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2015/16 Preview: February

26 June 2015

The Royals face five fixtures in 2016's second month

In the latest 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 month of February.

Reading v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 6th February, 3pm

Last time Wolves visited Madejski Stadium, supporters witnessed a six goal thriller in a match that ended 3-3 with honours even between the two sides. Three goals in four minutes and two late strikes set the tone for what should be an exciting encounter to start the Valentine’s month, and with both teams having claimed victory 16 times over the years, the conqueror of the reverse fixture on Boxing Day will come into this one with the expectations of another three points. The last time Wolves beat a Reading side was a decade ago, 2-1 the score-line at Madejski Stadium with Nicky Forster on target for the Royals.

Reading v Burnley
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 13th February, 3pm

Two home games is what’s in store for the Royals to start off the month, and in the second we play host to Burnley on Saturday of the Valentine’s weekend. Fresh from the Premier League, Sean Dyche’s Turf Moor side will be hoping they can be the surprise package again this year even without the goalscoring abilities of Danny Ings, who’s recently transferred to Liverpool. When thinking about this fixture, the mind turns to that Goal of the Season volley from Garath McCleary on the final day of the 2013/14 season.

Middlesbrough v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Riverside Stadium
Saturday 20th February, 3pm

Last season the Royals were unbeaten by a Boro side that were one of the teams favourite to win the Championship title. They finished in fourth place and overcame Brentford on their way to the play-off final. However, their valiant efforts weren’t enough to seize the trophy and the prizes that come with it. When visiting Madejski Stadium last January, Aitor Karanka’s men were unable to break down the organization of our defence and left with a point due to a 0-0 score-line. In the reverse fixture at the Riverside, an early Simon Cox chipped goal finished off a great team move and set the way for the Royals to travel home with all three points.

The weekend commencing the 20th February is also host to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round, where last year Steve Clarke’s side endured another away encounter at the iPro Stadium against Derby County – Hal Robson-Kanu the scorer of the opening goal.

Reading v Rotherham United
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Tuesday 23rd February, 8pm

Having secured Championship survival against the Royals in the penultimate match of last season, back-to-back promotions have given Steve Evans’ side the character needed to battle it out within the second tier of English football. Starting the season well, survival hopes were dampened when they were deducted three points for fielding an illegible player against Brighton in April. But a strong finish with just the single loss in the last six games of the season ensured that the Millers were able to fight another day. When the Royals hosted Rotherham at Madejski stadium last term, a 3-0 victory stood on the cards, with a Simon Cox brace and a Jamie Mackie goal the ingredients for such a result.  

Charlton Athletic v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
The Valley
Saturday 27th February, 3pm

Being the last side to taste defeat in the Championship after going 12 games unbeaten at the start of last season, the Addicks form guide appeared to then be thrown out the window as a run of 14 games without victory saw then slither down the table. The ship was steadied in the latter parts of the season when head coach Guy Luzon replaced Bob Peeters in early 2015, and a 12th place finish was a satisfactory result. Charlton were one of the teams to manage the double over the Royals last term, although the fixture at The Valley was a tight affair, with former Reading frontman Simon Church netting the decisive goal.

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

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