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Ahead of the game: The first leg…

12 May 2017

A preview of our trip to the Cottage

Fulham vs Reading
Craven Cottage
Sky Bet Championship, play-off semi-final first leg
Saturday 13th May 2017, 5.30pm

In other circumstances, the summer break would already be here.

But our boys have earned their right through their work throughout the year to extent the 2016/17 for a bit longer with a play-off campaign.

The Wembley dream is alive and well – nothing can be decided on the day on Saturday evening in Fulham, but we’ll want a healthy scoreline to bring back to Madejski Stadium for Tuesday’s return leg.

Tickets for Reading supporters for this fixture are completely SOLD OUT.  Please do not travel to Craven Cottage unless you have a ticket.

However there are still tickets available for the decisive second leg at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening – click here for information for that fixture.

Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR) operate coach travel to all away fixtures – click here for more information.

Please note that this weekend the railway lines between Clapham Junction and Barnes will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday for maintenance and renewal work.  This means that Reading supporters will not be able to connect at Richmond to reach Putney as usual.  The quickest route from Reading station will be a train to Paddington followed by a District Line tube to Putney Bridge.  Please take these closures into consideration when planning your route and leave ample time for your journey.

If you’re driving, take a look at the map below for up-to-date travel information.

"All form and previous results go out the window in the play-offs. It’s a whole different ball game."

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) May 12, 2017

"I want to keep making as many memories as I can in my career and this is a great opportunity," says @pmacca15:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) May 11, 2017

Jaap on...
✳️ Being labelled underdogs
✳️ Fulham's qualities
✳️ Finishing third
✳️ Big occasions
✳️ Play-off prep

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) May 11, 2017

The man in the middle at Craven Cottage will be Stuart Attwell, overseeing his first Royals fixture for over two and a half years.  He has been on the whistle at Fulham once this season, as they list 2-1 to Brighton in January.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Andrew Garrett and Matthew Wilkes as linesmen, and the fourth official’s board will be manned by Tim Robinson.

Hosts Fulham are favourites to take a lead into the second leg according to EFL title sponsors Sky Bet, with 8/13 the price on a home win.  The Royals – who have upset the odds more times than any other club in the three divisions this season – are an outside bet at 17/4 and odds are 3/1 for the scores to be level when we head back to Madejski Stadium.

Striker Yann Kermorgant goes into the game with 9 goals in his last 9 games… he’s 15/2 to score in a Reading win in a Sky Bet price boost!  And they’re also offering a scorecast boost double chance of 55/1 for John Swift to score first in either a 2-0 Reading win or a 1-1 draw.

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.  The play-offs are also being broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK.

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!

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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