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Ahead of the game | Royals return to action after break

We're back on home turf against Bristol City this weekend

7 September 2017

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game, including betting odds, affordable travel information and pre-match entertainment.

Reading v Bristol City
Saturday 9th September
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
3pm kick-off

Interviews

Stam reflects on business in the window

6 September 2017

The Royals return to league action this weekend after the international break, by welcoming Bristol City to Madejski Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following an important 2-0 victory away at Birmingham City a fortnight ago, Jaap Stam and the Royals are hoping to continue that momentum against a Bristol City side who sit just one point behind going into Saturday's match.

With the Royals getting back to winning ways and sterling home form in 2017, Stam is under no illusions about the threat that Lee Johnson's side will pose at Madejski Stadium as they hope to continue this run.

This is our first match following the closure of the summer transfer window, with new signings Sone Aluko and Dave Edwards in contention to be in the squad to make their debuts in the blue and white hoops.

With the season starting to get into full swing, another three points on the board will do the Royals no harm in the push for a good opening to the season. 

 

Around the ground

Our Royals Fun Zone will be open before the match at Madejski Stadium, come down early and get the family involved in our pre-match activities!

We're delighted to be welcoming the Bulmershe Ensemble to our pre-match entertainment for the day's game. The local school choir appeared on BBC2's The Choir - Gareth's Best in Britain, and they will be performing outside the Megastore from 1.30pm.

Pre-match chat

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Odds

We're sorry to announce that there are no longer any on-site betting facilities at Madejski Stadium outside of Hospitality, but Championship title sponsors Sky Bet are offering odds of 7/5 for the Royals to win all three points on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors are priced at 9/5 for the victory, with the draw available at 12/5.

George Evans has scored in each of the last two matches in league and cup, and he is 11/2 to score any time on Saturday.

Fresh from scoring his first Royals goal last time out at Birmingham City, striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson is 11/2 to open the scoring at Madejski Stadium. 

Officials

James Linington will be in charge of proceedings on Saturday, and the Newport-based referee has seemed to be in the centre of high-scoring matches all season long, with 32 goals in his seven matches so far.

His last match was in the international break in League Two, with both teams finishing with 10 men in Barnet's 4-1 win at Swindon Town last weekend.

He has given out an average of just under four yellow cards per match so far this season, and this will be his first visit to Madejski Stadium since our 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in September last year.

Linington will be assisted on the day by Lee Venamore and Michael George, with Craig Hicks in the dugout as fourth official.

Travel

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There are a number of cost effective and convenient ways to get to Reading FC matches. In addition to onsite and offsite car parking, there are multiple bus routes serving Madejski Stadium and some of these include fares subsidised by the club.

Parking at Madejski Stadium is limited and comes at a premium price. We encourage supporters to explore all travel options before deciding to park onsite. For full information about the options available, please click here.

Tickets

We would like to remind supporters that you have until Friday 8th September at 5pm to purchase your Season Ticket if you haven't done so already! Click here for more details of how to buy before the deadline.

For all 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 www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to ticketing@readingfc.co.uk

Reminder

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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