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Ahead of the game | Blunting the Blades…

A preview of our midweek encounter!

27 February 2018

Both ends of the pitch were in heavy use on Saturday as Reading emphatically fought back against high-flying Derby to secure 3-3 draw…

… and another tough test at Madejski Stadium awaits Jaap Stam’s side as the Royals host eighth-placed Sheffield United under the lights on Tuesday evening.

Reading v Sheffield United
Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium 

In the reverse tie at Bramall Lane, it was Sheffield United who claimed all three points after two early goals from Paul Coutts and Billy Sharp cancelled out Roy Beerens’ late consolation on 85 minutes.

Ahead of the Blades’ arrival, we’ve pulled together all the information you need to know ahead of the home Royals clash…


Tickets are on sale now and will be available to purchase on the day of the game for all home supporters. For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

Click the button below for full selling information for this game.


There have been important changes in car parking and bus travel for the upcoming season, with parking at Madejski Stadium now having to be pre-booked online, as well as a continuation of our bus subsidies with Reading Buses. There are more places to park than ever before, though, so click here and find out what the best option is for you!

Pre-match chat


Sheffield United considered favourites to win the upcoming tie, with EFL title sponsors Sky Bet offering odds at 11/8 in favour of the Blades.

A Reading victory is valued at 2/1 and supporters wanting to bet on a draw, can do so with odds at 11/5.

Chris Martin is eligible again and can be backed at 5/1 to notch the game's first goal, while Mo Barrow is 6/1 to net first.


Andy Davies takes charge of this one - his first Madejski Stadium match since our Carabao Cup tie against Swansea in September.  And he has only overseen one Blades meeting this term - their 2-1 league defeat in Norwich later in the same month.

Daniel Leach and Timothy Wood will act as his assistants and Keith Stroud is on duty in the fourth official's role.

Follow it live!

If you’re based in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on iFollow 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.

And supporters based overseas will be able to watch live video of a majority of our games – including this one – by using iFollow.  Match passes are just £5 (prices equated to your local currency).

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and look out for our behind-the-scenes story and match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!


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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