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Ahead of the game | 2020 starts at Craven Cottage

The New Year starts with a short trip to London to face The Cottagers

30 December 2019

All you need to know ahead of the Royals' trip to Craven Cottage on Wednesday 1st January, kick-off 3pm.

11 points out of a possible 15, five games unbeaten and four consecutive clean sheets - Reading hope to continue their fine form against high-flying Fulham.

As the curtains lift on 2020, the Royals will make the short journey to Fulham in search of continuing their impressive string of results during December.

The game at Craven Cottage will be the last of a non-stop festive period, in which Reading have played seven games in just under four weeks. After the 90 minutes in Fulham, attention will turn to FA Cup action, with the Royals hosting League One outfit Blackpool.

But Fulham is a tough hurdle to jump, with the Cottagers sitting in 3rd in the Sky Bet Championship, with some free-flowing attacking football. Scott Parker's side will be full of confidence after picking up seven points in their last three games over Christmas.

And the reverse fixture at Madejski Stadium back in October was a night to forget for the Royals, with an early dismissal and a loss on the night.

Nevertheless, it will be an entertaining affair in the Sky Bet Championship, bound to start 2020 off with a bang!



Pre-match chat




Reading Football Club have sold-out their away capacity, so no tickets will be on sale. Great work, Royals fans!

Match officials


The man with the whistle for the game will be Geoff Eltringham. The referee's festive schedule consisted of Hull vs Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, which Forest claimed all three points. And the most recent was West Brom vs Middlesbrough, where Middlesbrough shocked the league leaders and won 2-0. In these two fiercely contested games, the referee brandished a total of 13 yellow cards.
The referee will be assisted by Rob Smith and Sam Lewis, and the fourth official for the afternoon will be James Durkin.


One of the shorter trips in the calendar, Craven Cottage is clocking just under 40 miles. Depending on traffic on the day, journey time may total just over an hour.


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