A look ahead the Friday-night fixtureReading vs Ipswich Town
Friday 11th September 8pm
Sky Bet Championship
Friday sees the visit of Ipswich Town to Madejski Stadium with the Royals looking to pick up their first home victory of the Sky Bet Championship season.
It will be an 8pm kick off at Madejski Stadium – with the Tractor Boys' last fixture a 3-2 league defeat to Brighton at home on 29th August.
Reading will be looking to build on an impressive 3-1 victory away at Brentford before the international break. A goal from Orlando Sa and a brace by Nick Blackman gave the Royals their first league win of the season.
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Royals defender Anton Ferdinand: “Ipswich will be a hard game just like every game in the Championship. Every team in the league has their own style and are difficult to play against and Ipswich are no different.
“We know they have some very good players and are a very good team but we’re at home and we’ve got to win our home games. I think if we play the way we have done, especially with the new lads that have come in over the international break we’ve got a great chance of pushing on and making sure we do well.”
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Reading manager Steve Clarke: “Ipswich were a team that were up there all of last year, they got into the play-off places and stayed there, a lot of people doubted they would stay there but Mick’s teams have always got a good resolve about them.
“They’re always hard to play against and always difficult games, I don’t think Friday night will be any different, I think it will be a big challenge for us to get our first home win of the season.”
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Roger East will be Friday night’s referee, having last officiated an Ipswich game last season in their play-off semi-final defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road. The last Royals game East took charge of was back in October in a 3-1 away league defeat to Brentford.
The referee will have Andrew Fox and Andrew Garratt running the lines on Friday with Charles Breakspear as fourth official.
This weekend’s issue of The Royal features an exclusive interview with 20 year old midfield starlet Aaron Tshibola, after he signed his new contract with the Royals earlier in the week.
Find out what captain Paul McShane is expecting from Lucas Piazon’s initiation song in his captain's notes and read match reports from wins over Brentford and Pompey.
Take a look back at the bank holiday win over Burnley 10 years ago, where Kevin Doyle netted his first Royals goal and find all the information you could possibly want on Today’s opponents, Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich town.
What are the odds?
For those of you that fancy a flutter Reading are home favourites at 6/5 for three points with Football League title partners Sky Bet. A draw is 11/5 and an away win for Ipswich is 12/5. New signing Matej Vydra is 2/1 to net his first goal in a Royals shirt at any time, and if you think Nick Blackman will score for the third successive game, you can get odds of 9/4.
The Royals Fun Zone will be open before the game from 6pm just outside the North Stand gate six. Football related games will be available for young fans to put their skills to the test! The fun zone will be open before the game and will close at kick-off, so make sure you get the stadium in plenty of time so you don’t miss out on the activities.
A cheque will presented to Ryan Duval ahead of the game in conjunction with the #RyansRoyals campaign, where the club helped Ryan raise money for his school, the Avenue Special Needs Academy. Read more about the campaign here.
Thanks to our official pouring rights partners, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at our 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.
The Golden Gamble draw on Friday will be made at half-time and tickets can be bought from designated sellers based around the Stadium for just £1. All funds go the Reading FC Community trust. Half time game ‘Strike It Lucky’ also returns, where a member of the public will take to the pitch to shoot at goal for a chance to win a range of prizes. To express your interest for future games please contact DaraThomas@readingfc.co.uk.
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