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🔜 Ahead of the game | Lions enter the Royals den

Gary Rowett's Millwall the latest team to try their luck at the Madejski

12 February 2021

Following Brentford on Wednesday, the Royals will look to bounce back as they prepare for their second home game in just four days as Millwall make the trip from South East London to Madejski Stadium unbeaten in five.

Saturday’s visit from the Lions offers Veljko Paunović’s side an almost instant opportunity to put Wednesday's loss against the Bees behind them and continue to strenghten their grip on a place in the top six. 

But Gary Rowett's men will be no pushovers and they come into the fixture in RG2 having suffered just one league defeat in seven.

How to watch

Saturday afternoon’s meeting with the Lions is available for supporters to watch via iFollow.

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Supporters can grab their match pass to watch proceedings unfold, by clicking here ahead of our 3pm kick-off.

The opposition

Following a shaky start to the season, Gary Rowett’s side have found their footing and are beginning to climb the table. The Lions are now unbeaten in five league games, winning two and drawing three of those.

This run without defeat has seen them threaten to break into the top-half, with the South East London side currently sitting 13th, ten points shy of the play-offs.

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Last time out, Saturday’s visitors recorded a heavy 4-1 victory over a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side, thanks to goals from Kenneth Zohore, Ben Thompson, Mahlon Romeo and Scott Malone.

During the January transfer window, Millwall have added to their squad with the permanent additions of midfielders Maikel Kieftenbeld and George Evans who arrived for undisclosed fees from Birmingham City and Derby County respectively.

One to watch: Jed Wallace

Former Portsmouth academy graduate Wallace arrived at The Den on a permanent basis in 2017 following two successful loan spells with the Lions, and has since made over 200 appearances for Saturday’s visitors.

The winger, who was actually born in Reading, has six league goals to his name this season and tops the charts for the Lions in that department.

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Wallace, who also had a two-year stint on the books of Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2015, has this season found the net to help his side to wins over Preston North End, Wycombe and Rotherham.

The 26-year-old is no stranger to the Royals, and converted a superb free-kick beyond Rafael during our last meeting in South East London, during which the spoils were shared. One to try to keep quiet for sure.

Pre-match chat

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Head-to-head

The Royals have a strong record against Saturday’s visitors, and have lost just five of their last 20 meetings with the Lions, dating back to 2004.

Reading last recorded victory over Millwall in November 2019, as two superb first-half strikes from Jordan Obita and Sam Baldock secured a 2-1 win for the Royals at Madejski Stadium.

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The last time the two sides met, it was honours even at The Den as Lucas Joao cancelled out a Jed Wallace free-kick to seal a point for the Royals.

Ref watch

Andy Woolmer will be the man in the middle spearheading proceedings on Saturday afternoon, for what will be his first Reading game of the season.

Woolmer last officiated a Royals match back in July 2020, during which we fell to a 2-1 home defeat against Middlesbrough, after Liam Moore’s opener was cancelled out by goals from Ashley Fletcher and Patrick Roberts.

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Michael George and Lee Venamore will assist Woolmer at the weekend, while Lloyd Wood will be the fourth official on this occasion.

During Woolmer’s 20 league games to date, he has issued 62 yellow cards and one additional red card.

Notes from STAR

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

Reminder

A polite reminder to our supporters that no unauthorised access will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to Madejski Stadium.

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


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