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Preview: Citizens test tonight at Madejski Stadium

26 August 2016

A look ahead to this evening's Premier League 2 clash between the Royals and the Citizens...

The Royals have registered one win and one defeat so far in the U23 Premier League 2 campaign, with Manchester City the next test for Martin Kuhl’s Reading side in tonight's 7:00pm kick-off.

Reading made an impressive start to their league season, when they went away to Arsenal, claiming a 2-0 victory over the Gunners courtesy of strikes from Andy Rinomhota Harry Cardwell. The U23s enjoyed a much deserved after a dominant display against the North London club, showing real potential for the rest of the season.

Rinomhota was again on the score-sheet for Reading on Monday, this time in a defeat to a strong Tottenham side. The Royals started strongly but Spurs took the lead against the run of play midway through the first half. Three quick-fire goals at the beginning of the second period for the visitors effectively sealed a win, although Rinomhota’s fine header reduced the deficit late on.

The Citizens have played two games in the Premier League 2 so far this season - including also claiming a victory over Arsenal. In a close contest at the Etihad Stadium, City made the most of their opportunity in a game of very few chances. At just past the hour-mark, City winger Aaron Nemane broke free down the right side and drilled a cross to the edge of the box where Rodney Kongolo was waiting to sweep home and give City the lead.  In their previous outing, they overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Derby - Nemane scored the equaliser between two goals by Lukas Nmecha.

City should represent a good challenge for Kuhl’s Royals, who will be looking to bounce back with a positive result in front of a home crowd after their midweek defeat.

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— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) August 25, 2016

Entry for this fixture will be FREE for spectators. Entree to the stadium will be through West Stand Gate 1 or Gate 4 with refreshments in the Lower West concourse.

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Madejski Stadium car park will be available to all fans with free parking for the Friday evening fixture.

Bus Services
Greenwave Bus Service to the Stadium: There will be a frequent leaving Station Road Stop EF (outside Nationwide).

Returning Greenwave Service: After the game the 53a bus from the stop opposite Costco at 9.05pm or 9.35pm will run back to town via Kennet Island.

Town centre stop in Station Road is now stop SD and the fares are: Adult single £2, Child single £1.20, Adult return £3, Child return £1.70, or buy a Group return (up to 5 people, max 3 adults) on Greenwave for £3.50.

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