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Ahead of the game: A night on the Toon

16 August 2016

A match preview of our visit to the Magpies

Few teams can come away empty-handed from their first two fixtures of a new season and remain firm favourites with the bookies to lift the league title.

But that’s the situation for Newcastle this season, such is the expectation of bringing Premier League football back to Tyneside. 

Indeed, last time they played at this level – in the 2009/10 season – they romped back to the top tier with 102 points, four shy of the famous 106 total which we set four years before.

This time around, it’s two games and two defeats.  Fulham were victors in West London on the first fixture of the new EFL season – Matt Smith headed the game’s only goal on the cusp of half-time in their Friday-night meeting under the lights.  And then at St James’ Park, it was Huddersfield who inflicted a home loss – Jack Payne netted a late winner after Dwight Gayle had cancelled out a Nahki Wells opener.

But the Toon are favourites for the win in midweek – they are odds-on, in fact, with EFL title sponsors Sky Bet, who have them as 7/10 for the points.

After two wins to open the new campaign, our first setback of the new season came at Wolves at the weekend… but Jaap’s men will be looking to set the record straight and keep the points tally ticking over in Newcastle on Wednesday.

"You need to play your own game and do what you do best." Jaap previews our visit to @NUFC:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) August 15, 2016

Travelling fans are reminded that this is an all-ticket fixture, and therefore Newcastle United will not be selling tickets to Reading fans on the evening of the fixture.

For full ticket information for this game, 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.

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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