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Ahead of the game | Untangling Leeds

30 March 2017

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's meeting with Leeds in our match preview

Reading v Leeds United
Madejski Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 1st April 2017, 5:30pm


The Royals welcome Leeds to Berkshire on Saturday in a return to Sky Bet Championship action following the international break.  

Leeds head down to Madejski Stadium in fine form, with the West Yorkshire club unbeaten in their last seven in the league. Last time out Garry Monk's side overcame high flying Brighton at Elland Road thanks to a brace from prolific forward Chris Wood, so the Royals aware of a dangerous opponent.

The Royals will be approaching the game on a high themselves, after a dramatic win before the international break away at Sheffield Wednesday, with Yann Kermorgant and Adrian Popa both netting for the Royals.  

With only a handful of tickets remaining in all areas of the ground, and the Leeds faithful traveling in numbers there’ll be a lively atmosphere at  for this one!


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

As this is a particularly busy fixture, please ensure that you arrive as early as possible to avoid long queues at the Ticket Office if you are intending to buy on the evening of the game or collect tickets on arrival.

As this is a busy fixture with a near-sellout crowd and a lot of collections taking place at the Ticket Office, we would urge supporters to arrive as early as possible to prevent any risk of missing kick-off.

Ticket Bundles are now also available to buy online! Click here for more information about how you can buy your 4-Match Bundle and redeem games from wherever you are.


M4 CLOSURE: Due to bridge repairs on the motorway, the M4 will be closed between junction J12 and J13 in both directions from Friday 31st March through to Monday 3rd April. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4
(through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton). Reading fans traveling to the ground should take the delays into account to avoid missing any of the action! For more information on the planned M4 closure click here.

On a matchday, only very limited overflow parking is available at the stadium for £8 – we advise supporters to consider one of our off-site car parks. Non-Permit holders enter the Stadium via Northern Way only and Permit holders enter via Hurst Way and Northern Way.

If you have a child under the age of 12 in your car, you will be eligible to park in our special family parking area for £8 – spaces are available in advance by phoning the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 or visiting the Ticket Office in person. If purchasing in advance, parking permits will be posted or available for collection from the Main Ticket Office prior to matchday.

On home matchdays, any cars parked in excess of 2 hours at Costco South Oak Way will be subject to a penalty charge of £60 (reduced to £40 if paid within 14 days). This will be enforced using number plate recognition CCTV (ANPR).

For more information about Madejski Stadium parking, click here.

If you’re coming on public transport, make sure you follow @reading_buses on Twitter or visit www.reading-buses.co.uk to get more information about your route and football buses.

If you have any questions about Travel and Transport or to book disabled parking at Madejski Stadium, you can contact us via email at customerservice@readingfc.co.uk or by ringing 0118 968 1211.


The gaffer discusses squad fitness and players returning from international duty ahead of a big clash with Leeds: https://t.co/dLFl1doBQ4pic.twitter.com/mFhuc5E16X

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 30, 2017


Saturday's fixture will be officiated by Keith Stroud – The referee has taken charge of two games at Madejski Stadium so far this season, with both of them resulting in Reading victories on the day. Stroud oversaw the Royals 3-0 triumph over Burton in November as well as the dramatic 3-2 win over Brentford in February.

Mark Pottage and Darren Blunden will be running the lines, while fourth official for Saturday is James Linington.


The Royals are given odds of 6/4 to take all three points according to to EFL title sponsors Sky Bet. Leeds are at 15/8 for a win, while a draw is priced at 9/4.

Yann Kermorgant is at odds of 2/1 to add to his tally and score at any time following his fine finish in Sheffield last time out. Adrian Poppa is at 5/2 to add to his first goal for the club following his superb run and late goal at Hillsborough.


There is a revamped concourse menu in place for the 2016/17 season, details of which can be found by clicking here. Make sure you take advantage of our contactless payment points situated all around the stadium concourses highlighted by the yellow contactless sign & a yellow t-shirt which says ‘I take contactless’.

Piglets, our pie supplier, are offering ‘pies of the month’ throughout the season – this month's offering is Minced Beef, Bacon & Cheese. The Vegetarian option is Broccoli, Cauliflower and Double Cheese or Vegetarian Sausage Roll 

Kingsley Kids Bags are also a convenient way of getting food for young supporters delivered straight to your seat! Click here to find out more.


Young supporters can visit the Royals Fun Zone, just outside the Eamonn Dolan Stand, Gate 6. Football based games will be available for young fans to put their skills to the test! The Fun Zone will also be open at half-time for supporters to come and have fun.

And thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at the Fan Zone before the game. Located outside the East Stand, the area is an ideal place to catch up and enjoy a drink with fellow fans before the action kicks off!

We have introducing fresh bean to cup coffee in the Fan Zone which is in addition to the fresh coffee fans can buy outside the Eamonn Dolan Stand. Why not swing by and grab a cup before the game!

Don’t forget to get your Golden Gamble ticket – the draw, sponsored by STAR, will be made at half-time. Tickets can be purchased from designated sellers based around the stadium, for just £1. There are two prizes up for grabs: a cash prize or an item of Reading FC merchandise, signed by the team! All funds go to the Reading FC Community Trust.

You can also download our Guide to the Game.


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!

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