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Ahead of the game: Lancashire battle with the Latics

4 November 2016

A preview Saturday's clash with Wigan...

The Royals travel up to Lancashire this weekend looking to make it a trio of straight wins in the Sky Bet Championship when they face Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Wigan have newly appointed manager Warren Joyce after he joined the club on Wednesday evening. The former Manchester United U21s and U23s boss was recommended for the role by Sir Alex Ferguson and will be looking to get off to a good start against Reading this weekend.

The fifth-placed Royals will be up against a Latics side who sit 22nd in the Championship table, only a point off safety having picked up 14 points from their opening 15 fixtures.

After following up on an win away in Rotherham with a 2-0 victory over Forest at Madejski Stadium last weekend, Jaap's side could move as high as third place in the table with three points on Saturday as the Royals looking to continue their impressive start to the league campaign.     

Tickets will be on sale to Reading supporters on the day of the game at an increased rate. Click here for full ticketing information for this fixture.

Royals fans are invited to visit The Family Zone which is open from 1.30pm all the way up until kick off situated in the East Stand. For more information click here to view the Wigan away supporters' guide.

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.

📰 Winger @Cally_messi says intensity is key as Royals look to make it three league wins on the spin at Wigan:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 3, 2016

"Our main focus is our own team." Ahead of Wigan trip, Jaap isn't concerned with other clubs' managerial changes:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) November 4, 2016

EFL title sponsors Sky Bet make us 2/1 favourites to pick up a win at Wigan; the hosts are given odds of 7/5 to pick up a victory in Joyce's first game in charge with a draw is also priced at 9/4.

You can get odds of 2/1 on forward Yann Kermorgant to hit the net at any time, with Sky Bet pricing the chances of Chris Gunter netting for a second week running at 16/1.

David Coote is the man in the middle at the DW Stadium. Coote refereed our away victory in Barnsley earlier in the seaon awarding the Royals a penalty on the road, but also dismissing Garath McCleary mid-way through the first half in an eventful match. 

Running the lines on Saturday are James Mainwaring and Nick Greenhalgh and fourth official Richard Wild.

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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