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All you need to know as the Royals make the long journey north on Sunday

28 December 2019

After back-to-back wins in the Sky Bet Championship, Reading will be hoping to continue their form on the road this weekend...

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Bowen and Swift on Preston preparations

28 December 2019

Preston North End vs Reading
Sunday 29th December, 3pm kick-off
Deepdale
Sky Bet Championship

At this time of year, there's no time for any side to rest on their laurels. And after a good week for the Royals, they will hope to round off 2019 with three more points on the board.

Mark Bowen's men go into Sunday's clash against Preston with three clean sheets in a row to their name, and consecutive victories that have lifted the Royals to 15th in the table with 21 points scored in Bowen's 12 matches so far as manager.

Alex Neil's Preston side, meanwhile, curretly sit in the Play-Off places after earning a draw against high-flying Leeds United on Boxing Day.

They will hope to make amends for the reverse fixture at Madejski Stadium back in October, when Matt Miazga's last-ditch strike earned Bowen's side all three points on the day.

Like Reading, Preston have been on a four-match unbeaten run in the League, after Neil's side have arrested a recent decline in which they lost four consecutive matches earlier in the month.

It's going to be another exciting Championship match on Sunday, and we will see plenty of you there at Deepdale to back the boys this weekend.

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Pre-match chat

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Tickets

Advance tickets for this fixture are off sale, but tickets will be available from the Away Ticket Office in the Bill Shankly Kop from 1pm on Sunday, at no increase on advance prices:

  • Adults: £24
  • 65 & Over: £16
  • 19-24: £15
  • 11-18: £8
  • 10 & Under: £2

Match officials

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Australian official Jarred Gillett continues his first season in England by taking charge of Sunday's game, in his second match officiating Reading this season, after overseeing a 2-0 defeat by Charlton back in August.

Gillett oversaw a dramatic 1-1 draw between Wigan and Derby on Boxing Day, and has averaged more than 3.5 yellow cards per match so far this season.

The referee will be assisted on the day by Shaun Hudson and Mark Russell, with Benjamin Speedie between the benches as fourth official.

Travel

Supporters' Trust At Reading (STAR) offer travel to every Reading away game, details of which can be found on the STAR website here.

If you are travelling by car to Preston this weekend, see travel directions from Madejski Stadium below.

Weather

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Reminder

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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