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⚽ Ahead of the game | Friday night under the lights in Cardiff

All you need to know as three points go on the line between Royals and Bluebirds

30 January 2020

It'll be some Friday night action for the Royals next in the Sky Bet Championship, in the final match of the first month of 2020...

Cardiff City vs Reading
Friday 31st January 2020, 7.45pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City Stadium

It has been a marathon month for Mark Bowen's men, with their trip to Cardiff rounding off nine matches in all competitions in just 31 days. 

This is the second of three meetings in quick succession with the Bluebirds, too, with Emirates FA Cup encounters taking place either side of three points being on the line on Friday night.

If the match is as competitive as the teams' draw in the FA Cup last weekend, it is set fair to be a cracker under the lights on Friday - with the match rescheduled due to Six Nations rugby taking place in Cardiff on Saturday.

For the Royals, Tom McIntyre will be available for selection once again after serving his one-match suspension on Tuesday night, but Mark Bowen confirmed that Matt Miazga will be a longer-term absentee after sustaining an injury against the Bluebirds last weekend.

Reading last travelled to the Cardiff City Stadium on the final day of the 2017-18 season, in a rather bizarre 0-0 draw in May 2018.

The Bluebirds knew that a point would be enough to see them promoted to the Premier League automatically, while the Royals knew a point would be enough to ensure survival in the Championship.

As a result, the final 20 minutes of the match saw both teams sit off each other completely, with both goals achieved by a point apiece and handshakes all round at full time, amid a pitch invasion from the home support and happy scenes in the away end on Inflatables Day.

The circumstances are different this time around, however. Both teams still have plenty to play for in the league this season, and three points will do either side the world of good as they look to push up the table.

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Pre-match chat




Advance tickets for Friday night's match will be available until midday on Friday 31st January. Tickets will then be available from 6pm in the Away Ticket Office at Gate 12 at Cardiff City Stadium.

Ticket sales at this point will be cash only, and collections and duplicate requests will also be available from the Away Ticket Office.

There will be a slight price increase for tickets bought on the day in Cardiff, as follows:

  • Adult: £21
  • Senior Citizens: £16
  • 16-21: £11
  • 15 & Under: £9

For full ticket information, including prices and how you can buy online, head here.

You can also visit our Ticket Office during opening hours or ring 0118 968 1313.


A jaunt along the M4 makes for one of the simpler away days of the Sky Bet Championship season for Royals supporters, but allow plenty of time to travel with Friday rush-hour traffic.


UK subscribers to iFollow will be able to listen to Friday night's match, either with an Audio Match Pass for the cost of £2.50, or with an Audio Monthly Pass, where you can listen to every Reading match for £4.49 per month. If you are a Royals supporter based outside of the UK, you will be able to watch Wednesday's match live with an iFollow Match Pass, for just £5. Click here for all your options.

Please note, this match will not be available to watch live for UK subscribers on iFollow.


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