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🔜 Ahead of the game | Pressing on against Preston

Preview of the Lilywhites’ visit to RG2

4 November 2020

We haven’t had to pick ourselves back up after a defeat this season, until now. Disappointment in the Midlands on Friday, but that only strengthens our resolve going into our midweek meeting with Preston North End!

With two more games forthcoming before the next international break, both at Madejski Stadium, there are six more important points on offer.

But the first three at stake come against the Lilywhites when they drop by for the earlier-than-usual kick-off at 7pm this Wednesday.


Wednesday night’s game against Preston is available exclusively on iFollow – there is no Sky Sports coverage of this one, so you’ll need to make sure you’ve got your Match Pass to follow the action as it happens.

iFollow Match Passes are available for £10 in the UK and Ireland, or £7 for overseas supporters around the world.

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Make sure you also get hold of the new EFL iFollow app if you want to watch on your iOS or Android device.

Get your iFollow Match Pass (or view other games available) by clicking here.

The opposition

They say it's important in this division to make your home into a fortress... Preston are instead making a habit of picking up their points anywhere except Deepdale.


Indeed, they have lost all of their home games, and won their last three on the road. A pretty formidable record away from home.

We have beaten the Lilywhites on each of their last four visits to Madejski Stadium, but we've got work to do if we want to celebrate another three points on Wednesday evening.  

Pre-match chat



Ref watch

John Brooks is the arbiter for Wednesday's game; he oversaw a North End game earlier this season as Norwich twice came from behind to hold their visitors to a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.


Meanwhile he was last in charge of one of our games last year when Blackpool came to RG2 in the FA Cup - it was the Royals who battled back from trailing on two occasions to take the tie to a replay at Bloomfield Road.

The assistant referees are due to be Nick Greenhalgh and Akil Howson, and Mark Russell is going to be fourth official.

Notes from STAR

Supporters' Trust at Reading have put together their 'programme notes' ahead of the game, which you can access by clicking here.


A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays. All supporters have the opportunity to watch via iFollow.

We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.

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