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Ahead of the game | In-form Bees beckon for Royals this weekend

Your match preview as Reading head to Griffin Park for the final time

22 November 2019

Two in-form Sky Bet Championship sides will face off at the weekend, with the Royals backed by a sold-out away support in their last visit to Griffin Park...


Boss wants to take the game to Brentford

22 November 2019

Brentford vs Reading
Saturday 23rd November, 3pm kick-off
Griffin Park
Sky Bet Championship

Reading return after the international break looking to build on their current points run, earning 10 from a possible 12 under Mark Bowen.

Saturday's opponents Brentford, meanwhile, are on a winning streak themselves - winning four of their last five matches, kicking their season into life after winning just three of their opening 12 matches in all competitions.

The Bees have been prolific in front of goal in that time, too. All in four of their recent wins, they have come by scoring three times in each game. 

The Royals are boosted by the return of Lucas Boyé, who Bowen confirmed is available for selection for the weekend. Lucas João remains sidelined for now, though, and Jordan Obita will be unavailable for the weekend.

A sold-out away following will be backing the Royals at Griffin Park, for what is likely to be Reading's final visit before the hosts move to their new stadium next season. 

Griffin Park holds a special place in the hearts of Reading fans, with it being the scene of one of Reading's most important results in modern memory, as Jamie Cureton's goal sent the Royals up to the second tier in 2002 - and the Royals will look to sign off their history at the home of the Bees with a victory this weekend.

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Pre-match chat




Please note that tickets for Reading fans at this match are sold out. We recommend that you do not travel to Brentford without a ticket.

Match officials


David Coote will be the man in the middle this weekend, with the Nottinghamshire official dividing his time between Premier League and Championship fixtures so far this season.

Mr Coote has already overseen Brentford this season - a 2-0 defeat for the Bees against Preston North End at Deepdale back in September.

His last time officiating the Royals came in December 2018, when Marc McNulty and Mo Barrow struck to earn a 2-2 home draw against Stoke City.

Mr Coote has averaged four yellow cards per match in his games so far this season, brandishing the red card once - sending off Brighton's Aaron Mooy against Aston Villa back in October.

He will be assisted on the day by Peter Kirkup and Nick Hopton, with David Rock overseeing the benches as fourth official.


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 West London on Tuesday, please see directions to the game below.



Layers will be required at Brentford - and waterproof ones at that. 


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