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Ahead of the game: Royals vs Brighton & Hove Albion

30 October 2015

A preview of the Seagulls clash at Madejski

Reading vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday 31st October 2015, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

No team has managed to take three points from a Championship meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion this season to date.  13 teams have tried it; only five of those have gained as much as a point.

For that reason, the Seagulls currently sit on top of the pile by a clear four points.  Chris Hughton, who got Newcastle promoted as champions of the Championship with 102 points in the 2009/10 season, has his team securing the right results in his first full season in charge at the Amex.

They have all been tight games, mind you.  All of the eight league victories that the Seagulls have fashioned, none of them have been by wider margins than the odd goal.  A 3-2 win in Ipswich at the end of August saw Brighton leapfrog their hosts to take top spot, where they have remained since.

It’s not all about Brighton, mind.  We’ll have a say in the matter – Middlesbrough and Charlton each left Madejski Stadium without a goal or a point to show for their journey earlier this month, and we’ll be pushing for the same result again.

East, North & Lower West stands
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Don’t forget that you can save £3 by buying before midday on matchday!

For full ticketing information for this game, just click here.

Please note that from early November, the 954 Stagecoach bus route from Bracknell will be affected by the closure of part of Ringway, and a diversion route has been agreed.  This should not affect supporters travelling to the game against Brighton on Saturday, but may affect fans coming to our midweek game with Huddersfield.  Click here to visit the Stagecoach website.

Make sure you follow @reading_buses on Twitter or visit to get more information about your route and football buses.

READ: Skipper @pmacca15 wants to put the team back on high with a win over Brighton tomorrow

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) October 30, 2015

Reading captain Paul McShane: “It’s a good game to have coming off the back of the Fulham match because we can really go from being down in the dumps after that result to a real high if we beat Brighton.  We’re three points off second so if we win the game we know we will be up there again.  So we’re aiming for three points on Saturday.”

Leading scorer Nick Blackman is the subject of our feature interview in ‘The Royal’, our matchday programme, and he discusses his season to date, making his way as a youngster at Macclesfield, and his surprising boyhood idol.

As usual we’ll also have updates from the chairman, the manager and the captain, and all you need to know about the Addicks.  Pick up your copy for just £3.

Neil Swarbrick will take charge of a Royals fixture for the first time this season – the referee has shown 41 yellow cards in his nine matches to date this season, as well as issuing three reds.  The last time he took charge of one of our fixtures was the FA Cup quarter final away at Bradford last season, which ended goalless.  He had overseen Brighton’s 2-0 home victory over Derby just four days prior.

This weekend, Andrew Fox and Mark Scholes will be assisting the official by running the lines.  On fourth official duty will be Simon Hooper.

Despite Brighton’s strong side to the season, bookmakers Sky Bet – title sponsors of the Football League – have a home win down as 21/20, making Reading favourites.  The Seagulls are 13/5 for a victory while a draw is priced 23/10.

Orlando Sa took his tally to five last weekend for the season, and is 15/8 to extend that with a goal at any time.  Matej Vydra is 9/4 to find the net for the Royals for the first time.

Fans are reminded that Saturday will see our annual Remembrance Service to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty – click here for more information.

We are also going to be kicking off with a Mo-branded football – that’s because we’re getting ready for Movember a day early!  More information is available by clicking here.

And we are also welcoming members of Reading FC Women to the stadium, who will be meeting fans in the Fun Zone from 1.15pm to sign autographs and displaying the WSL 2 trophy.  They will also be presented to the crowd at half-time, so be sure to put your hands together for their fantastic achievement.

Thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at the brand new ‘Royals Rendezvous’ before the game.  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!

From 1pm supporters can visit the Royals Fun Zone, just outside the North Stand, Gate 6.  Football based games will be available for young fans to put their skills to the test!  The Fun Zone will also be open at half-time for supporters to come and have fun.

And don’t forget to get your Golden Gamble ticket – the draw, sponsored by STAR, will be made at half-time.  Tickets can be purchased from designated sellers based around the stadium, for just £1.   There are two prizes up for grabs: a cash prize or an item of Reading FC merchandise, signed by the team!  All funds go to the Reading FC Community Trust.

The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!

But if you can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on Reading FC PlayerHD for as little as £4.49 per month.  Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.  

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and don't forget to follow our Instagram page for loads of exclusive images.

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