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Ahead of the game: Walsall come to town for Cup clash

29 January 2016

A preview of the Saddlers’ FA Cup visit to Madejski Stadium

Reading vs Walsall
FA Cup, fourth round
Madejski Stadium
Saturday 30th January 2016, 3pm

We had to fight from goal down in Huddersfield, and then from two behind at our replay at Madejski Stadium… but we secured a place in the fourth round with a 5-2 win at the Terriers expense to set up the date with Walsall.

The Saddlers have already downed three opponents from higher tiers on the football pyramid in cup competition this season, as well as standing well in the League 1 table at present.

It is the first time in a decade that Saturday’s guests have made this stage – but it’s an equally big fixture for the Royals, as we look to go a step closer to repeating last season’s feat.

A place in the fifth round is at stake… but if the teams can’t be separated after 90 minutes, it’ll mean a midweek visit to the Bescot to settle the game.

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Don’t forget that you can save £3 and avoid the matchday queues by buying before midday on matchday!

We also wish to remind supporters that there are often large queues for collections at cup fixtures, so please be sure to arrive as early as possible to avoid any matchday delays.

For full ticketing information for this fixture against the Saddlers, click here.

If you are travelling via Basingstoke Road, Whitley Wood Lane, Imperial Way Roundabout (near Lidl Supermarket), there is a warning of road works for the next 3 weeks with 4-way traffic lights which will cause delays in the area, and so supporters should allow extra time if parking in the Imperial Way (Worton Grange) car park area.

If you’re coming on public transport, make sure you follow @reading_buses on Twitter or visit to get more information about your route and football buses.  Please bear in mind that there may be reduced service on your usual route as it is a Bank Holiday.

PREVIEW: @AliAlhabsi expects a tough test against League 1 high-flyers Walsall tomorrow:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 29, 2016

Peter Bankes is our referee on Saturday – his second visit to Madejski Stadium this season, following our 1-0 win against Blackburn on Brian McDermott’s first fixture back in charge.  He also oversaw the 2-1 defeat on the opening weekend at Birmingham.

Running the lines as assistants will be Amy Fearn and Adrian Tranter, whilst Brendan Malone is on duty as fourth official.

According to Football League title sponsors Sky Bet, we are odds-on for a win in this fixture at 5/6, while visitors Walsall are 10/3 – and the price is 5/2 for the game to go to a replay.

Matej Vydra, hat-trick hero in the third round replay, is 5/1 to net the opening goal of the fixture, while Jake Cooper – who headed in our equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend – is 22/1 to score the final goal of the match.

24 hours until we face Walsall! Follow our #RFCMusic playlist on Spotify:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 29, 2016

Thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at the brand new ‘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!

From 1pm supporters can visit the Royals Fun Zone, just outside the North Stand, Gate 6.  Football based games will be available for young fans to put their skills to the test!  The Fun Zone will also be open at half-time for supporters to come and have fun.

And don’t forget to get your Golden Gamble ticket – the draw, sponsored by STAR, will be made at half-time.  Tickets can be purchased from designated sellers based around the stadium, for just £1.   There are two prizes up for grabs: a cash prize or an item of Reading FC merchandise, signed by the team!  All funds go to the Reading FC Community Trust.  We don’t have many sellers attending the game – so make sure you get your ticket whenever you spot an opportunity!

Download our Guide to the Game by clicking here.

The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!

But if you can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on Reading FC PlayerHD for as little as £4.49 per month.  Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and don't forget to follow our Instagram page for loads of exclusive images.

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