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The lowdown on the Royals' final two friendlies in Spain

19 July 2019

On the final full day of the Royals' pre-season tour in Spain, two more tests await as Reading ramp up their pre-season preparations.

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Following on from a friendly double-header earlier in the week, the players will face the same challenge again on Saturday with two more lots of 90 minutes to play through before heading home on Sunday.

Lincoln City

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First up for José Gomes' side will be a test against last season's League Two champions, Lincoln City.

Danny Cowley's men have been promoted twice in three seasons, with the Imps gearing up for life in League One this time around.

Since taking over at Sincil Bank in 2016, Cowley, alongside assistant manager and brother Nicky, have won more than 50% of their matches in charge - the highest overall win ratio of any management in Lincoln's history.

While still in the National League, the Imps rose to national prominence for their remarkable 2016-17 FA Cup run, that saw them march all the way to the Quarter-Final stage.

Starting off in the final round of qualifying that season, Lincoln saw their way past Altrnicham, Oldham Athletic, Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley to set up a tie at the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the last eight.

Despite exiting against the Gunners, Lincoln then went on to be promoted as champions from the National League, as well as the Final of the FA Trophy - where they lost out 3-2 to already-relegated York City.

A fantastic first season back in the Football League saw Cowley's side reach the Play-Off Semi-Finals, where they eventually lost out to Exeter City over two legs - before reaching the league's summit to be promoted as champions in 2018-19.

With a new season in the third tier now awaiting the Imps, they will provide another stern test for a Reading side at Marbella Football Center, with kick-off now pushed back slightly to 10am BST on Saturday 20th July.

Granada CF

Freshly promoted back to La Liga, Granada CF will be Reading's final opponents on their two-week Spanish training camp.

With a separate line-up set to take to the field once again for the Royals, another 90 minutes will help set the team up for their final friendlies back in England before the season gets underway.

Having been relegated from Spain's top flight in 2017, Granada have spent two seasons rebuilding - and were duly rewarded with promotion back to La Liga as runners up in the Segunda Division last season.

Their relegation season saw four different managers take charge at the Nuevo Los Cármenes, the most memorable for English supporters being former Arsenal captain, Tony Adams taking the helm towards the end of the campaign.

Diego Martínez is the man in charge of Granada now, however, and an even sweeter proposition for Granada is that upon their promotion, they left their arch-rivals in Andalusia, Malaga behind in the second tier.

The Royals will round off their Spanish trip against another very strong team, with Granada setting themselves up for life in La Liga once again.

While the result is secondary, Gomes' squad will want to return to England on a high- with two friendlies to play back on home turf before the season's curtain-raiser at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 3rd August.

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