A look ahead to our visit to South YorkshireBarnsley vs Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 17th September 2016, 3pm
It’s a while since Barnsley have sat top of the pile of the South Yorkshire clubs – but going into this weekend’s round of fixtures, the Tykes sit third in the Championship as their bright start to life back in the second tier continues.
The Red crept into the play-offs last season, edging out Scunthorpe on goal-difference, and then picked apart Walsall and Millwall in the play-offs to book a spot in the Championship after a two-year absence. And none of the three teams which have visited Oakwell so far this season in league action have been able to earn as much as a point.
Derby and QPR both fell to defeat on their trips north within the space of a week, and local rivals Rotherham were on the receiving end of a 4-0 hammering during Barnsley’s last run-out at home. And the Tykes have also taken some of that form on the road with them this season too… Wolves were their latest victims, also being overturned 4-0 at Molineux in midweek.
So the challenge facing the Royals can’t be understated – we got our first away win when we made our last road-trip to Cardiff, and Jaap’s charges will be giving it their all to make it a second this Saturday.
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David Coote takes charge of this affair at Oakwell – the Nottinghamshire-based ref oversaw two of our games last season, as we earned draws at home against MK Dons and away at Derby.
He will be assisted on the flanks by Shaun Hudson and Tony Peart, and the fourth official will be Ross Joyce.
Home side Barnsley are favourites according to EFL title sponsors Sky Bet, at 5/4 – the Royals can be backed at 11/5 and a draw is available at 23/10.
Yann Kermorgant, who netted a late winner on our last road-trip to Cardiff, is 2/1 to hit the net at any time, while John Swift is 3/1 to net his third competitive goal for the Royals at any time.
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