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Ahead of the game | Royals hope to avoid sting from Bees on Saturday

Brentford aim to take cup form into Championship campaign

15 September 2017

Get the lowdown on all you need ahead of Saturday's game, including train disruption and travel options...

Brentford vs Reading
Saturday 16th September 2017
Sky Bet Championship
Griffin Park
3pm kick-off

Saturday's opponents, Brentford, have had success in the Carabao Cup this season with comfortable victories over AFC Wimbledon and Queens Park Rangers. However, they have not been able to translate their cup form into the Championship so far, with no victories in the league as yet.

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However, creditable draws against Aston Villa, Bristol City and Wolves this season means that the Bees have left themselves in a position that perhaps belies their performances so far this term.

The Royals, meanwhile, along with Ipswich Town, were the only Championship teams to have not played a match in midweek, due to the postponement of our fixture against Barnsley that was beyond the club's control.

The Bees go into the weekend's game off the back of a 2-1 defeat against promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night at Hillsborough, while the Royals are aiming to get back to winning ways following last week's 1-0 loss against Bristol City.

Jaap Stam could be set to have more options at his disposal in the coming weeks, with the ongoing recovery of John Swift and Jordan Obita to be monitored before they can be re-introduced to first team action.

The Royals took to the heart of Reading for their 2017/18 squad photo earlier in the week.

Away fan guide

Click here to view Brentford's guide for visiting supporters.


Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link here.

Griffin Park is situated within walking distance of Brentford train station, but be advised of planned engineering works at Reading Station that will cause disruptions for certain journeys. We advise that you leave plenty of time to get to Brentford on Saturday, and check your travel details before setting off. Click here for full information on any replacement bus arrangements and affected routes. 

Pre-match chat


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Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, make the hosts evens to take their first home victory of the season, while the Royals are out at 12/5 to follow up their victory against Birmingham on the road with three more points away from home. The draw is available at 11/4.

Winger Garath McCleary has been working his way back to full fitness after injury, and he is 5/2 to score any time on Saturday.

Also, Sone Aluko made a promising start in a Reading shirt with several efforts on goal and he is priced at 15/2 to open the scoring at Griffin Park.


Saturday's match will be overseen by experienced official Tony Harrington. He has averaged 3.2 yellow cards per game so far this season, most recently taking charge of Fulham's 1-1 draw against Cardiff City last weekend, and is yet to send someone off this term.

Harrington is set to be assisted by Daniel Leach and Geoffrey Russell, with Christopher O'Donnell between the benches as fourth official.


Our full allocation of tickets for tomorrow's match has SOLD OUT, with around 1600 Royals supporters set to make the trip to Griffin Park on Saturday.

Elsewhere, tickets for Tuesday night's Carabao Cup tie against Swansea City are available from just £10 for adult Season Ticket holders, and from £5 for concessions!

For all further ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to


We wish to politely remind 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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