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Ahead of the game | Teesside test awaits Royals

Middlesbrough are the opponents as the Royals go for three more points

9 February 2018

All you need to know as we head to Teesside this weekend...

Middlesbrough vs Reading
Saturday 10th February 2018
Sky Bet Championship
3pm kick-off

The Royals head to Middlesbrough at the weekend knowing three points could steer them further clear of the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship.

Jaap Stam and his side will be going to the Riverside hoping to avenge a 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at Madejski Stadium back in October, in a match which saw defenders Tiago Ilori and Liam Moore have a horrific accidental clash of heads in the early stages - an incident which saw Ilori rushed to hospital.

Boro, meanwhile, are now under the tutelage of experienced manager Tony Pulis, having been appointed to replace Garry Monk on Boxing Day.  

Boro sit just outside the play-offs as it stands in the Championship table, with hopes of an immediate return to the Premier League still on their radar as the season heads into its final few months.

The Royals will be hoping to bring three points on the long journey home from the Riverside on Saturday night.



Tickets are available to purchase on the day for Royals fans at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but you can only buy tickets cash only on the day. 

Pre-match chat


EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have made the Royals 19/4 for victory at the Riverside on Saturday afternoon. The hosts are 3/5 odds-on favourites, while the draw is available at 14/5.

New signing Chris Martin is aiming to make his first start as a Royal, and is available at 11/4 to score any time on Saturday afternoon.

Following his excellent strike against Burton, Chris Gunter is an outside shot to score any time on Saturday at 28/1 with Sky Bet.


David Coote will be taking charge of Saturday's match at the Riverside, having brandished the red card three times in his last four matches, including a fiery Sheffield derby and a seven-goal thriller between Leeds United and Millwall.

His last match officiating the Royals came back at Bramall Lane in October, with Reading losing out 2-1 on the day against Sheffield United.

Coote will be assisted by Philip Dermott and Paul Hodskinson, with Mark Dwyer as fourth official.


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

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