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2015/16 Preview: October

22 June 2015

Who the Royals will face in the third month of the new campaign

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 October.

Reading v Middlesbrough
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 3rd October, 3pm

Having been just 90 minutes away from a return to the Premier League in May, Middlesbrough will be eager to go one step further next term. After battling at the top end of the Championship for the majority of the season, Aitor Karanka’s side lost out to Norwich City in the Championship play-off final. Boro boasted the tightest defence in the second tier last term, conceding just 37 goals in their 46 league games but, at the other end of the field, they will be without top scorer and Championship Player of the Year Patrick Bamford from August, who has returned to parent club Chelsea. He notched 17 goals last season.

Reading v Charlton Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 17th October, 3pm

Charlton had a season of thirds in 2014/15. The Addicks were the last side in the Championship to taste defeat after going 12 matches unbeaten from August. After that, they embarked on a poor run of form, though, which at one point saw them play 14 times without tasting victory. They steadied themselves in the latter part of the campaign under head coach Guy Luzon, who replaced Bob Peeters in early 2015, and went on to end the season in 12th place. Igor Vetokele finished as the South Londoner’s top scorer with 11, though Icelandic winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson frequently grabbed headlines for a number of spectacular goals.  

Rotherham United v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
New York Stadium
Tuesday 20th October, 7.45pm

Rotherham secured their Championship status against the Royals, with a 2-1 win at the New York Stadium on the penultimate match of last season. Having enjoyed back-to-back promotions up to the Championship, it was a season of learning for Steve Evans’ hard-working side. They began last term with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Derby County, earning their first three points against Wolverhampton Wanderers a week later. The Millers’ place in the Championship was put into in April doubt when they were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Brighton but some strong end-of-season form ensured that they will be second-tier club against in August.

Fulham v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Craven Cottage
Saturday 24th October, 3pm

Fulham found the transition from Premier League back down to the Championship to be a testing one last term. Having enjoyed 13 successive seasons as a top flight club, the Cottagers began 2014/15 with six league defeats in their opening seven matches. That saw manager Felix Magath depart the club, with Kit Symons taking over the reins – initially on a caretaker basis. The Basingstoke-born coach changed Fulham’s fortunes around, losing only two of his opening 10 games in charge to lift them out of the relegation zone. They finished in 17th position in May, with Ross McCormack top scoring with 17 goals.

Reading v Brighton & Hove Albion
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 31st October, 3pm

Chris Hughton will take charge of his first full season on the south coast in August. The former Spurs coach, who guided Newcastle United to the Premier League in 2010, took over at Amex Stadium on New Year’s Eve of 2014 with Albion 21st in the Championship. Brighton began 2014/15 with Sami Hyypia at the helm but after a run of just one win in 18 matches, the former Liverpool defender resigned in December. It proved to be a testing campaign for the Seagulls, who had finished in the play-off positions in the previous two campaigns. August will see Brighton begin their fifth successive campaign in the Championship.

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