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Ahead of the game | Ruffling the Robins' feathers

1 January 2017

We look ahead to Monday afternoon's clash at Ashton Gate...

The Royals will make the trip down the M4 to Bristol City to in the Sky Bet Championship on Monday afternoon as Jaap Stam's side look to start 2017 with a win on the Road. After the Royals had their last game of 2016 posponed at half time against Fulham, they will be hoping for a strong 90 minutes at Ashton Gate.

Bristol have had a mixed first half of the 2016/17 season, with the Robins currently sitting 17th in the Championship table. Their last outing was a 2-1 defeat against Ipswich at Portman Road, with Lee Johnson's men looking to looking to end a run of five straight defeats in the Championship when they meet the Royals on Monday.

The Royals came out on top when the two sides met earlier in the season at Madejski Stadium. Two first half Reading goals from Garath McCleary and Roy Beerens were enough to secure a win over the Robins, despite a late strike from Gary O'Neil. Jaap's side will be hoping for more of the same come 3pm on Monday.

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STAM | "We have to look at the Fulham game as a 45min training session that can help us get a result against City" -

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 1, 2017

McSHANE | "It would be nice to start 2017 with a win, but it won't be easy!" Skipper looks ahead to @bcfctweets

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 1, 2017

The Royals are at 12/5 to pick up three points at Ashton Gate on Monday afternoon, with the hosts Bristol at odds of 11/10 to secure a home victory. Sky Bet, title partners of EFL, have placed the odds of a draw between the two clubs at 5/2.

Royals striker, Yann Kemorgant, is at odds of 9/4 to score for Reading at Ewood Park on Saturday. With winger Roy Beerens at 7/2 to grab a goal for the Reading over 90 minutes against the Robins.

Roger East
will be the man in the middle at Ashton Gate. His last match involving the Royals was last season's 5-1 hammering of Ipswich Town at Madejski Stadium, with the referee handing out four booking's that day in Berkshire.

Derek Eaton and Dan Cook will be running the lines on Monday, with Brendan Malone as fourth official.

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