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🔜 Ahead of the game | Royals head to The Den

Looking ahead to a return to league action this weekend

18 January 2020

Following FA Cup success in midweek, Reading return to Sky Bet Championship football on Saturday - with one of the shorter trips in the calendar.

The Royals will head to The Den this weekend and Mark Bowen's men are in good form, having stretched their unbeaten run to seven league games with draw at home to Nottingham Forest last weekend. Standing in the way of making it eight unbeaten is a difficult trip to Millwall, who currently sit 8th in the table - and are five games unbeaten in all competitions themselves this month.  

The reverse clash between the sides was Mark Bowen's third fixture in charge, and brilliant strikes from Jordan Obita and Sam Baldock separated the sides back in November. Since then, Gary Rowett's men have shot up the table - losing just once in their last 13 games!

In an attempt to tame the Lions, the blue and white hoops will have to continue their resilient defending and clinical form in front of goal...something Royals boss Mark Bowen knows all too well...

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One of the shorter trips of the season, but continue to leave in plenty of time to battle the expected London traffic.

Match Officials


The man with the whistle this weekend is Keith Stroud, with the support of James Wilson, Jonathan Hunt and fourth official Gary Parsons. Any keen eye will remember Keith as the referee for the Swansea vs Reading game, which ended 1-1 back in September. He branded three yellow cards in that game, to Liam Moore, Andy Rinomhota and Lucas Boyé.

His latest Championship game was the thriller at St Andrew's between Birmingham City and Leeds United - which finished 5-4 to Leeds. A total of eight cards were brandished in that nine-goal thriller.


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