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Ahead of the game: Royals vs Middlesbrough

3 October 2015

A preview of the weekend clash against Boro at Madejski Stadium

Reading vs Middlesbrough
Saturday 3rd October 2015, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

A new month and a new challenge for the Royals.  Middlesbrough, fresh from seven consecutive wins in league and cup, arrive at Madejski Stadium on Saturday – and we’ll be ready for the battle.

Aitor Karanka’s men may provide the toughest test yet; a 3-0 win against Leeds United on Sunday was the latest in their succession of results which has propelled them to second in the table.

But there are plenty of reasons to get behind the Royals in October.  Come and get behind the team and play your part this Saturday!

East, North & Lower West stands
Member price
Non-Member* price and Matchday**
17 & Under
65 & over
Upper West Stand

17 & Under
65 & Over

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READ: Royals boss Steve Clarke assesses Boro's threat before their visit to Madejski Stadium

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) October 1, 2015
Reading manager Steve Clarke: “It’ll be another tough game on Saturday, against what is probably the best team in the league in Middlesbrough.  They are always building, always investing in a team that is getting stronger and stronger and it will be a good test for us and I think it will be a good test for them as well.”

READ: Forward @nblackman89 hails team ethic and looks ahead to Boro's visit on Saturday:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) October 1, 2015
Royals marksman Nick Blackman: “Middlesbrough are up there so it will be a difficult game, but any team can beat any team in this league.  So every game is tough, but it’s one we go into full of confidence.  We take notice of their strengths and weaknesses but we want to go out there and impose ourselves on the opposition.”

This weekend, the feature interview in ‘The Royal’ is with centre-half Michael Hector, who discusses his summer with Jamaica and his focus on a successful season with Reading.  We’ve also got a round-up of the recent goings-on for our Under-18s and Under-21s, and we highlight the success of our Women’s team upon their promotion to WSL 1.  Pick up your copy for just £3.

For the first time this season, experienced official Keith Stroud will oversee a match featuring Reading and Middlesbrough.  The last time he took to the whistle for a Royals game was the 1-0 home reverse at the hands of Bournemouth in April; meanwhile he hasn’t overseen a Boro tie since their 1-1 home draw with Charlton in January 2014.  Back in 2010, Stroud sent off Matthew Mills twice in the space of two months, in a Reading victory in Doncaster and a home defeat to Ipswich.

Robert Massey-Ellis and John O’Brien will run the flanks on the afternoon, while Frederick Graham will be on fourth official duty.

Football League title partners Sky Bet have the Royals down as favourites at odds of 6/4 – if you’re inclined to back the visitors, they are priced 15/8, while a draw is priced 11/5.

Orlando Sa is back in contention to feature for Reading and he is priced 2/1 to find the net at any time.  Meanwhile Lucas Piazon, who opened his Royals account with a goal in Burnley, is 5/2 to hit the net once again.

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 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!

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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