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Ahead of the game | On the road to Stoke

A preview of a second lengthy away day for the Royals this week

13 December 2019

After a hard-fought draw on Wednesday night, Reading will dust themselves down and go again on Saturday afternoon...

Stoke City vs Reading
Saturday 14th December, 3pm kick-off
bet365 Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

Following their 1-1 draw with Barnsley in midweek, the Royals have stayed at a training base in the Midlands to keep up their training schedule, before heading to take on Stoke City at the weekend.

The Potters parted company with Nathan Jones after a difficult start to the season that saw them rooted to the bottom of the Championship table - winning just once in their opening 13 matches in all competitions.

Signs of improvement are showing in Staffordshire in Michael O'Neill's tenure so far at the bet365 Stadium, though, and the Potters earned a comprehensive 3-0 win over Luton Town on Tuesday night thanks to a brace from Wales international, Joe Allen and a supplementary strike from James McClean.

O'Neill's men could haul themselves out of the bottom three with a win against the Royals on Saturday, and would bring themselves within two points of Reading with three points.

Mark Bowen will be heading back to familiar surroundings with the hope of bringing the points back to Berkshire, after he spent four-and-a-half years as assistant manager at The Potteries.

Charlie Adam will also head back to Stoke for the first time after leaving in the summer, having taken in a seven-year spell in red and white stripes. He'll be hoping to keep his place in the line-up after his first league start of the season on Wednesday night.

It's going to be another vital match in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon, with Reading hoping to get three more points on the board as the half-way point of the season approaches.

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Tickets for this fixture are on sale until midday on Friday 13th December, with prices as follows:

  • Adults: £25
  • 65 & Over: £19
  • 11-17: £15
  • 10 & Under: £12

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no sales on the day for this fixture, so the cut-off time for ticket sales will be midday on Friday 13th December. Any ticket collections will be available from Turnstile 55 at the bet365 Stadium, which opens at 1.30pm on matchday.

Match officials


Experienced Premier League official, Lee Mason will be on the whistle on Saturday afternoon - in his first time officiating either team this season.

Mr Mason has taken charge of 11 matches so far this season, predominantly in the Premier League. His last outing came a fortnight ago, as Tottenham overcame Bournemouth with a 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Mark Scholes and Mark Dwyer will be manning the touchlines in Staffordshire on Saturday, with Steven Copeland as fourth official on the day.


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 Stoke this weekend, see travel directions from Madejski Stadium below.



Can the Royals do it on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon in Stoke? It looks like we're going to find out.


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