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Ashton Gate awaits for Reading on Boxing Day

24 December 2017

All you need to know ahead of our Boxing Day clash at Ashton Gate...

Bristol City vs Reading
Tuesday 26th December 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
3pm kick-off

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Despite a disappointing defeat on Saturday, the Championship is no place to rest on your laurels as the Royals are back in action on Boxing Day against high-flying Bristol City.

Lee Johnson's side are in fine fettle, having overcome four Premier League sides in the Carabao Cup already this season, most recently a last-gasp win against Jose Mourinho's Manchester United last week.

They're also sitting pretty in the Championship table, being among the play-off places for the majority of the campaign to date.

Having also taken a 1-0 win at Madejski Stadium back in September, the home side are set to be favourites against a Royals side looking to find their form once again.

With a packed festive schedule ahead, Reading will be hoping for a repeat of last year's exploits at Ashton Gate, with all three points returning to Berkshire on the day.

Pre-match chat



Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, have made the Royals 18/5 for victory at Ashton Gate, with the hosts odds-on favourites at 3/4, and the draw is priced at 13/5.

NB: Odds are subject to change, and are correct at time of publication.


Oliver Langford will be in charge of proceedings at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day, having averaged around three yellow cards in his matches to date.

He will be assisted by Andrew Fox and Mark Pottage, with Dean Whitestone as fourth official.


Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link here.


Tickets for this match are now OFF SALE and will not be sold on the day at Ashton Gate, so please do not travel to the ground without a ticket. The Royals' Ticket Office sold 1,111 tickets in the lead-up to the game.

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And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow.  Match passes are just £5 (prices equated to your local currency).

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!


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