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Ahead of the game: A run-in with Rovers

16 December 2016

Everything you need to know about Saturday's meeting with Blackburn in our match preview...

The Royals will make the trip up to Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon to face Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship.

Jaap Stam's side will be hoping for a quick response to Tuesday evening's loss in Leeds as the Royals look to stay third in the table with a win away from home.

Despite their lowly league position, Blackburn have enjoyed a resurgence in form in recent weeks, picking up an impressive win away in Newcastle at the end of November. Rovers almost grabbed a point at home to Brighton on Tuesday night but Gordon Greer's sending off midway through the second half tipped the game in the Seagulls' favour, as the away side hang on to the points despite Sam Gallagher's late goal.

Advance tickets are available for this game until midday on Friday, and tickets will be available at the ground for the same price.

For full ticket information for this fixture, 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.

"There isn't one team in this league to be underestimated." @liammoore93 previews tomorrow's visit to Blackburn:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 16, 2016

"We need to make sure when we get chances that we finish them off against Blackburn." The gaffer previews Saturday:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 15, 2016

The Royals are at 9/5 to return to winning ways on the Road this weekend, with the hosts at 6/4 to bounce back from their defeat to Brighton with a win. Sky Bet, title partners of EFL, have placed the odds of a draw between the two clubs at 23/10.

Royals striker, Yann Kemorgant, is at odds of 15/8 to score for Reading at Ewood Park on Saturday. Garath McClearyis given odds of2/1 to grab a goal for the Reading over 90 minutes against Blackburn.

Jeremy Simpson
will be the man in the middle at Ewood Park. The official took charge of the Royals 2-1 win over Ipswich town back in early September but has yet to take charge of a Rovers match so far this campaign.  

Shaun Hudson and Tony Peart will be running the lines on Saturday, with Darren England as fourth official.

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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