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A look at the key flashpoints in the 2019-20 season

20 June 2019

The fixtures are out, and clubs and supporters alike can now plan their whereabouts for the 2019-20 season, with lots to look forward to from August onwards.

With plenty of key dates to look out for over the course of the nine-month campaign, here's a rundown of the main milestones over the course of 2019-20.

The openers

On Saturday 3rd August, Sheffield Wednesday will be descending on Madejski Stadium to kick off the campaign, while our first away day will come a week later up at Hull City.

Our first Carabao Cup tie follows in midweek, before a three-game week that takes in Cardiff City (H), West Bromwich Albion (A) and Huddersfield Town (A), as we face two teams recently relegated from the Premier League in quick succession.

International intervals

There will be four free weekends during the season to allow for international breaks. While a new winter break is being introduced in the Premier League, the Championship will remain as it is for the upcoming season.

International breaks will intersect the season on the weekends of Saturday 7th September, Saturday 12th October, Saturday 16th November and Saturday 28th March.

The festive period

Always one of the most congested parts of the football calendar, there will be plenty of matches to take in over the Christmas period.

We'll be at home on Boxing Day, with Queens Park Rangers visiting RG2 as Christmas dinners begin to settle in our stomachs, before heading to Preston North End (A) three days later. 

New Year's Day will see the Royals make the short hop to Craven Cottage to take on newly-relegated Fulham, with the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup to follow on the weekend of Saturday 4th January.

Easter and the run-in

Easter weekend will see the Royals face Huddersfield Town at home on Good Friday, before a short trip to Greenwich to face Charlton Athletic on Easter Monday (13th April). 

The final away day of the season traditionally sees Royals fans overwhelm the stadium with inflatables. It was the longest journey of the season for 2018-19 as hardy Royals took over at Middlesbrough, and the journey won't be much shorter this time as Inflatables Day heads to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 25th April.

As was the case back in May, our last game of the season will be in front of the Reading faithful - with Swansea City visiting RG2 to round off the campaign.

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