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🔜 Ahead of the game | Royals face the Robins at Ashton Gate

Trip to Bristol next on the agenda for the Royals

16 February 2021

Following successive home defeats, the Royals will be hoping to get back to winning ways on the road as they travel down the M4 to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City this evening.

With this now our third game in six days, tonight's meeting with the Robins is an instant opportunity to put the disappointment of Saturday's loss to Millwall behind us, against a side who themselves come into the game on the back of defeat, with Watford putting six past Dean Holden's men on Saturday.

The Royals will be hoping for a repeat performance of the last time the side's met, during which Veljko Paunović’s side coasted to a 3-1 win at the Madejski. Three points at Ashton Gate would see us strengthen our grip on our top six spot, with the prize a chance to go 11 points clear of seventh.

How to watch

Our midweek encounter with the Robins is available for supporters to watch via iFollow.

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Royals supporters can grab their Match Pass to watch proceedings unfold, by clicking here ahead of our 7.45pm kick-off.

The game is also available for Sky Sports subscribers to watch via the red button.

Please note that as things stand, there will be no audio commentary available on the iFollow video stream for this fixture. BBC Radio Berkshire commentary will be available as audio-only.

The opposition

Since manager Dean Holden's arrival at Ashton Gate, the Robins have remained in the hunt for a play-off spot, despite a dip in form of late. City have won just once in their last five outings, and sit 10th in the table with 17 games to go. 


Last time out, tonight's hosts fell to a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of promotion hopefuls Watford on an afternoon to forget for the Robins at Vicarage Road. The South West outfit sit 13th going into their visit from Reading.

During the January transfer window, City attempted to boost their hopes of sneaking into the top six by signing Henri Lansbury on a short-term contract following the mutual termination of his time at Aston Villa, and by recalling midfielder Kasey Palmer from promotion hopefuls and division rivals, Swansea City.

One to watch: Famara Diédhiou

Senegalese international striker Diédhiou could claim his 50th Robins goal in 150 appearances against the Royals on Tuesday night. The ASM Belfort youth product has again been ever-present for the Robins, in what is his fourth season in Bristol, and currently has eight goals to date in all competitions.

Prior to signing for the Robins in June 2017, Diédhiou had played exclusively in France, and rose through the leagues, from the Championnat National 2 to Ligue 1, before eventually being snapped up by City.


While in France, Diédhiou performances for Clermont and Angers in particular caught the eye as he registered an impressive goalscoring return while at both clubs. 

The 28-year-old forward has represented his country on 10 occasions, and has already netted five international goals. Diédhiou was recently at the double as he helped his side to a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town. 

Pre-match chat

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The Royals have had plenty of joy against the Robins in years gone by, and have won nine of the last 15 meetings between the two sides, including the reverse fixture against Dean Holden's side back in November. 

Reading last took home three points from Ashton Gate in January 2017, as a Liam Kelly strike and two late goals from Yann Kermorgant completed a complete turnaround in Bristol to seal a 3-2 win for the Royals. 

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The last time the two sides met, Ovie Ejaria, Yakou Méïté and Lucas João got themselves on the scoresheet to secure a 3-1 victory at Madejski Stadium. The Royals have won 40 and drawn 20 of a total 99 meetings between the clubs.

Ref watch

Oliver Langford will be the man in the middle on Tuesday evening, for what will be his second Reading game of the season.

Langford took charge of a Royals match back in December 2020, during which Lucas Joao scored against his former club to secure a point in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsbrough. 


Robert Merchant and Adam Crysell will assist Langford at the weekend, while Daniel Middleton will be the fourth official on this occasion.

During Langford's 21 league games to date, he has issued 80 yellow cards and four additional red cards.


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