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🔜 Ahead of the game | A Berks-Bucks battle

Previewing our midweek meeting with Wycombe

19 October 2020

After our 500-mile round-trip from Reading to Middlesbrough on Saturday, now Wycombe make the short hop over to RG2 on Tuesday.

Just 20 miles divides the clubs, as the crow flies. Historically, there has been a chasm in the divisions too… that is until the Chairboys earned a place in the second tier for the first time in their history last summer.

But there’s a gulf opening up between the teams in the Sky Bet Championship in the early stages… the Royals are unbeaten, while Wycombe have been only-beaten. Despite some brave efforts, each of their five fixtures to date has ended in defeat.

As ever, there’s plenty of incentive for both teams to get the three points – so let’s hope that our positive record remains intact come the final whistle.

iFollow

Royals supporters based in the UK can get a Video Match Pass for £10, while overseas fans get a pass for the equivalent of £7 in your local currency.

There is also the option of getting audio commentary only, as well as packages available for international fans.

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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

Our opponents from across the border into Buckinghamshire arrive without a point to their name so far; not necessarily a fair reflection on the performances they have produced, however.

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Since beating our other neighbours Oxford in the play-off final in the summer, the closest they have come to beating any team was in their first outing - taking Brentford to penalties in the Carabao Cup. But they were beaten on spot-kicks and have lost each of their five Championship games in sequence since, with a 5-0 drubbing in Blackburn particularly noteworthy.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth has added a few names to the roster over the summer, but it was Scott Kashket - who joined Wycombe in their League Two days - who netted their first ever Championship goal on Saturday; ultimately it counted for little as Millwall overturned the deficit at Adams Park.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

Andy Davies is the man in the middle - he has been referee for five games so far this season, and has already brandished the red card on three occasions.

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He took charge of three of our fixtures last year - our 3-0 home win against Cardiff, our 1-1 draw in RG2 with Hull, and finally our 3-1 victory at St Andrew's when we beat Birmingham in our final outing before lockdown. The only time he took charge of a Chairboys game last season was when they lost 4-0 in Sunderland.

Michael George and George Byrne will assist the referee as linesmen, while James Linington is fourth official.

Reminder

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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