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Ahead of the game: Fighting the Lions

Odds, officials, pre-match chat and more!

2 February 2018

Now that the transfer window has closed, we begin the run-in towards the end of the campaign with our squad.

Tommy Elphick and Chris Martin joined our ranks ahead of the Wednesday-night deadline, while this weekend’s visitors Millwall saw the return of former employee Tim Cahill.

We’ve hosted the Lions this season already in the Carabao Cup and the FA Youth Cup… now it’s time to try and complete a trio of wins with our Sky Bet Championship fixture!


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

“It’s a winners’ mentality that we need to have – we need to get on a roll.”


The Royals are 13/8 favourites for the three points with EFL title partner Sky Bet… Millwall can be backed at 9/5, and a draw is available for 21/10.

Jón Daði Böðvarsson took the place of top-scorer last month, and he’s 11/2 to open the scoring in our first game in February.  Defender Tommy Elphick is 40/1 to net first on his home debut.


Andy Davies takes charge of this one… it’ll be the second time he has visited Madejski Stadium this season, following our Carabao Cup defeat to Swansea City in September.

Geoffrey Russell and John Flynn are his assistants and Gavin Ward will be on duty as fourth official.

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 match photos on Instagram.  And head to Snapchat and find 'officialrfc' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!


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