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Ahead of the game | Trotters test this weekend in RG2

Bolton are the latest visitors to Madejski Stadium

17 August 2018

Get the lowdown as the Royals return to league action this weekend...


Clement looking forward to facing a ‘great servant’ for Royals

16 August 2018

Reading vs Bolton Wanderers
Saturday 18th August
3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium

Following a safe passage into the Second Round of the Carabao Cup, Paul Clement's Royals will be hoping to bring that level of performance and result into the league when Bolton visit RG2 on Saturday.

Yakou Méïte and John Swift were both on target for the Royals during the week as they overcame Birmingham City, with a well-earned 2-0 win at Madejski Stadium.

Focus now turns to the Trotters, who have started the 2018-19 campaign brightly after surviving in the most dramatic manner at the end of last season. Having trailed 2-1 going into the final five minutes against Nottingham Forest, Phil Parkinson's side rallied and an 89th-minute winner from Aaron Wilbraham earned their Championship safety with just moments of the season remaining.

Parkinson, who made more than 400 appearances as a Royal in his playing days, led his Bolton side to an unlikely victory away at West Bromwich Albion on the opening day, before following that up with a point at home against Bristol City last time out.

The Trotters exited the Carabao Cup in the week at the hands of Leeds United, but will be striving to continue their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

For the Royals, their performances have merited more in the Championship, and a win would get their first points of the season on the board.   


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Pre-Match Chat



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17 August 2018


All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.

To see a full list of travel options, click here.

Please note, there have been a number of changes to Stagecoach bus timetables for the upcoming season, click here to see the updated timetable which will be in use for Saturday's game.


Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the Royals 21/20 favourites for victory on Saturday, with Bolton available at 14/5 for all three points, with the draw priced at 11/5.

After making his first Reading start in the week, Marc McNulty is the 9/2 favourite to open the scoring on Saturday afternoon, while Yakou Méïte is priced at 9/4 to follow up his midweek goal by scoring any time on Saturday.

Follow it Live!

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- Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.

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iFollow will also have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers - with international viewers able to purchase a match pass and watch the game live for the equivalent of £5.


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