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🔜 Ahead of the game | Back on the road to face Boro

A look ahead to this weekend's meeting with Middlesbrough

16 October 2020

The international weekend is a distant memory. It's back to domestic affairs and the next opportunity for three points, as we hit the road again.

And to begin the restart is a long old poke up to Middlesbrough - our furthest away-day of the season.

They have been a bit of a bogey team for the Royals in recent seasons... remarkably, winning every one of our last seven meetings. They have all been close affairs - we've only been ousted by a single goal on six of those occasions - but Boro have had our number.

Things are a bit different this season though; we've started strongly under Pauno and we'll be aiming to keep that perfect run bubbling along at the Riverside.

iFollow

Fans in the UK, Ireland and worldwide will be able to watch this fixture live by getting a Video Match Pass.

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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

No manager has lined up against Reading as often as Neil Warnock - Middlesbrough are the umpteenth club in which he has been in the opposing dugout.

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And it has been a mixed start to the season for Boro. After losing on the opening day to Watford, they earned draws with Bournemouth and QPR before registering a first league win of the campaign against Barnsley last time out, with Jonny Howson and Chuba Akpom on the scoresheet in a 2-1 triumph.

There has been a fair bit of change over the course of the summer for Boro - most recently the re-arrival of Patrick Roberts on loan from Man City, following his spell at the Riverside for the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

Darren Bond takes charge on Saturday - each of the last two Royals games he has overseen have been away from home... most recently our opening-day win in Derby, and before that our post-lockdown triumph at Charlton.

 

His most recent Boro game was last November; he dished out an early red card for George Saville as Tom Lawrence scored both in a 2-0 home win for Derby.

Mark Jones and Mark Dwyer are his assistants, and Richard Wild is the 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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