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🔜 Ahead of the game | High-flying Canaries land in Berkshire

A preview of Wednesday’s meeting with Norwich

15 December 2020

That feel-good factor returned with the perfect away performance against Queens Park Rangers… we’re keen to go on another run. But table-toppers Norwich City are the ones who stand in our way on Wednesday.

There are few tougher challenges in this division that a Canaries side who have kept a majority of last season’s Premier League squad intact in a bid to make an instant return.

The three-point gap between Norwich on top and second placed is as wide a margin as there is in the division after 18 games – we’ll be looking to rein them in at Madejski Stadium.

Watch it live

Our fixture is live on Sky Sports Football in the UK and on the EFL’s broadcast partners’ stations around the world – so tune in and watch!

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Consequently there will be no iFollow live stream for this game – although iFollow audio commentary is available.

If you’re not a Sky subscriber, you can get a Day Pass on NOW TV for 24 hours’ worth of access to all 11 Sky Sports channels, which covers our fixture against the Canaries.

Ticket information

Tickets for this fixture are now sold out - please do not travel to the game unless you have a physical ticket, whether that is a paper ticket which you received by mail or a print-at-home ticket.

If you selected the print-at-home option, make sure you follow the instructions to use it in the scanner - see the video below for a quick guide on what you need to do.

Your safety

Upon the return to Madejski Stadium, your safety is absolutely top of the list. We want three points, we want a good performance, but more than any of that we want to ensure that our fans are safe and secure when they return to RG2.

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Click here to find out more about measures that have been put in place and how you can play a role in keeping your fellow supporters safe, too. And keep your eyes on @ReadingFC on Twitter for more safety information as we build up to the match.

The opposition

Propping up the Premier League at the end of 2019-20, now Norwich City lead the way in the bid to get back there. A side that have regularly fluctuated between the top two divisions are among the early favourites to get promoted this year.

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Daniel Farke’s side have been ruthlessly efficient in converting wins; out of 11 victories so far in the league, ten have been by just a single goal.

More surprising has been defeats to Derby and Luton, but the Canaries have won each of their last fixture by 2-1 scorelines to lead the way in the Championship. Most recently, it was a Teemu Pukki brace which sealed a win in Blackburn.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

Geoff Eltringham referees our game; it will be the first one of ours this season. We had mixed fortunes when he took control of our games last year – the 2-1 New Year’s Day win at Fulham and the 3-0 home defeat to Wigan.

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He has been in charge of two Norwich games this season; their away win in Huddersfield, and a 3-2 win at Stoke in which Emiliano Buendia was sent off.

Assisting him are linesmen Graham Kane and Mark Russell, as well as fourth official Darren Bond.

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.


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