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Ahead of the game: Outmanoeuvring the Tractor Boys

3 February 2017

All you need to know about the clash with Ipswich in our match preview

After a busy transfer deadline day the Royals will be heading up to Ipswich, looking to make in four wins on the spin this Saturday, with Reece Oxford, Jordon Mutch and Lewis Grabban all joining the Reading ranks.

Tuesday evening's 1-0 win away at Birmingham City was a well earned three-points by Jaap Stam's men, with John Swift on hand to slot home the winning goal late in the second half at St Andrew's.

Ipswich come into the match on a difficult run of form, as Mick McCarthy's men look for a response after a 3-0 drumming by Derby at Portman Road on Tuesday.


Tickets will be available to buy on the day of the game at Portman Road for visiting supporters. All tickets will be available at cash turnstiles 10 & 11.

For full ticket information for this fixture, click here.


Swift: "Ipswich will be another massive game for us. Games like this we have to go there with confidence." https://t.co/JjPgX1UCXjpic.twitter.com/71HdFf9Xeg

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 3, 2017


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Hosts Ipswich Town have been given odds of 7/4 to pick up three points on Saturday afternoon, with the Royals at 8/5 to secure a win on the road. Sky Bet, title partners of EFL, have placed the odds of a draw between the two clubs at 11/5.

Tuesday nights goalscorer John Swift is at 7/2 to score again on Saturday, with new signing Lewis Grabban at 5/2 to net on his debut for the club.


Geoff Eltringham
will be the man in charge this weekend. Eltringham's only match in charge of the Royals earlier in the season ended in a 2-0 defeat at Leeds, Jaap's men will be hoping for better luck this time around. 

Darren Blunden and Daniel Leach will be running the lines in Ipswich, with Brett Huxtable as fourth official.


Ipswich Town have kindly provided us with an away supporters' guide to the game, with information about away fans' pubs, parking and access to the stadium.

Click here to view the away supporters' guide


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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