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Ahead of the game: A Championship clash in Cardiff

27 August 2016

A look ahead to our visit to the Welsh capital

Saturday sees us travel westward along the M4 to South Wales, where we visit the Cardiff City Stadium in search of our first points on the road this season.  While our efforts at Wolves and Newcastle weren’t rewarded with any return in the points tally, there were certainly some positives to take… but points are the target for this weekend.

The Bluebirds, managed by former Welsh international Paul Trollope, have had a mixed bag of results so far in the early stages this season.  Away draws with Birmingham and Fulham sandwich a defeat and a win in quick succession at home – losing to QPR and bouncing back with a win over Blackburn.

Probably the biggest shock on the scorecard so far this season was their EFL Cup defeat to Bristol Rover – where Trollope played and managed – as Chris Lines hit an extra-time winner.

That first-round defeat means that they go into this weekend without the exertions of a midweek fixture – the Royals, on the other hand, played for two hours on Tuesday before beating MK Dons on penalties.

We are delighted that Cardiff City became the first club to reciprocate our ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ stance for away supporters, and are offering tickets for just £20 for Adults.

For full ticket information, click here.

Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR) operate coach travel to all away fixtures – click here for more information.

Otherwise, take a look at the map below for travel news.

Assistant manager Andries Ulderink talks us through preparations for @CardiffCityFC on Sat:

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Andy Woolmer takes charge of this affair – his third Championship game of the season.  The first was a lively 4-3 win for Nottingham Forest against Burton on the opening weekend; the second was a more sedate affair, with Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday each failing to score.  We didn’t fare too well last time he took one of our games – that was a 4-0 defeat to Forest in 2014, in which former Royal Michail Antonio scored twice.

Assisting Mr Woolmer on the wings will be linesmen Adam Crysell and Daniel Robathan; Marvyn Amplett will be the fourth official for the afternoon.

Sky Bet, title partners of the EFL, make Cardiff 7/5 favourites to take the three points from their home meeting with the Royals – we are 2/1 for the win, while a draw is available at 9/4.

John Swift, who was called into the England Under-21 squad yesterday, is 3/1 to net his third goal of the season at any time, while Callum Harriott – who hit two against MK Dons in midweek – is 5/2 to score again in Cardiff.

Our travelling support represented the Royals brilliantly last season - and we hope for more of the same this year and hopefully plenty to cheer about!  We wish to politely reminder supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile.  Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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