All you need to know as the Royals are back in Emirates FA Cup action on Friday night...
Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading
Friday 26th January 2018
Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
We all know what happened the last time the Royals made the trip to Hillsborough on a Friday night back in March last year... and when we go to the Steel City this time around, the prize is a place in the FA Cup Fifth Round!
In terms of league standings, just three points and one place separate Sheffield Wednesday and the Royals in the English footballing pyramid, but the FA Cup always has a different feel to proceedings!
Jaap Stam and his side will also be hoping to go one better than the goalless draw the sides played out at Madejski Stadium back in November, with a place in the last 16 of England's oldest cup competition awaiting the winners of the tie.
With a new management team in place at Hillsborough in the shape of Dutch manager, Jos Luhukay and assistant Remy Reynierse, they will be sure to provide a different kind of challenge than the one posed in RG2 earlier in the season, and it sets up an intriguing cup tie on Friday night.
Advacne tickets for this fixture will remain on sale until midday on Friday 26th January 2018.
Travelling supporters will also be able to buy on the day at cash turnstiles from 6.30pm - please note the £1 for Under-11s is not available on the turnstiles so must be purchased in advance.
📰 Andries is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with @swfc's newly-appointed management duo Jos Luhukay and Remy Reynierse - but targeting a place in round five of the @EmiratesFACup! https://t.co/iuJ1VwW7sZ pic.twitter.com/2cmCF7339j— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 24, 2018
EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have made the Royals 12/5 for victory at Hillsborough on Friday night, and the hosts are the short-priced 6/5 favourites, with odds of 11/5 on the tie being taken to a replay.
After his hat-trick in the last round, Jón Daði Böðvarsson is priced at 13/2 to open the scoring at Hillsborough.
He seems to have settled back into the squad after a lengthy injury, and George Evans is available at 13/2 to score any time on Friday night.
John Brooks will be taking charge of proceedings at Hillsborough on Friday night, having already been the official as the Royals took on Burton Albion back in December.
Brooks has averaged around three cautions per match this season, having also brandished the red card four times this term.
He will be assisted on the night by Akil Howson and Craig Taylor, with Ross Joyce on the sidelines 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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