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Ahead of the game: Heading to Forest’s neck of the woods

21 April 2017

A preview of our trip to the City Ground

Nottingham Forest vs Reading
The City Ground
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 22nd April 2017, 3pm

This weekend, a third straight win against Nottingham Forest could secure a top-six spot for the Royals!

The fact that we will need to break the 80-point mark to guarantee a play-off spot is testament to how the clubs at the top end of the table have performed this year.

But it’s also tight at the bottom… and Forest are one of those sides who are scrapping for every point available to preserve Championship status.

Brighton, Newcastle, Huddersfield and Leeds have all left the City Ground empty-handed this season – Jaap’s side have their work cut out if they want to seal the deal this weekend.

Tickets are available in advance, and will also be available to buy on the day at an increased rate from the visitors' ticket office at the rear of the Brian Clough Stand opening from 1pm. This will be a cash only turnstile.

Please see the full ticket information for this game by clicking 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.

"They might be towards the bottom, but that doesn't mean they are a bad side." The gaffer previews our Forest trip:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 21, 2017

It's a trip to his old club this weekend for @Chrisgunter16 -
and it's all about keeping that focus again:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) April 21, 2017

Geoff Eltringham is the man in the middle at the City Ground – the third time he has overseen a Royals away fixture this season.  He was in charge when we lost in Leeds in December, as well as overseeing our 2-2 draw at Ipswich and our recent 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

John Flynn and Mark Pottage will be on the flanks with their flags, and Charles Breakspear takes up the fourth official’s board.

Nottingham Forest’s strong home form this season has resulted in them being named favourites by EFL title sponsors Sky Bet; they are 13/10 for the win, while Reading are 19/10 and a draw is 5/2.

Lewis Grabban has notched in each of his last two and is 5/2 to strike again, while Frenchman Yann Kermorgant is 6/4 to fire in his 15th of the season at any time.

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 look out for our match photos on Instagram.

Head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!

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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