as victims towards our record-breaking 106 points tally. 


       
Reading v Blackburn Rovers
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 19th December, 3pm


Our last fixture before Christmas Day takes place at Madejski for the third time in a row, having faced Watford and Wigan in previous years, we now play host to Blackburn Rovers who finished 9th in the table last season. They were also visitors to Madejski Stadium for our #RyansRoyals fixture here last April, a special day that finished with both sides sharing the points. Their in-demand strike partnership also proved to be one of the deadliest in the league, Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede scoring 41 goals between them, second only to promotion grabbing Watford’s.



Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Molineux
Boxing Day, Saturday 26th December, 3pm


Honours are very much even between the Royals and Wolves going into this fixture. Having faced each other 38 times, we have each tasted victory 16 times, drawing a further six. This also happens to be a mirror image of our 2005-06 Boxing Day fixture, as a visit to Molineux was also on the cards during that record breaking campaign. Last term, Kenny Jackett’s Wolves were able to muster a play-off challenge, and although they fought bravely, winning six of their last 10 matches, goal difference was the only thing separating 6th and 7th place. The fixture at Molineux last February ended with Reading as 2-1 winners, a Danny Williams strike the difference that afternoon.


    
Reading v Brentford
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski stadium
Monday 28th December, 3pm


Our only Monday fixture of the season takes host to Brentford, who are the first club that we will face both home and away in 2014/15. Newly promoted last season, the Bees surpassed all expectation finishing as high as 5th, taking their shot at promotion against Middlesbrough in the play-offs. Under the stewardship of a new manager following the departure of Mark Warburton, this season’s targets may at first be all about survival, but Brentford will surely have one eye on their form of last season, and would want to think that they could achieve or even better that.


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