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A look at the Royals' openers in league and cup

29 June 2019

Now that the fixtures have been decided for the upcoming season, the Royals can plan for the campaign ahead.

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The Reading Way

27 June 2019

August is going to be a very busy month for José Gomes and his men, with six matches in just 21 days to get the season underway in flying fashion.

Here's a look at what to expect in the first three weeks of the season:

Sheffield Wednesday (H), Saturday 3rd August, 3pm

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Steve Bruce and his Owls are coming to RG2 for the season's curtain-raiser at the start of August, and they are certain to provide a stern test to open up the campaign.

Wednesday had an extremely strong second half of last season, and are aiming to build on that momentum heading into 2019-20.

Manager Bruce is an experienced head in Championship and Premier League football, having got his teams promoted to the top flight on four separate occasions.

Wednesday are in a process of rebuilding their squad, without any summer signings so far but having released 12 players at the end of their contracts.

There is still plenty of time for that to change, however, as the Owls gear up to face the Royals on the season's opening day.

Hull City (A), Saturday 10th August, 3pm, KCOM Stadium

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Reading's first away day of the season will also be the club's second-longest of the season, with a 460-mile round trip to tackle on a summer Saturday. The longest journey of the campaign, Middlesbrough, will take place on Saturday 14th September.

The Tigers also have a new boss at the helm, after former Reading manager, Nigel Adkins left the club at the end of the season.

Doncaster manager, Grant McCann has stepped up to the KCOM to take on the role on a one-year rolling contract, having led Rovers to the League One Play-Offs last term.

City also welcomed their first senior signing of the summer to the club on Tuesday, with goalkeeper Matt Ingram signing from QPR. It's been a summer of wholesale change on Humberside, with 12 players having left the club over the break.

Wycombe Wanderers (A), Tuesday 13th August, 7.45pm, Adams Park (Carabao Cup First Round)

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The First Round of the Carabao Cup has thrown up an enticing draw for the Royals, as they make the short hop to Adams Park to take on League One side, Wycombe Wanderers.

This will be the first time the Royals have played their Buckinghamshire neighbours since 2002, when goals from Jamie Cureton and Darius Henderson secured a 2-0 win at Adams Park in Division Two, on the way to promotion to the second tier.

Wanderers' home is also a regular destination for our Under-23 side in Premier League 2 matches, as well as being home to Reading FC Women's matches in the WSL.

Gareth Ainsworth's men secured a 17th placed finish in League One last season, while striving for a better showing this time around.

Plenty of travelling Royals seem set to make the trip on the night, with ticket details to be confirmed in due course.

Should Reading beat Wycombe on the night, the Second Round is likely to take place on Tuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th August.

Cardiff City (H), Saturday 17th August, 3pm

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Following just one season in the Premier League, Cardiff City return to the Championship after dropping out of the top flight.

With former Royals, Sean Morrison and Leandro Bacuna on their books, the Bluebirds will be travelling along the M4 to RG2 for Reading's second home game of the season.

And the rebuilding process has already begun for Neil Warnock, with the recent announcements that they will be signing midfielder, Will Vaulks from Rotherham, Newport County goalkeeper, Joe Day and Oxford's Curtis Nelson to bolster their ranks.

West Bromwich Albion (A), Wednesday 21st August, 8pm, The Hawthorns

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Having lost out in the Play-Off Semi-Finals last season, West Brom will be hoping the second time's the charm as they bid for a quick return to the Premier League.

There's been a change in the dugout, too, for the Baggies - as former Croatia and West Ham boss, Slaven Bilic takes the reins at The Hawthorns for the upcoming campaign.

Several experienced players have also been released by the West Midlands club over the summer, with Gareth Barry, Wes Hoolahan, Boaz Myhill, Tyrone Mears and James Morrison all finding clubs elsewhere.

The Baggies are aiming to build on last season's endeavours with the core of the squad that made it into the top six last time out, but Bilic is certain to put his own stamp on things at The Hawthorns before the season gets underway.

Huddersfield Town (A), Saturday 24th August, John Smith's Stadium

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We all know what happened the last time the Royals met Huddersfield Town, but the two sides will be renewing acquaintances after the Terriers dropped out of the Premier League last season.

Less than 72 hours after an away trip to West Brom, we will be journeying up to West Yorkshire for a Saturday afternoon clash in the Sky Bet Championship.

Jan Siewert has already been bus in the transfer market, after moving to bring centre-back and former Reading loanee, Tommy Elphick to the club on a free transfer from Aston Villa.

Town have also scoured the lower leagues for potential talent, bringing in Reece Brown and Josh Koroma from League Two sides, Forest Green Rovers and Leyton Orient respectively.


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