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Ahead of the Game | Felling Preston at Deepdale

10 March 2017

All you need to know about Reading's clash with Preston North End in our match preview...

Preston vs Reading
Deepdale
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 11th March 2017, 3pm


After a good performance in midweek against top of the league Newcastle United at Madejski Stadium the Royals will be looking to follow the display up with a big results away from home at Deepdale.

Preston have been in good form since the turn of the year, only suffering two defeats in the last ten games in the Sky Bet Championship. The Lillywhites are unbeaten at home since boxing day when they fell to a 4-1 loss to Leeds in Lancashire, so Jaap Stam's side will have their work cut out to take maximum points on the road. 


Tickets for this fixture will be on sale until Friday 10th of March at midday. Tickets will also be available to buy from 1pm on the day at Deepdale, at the away Tickets office by the Bill Shankly Cop.

For full ticket information for this fixture, click here.


McCleary: “It’s up to us to change our away fortunes, there's no better place to start that than at Deepdale.” https://t.co/cMWLshu1LCpic.twitter.com/OCGpYdfSEz

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 9, 2017

📰 Reading's Van den Berg hopes the Royals can follow up Tuesday's draw with a big three points at Preston: https://t.co/aHSfxebotcpic.twitter.com/Y22TVBAVEL

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 9, 2017

Jaap on Saturday's Preston clash: “We need to collect the points, get the result, go forward and attack.". https://t.co/DP9aNJIco0pic.twitter.com/J1tYVP1QKx

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 10, 2017

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Hosts Preston have been given odds of 5/4 to pick up three points this weekend, with the Royals at 9/4 to secure a win at Deepdale. Sky Bet, title partners of EFL, have placed the odds of a draw between the two clubs at 23/10.

Forward Garath McCleary is at 2/1 to score his first goal for the Royals on Saturday, with John Swift at 5/2 to net in Lancashire.


Scott Duncan
will be refereeing the contest on Saturday afternoon. The official's last game in charge of the Royals was in Rotherham on the 22nd of October, with Reading taking a 1-0 win that afternoon, thanks to a Paul Mcshane strike.

Phillip Dermott and Christopher Akers will be running the lines in Preston, with Ben Toner as fourth official.


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