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Reading Look To Continue Home Form Against Blackburn

04 April 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

With just seven games of the season remaining, Reading could realisically wrap up a play-off position finish if they can win all three of their remaining home fixtures. As it turns out the fixture computer has been kind to the Royals as they finish their home games with fixtures all against the bottom three. With Reading's impressive home form this season (only Brighton's is better), on paper these three home fixtures give Reading a perfect chance to pick up maximum points.

Reading start off with Blackburn Rovers tonight who are third from bottom of the Championship, before Rotherham (bottom) and Wigan Athletic (23rd) visit the Madejski Stadium. Rotherham, stranded at the foot of the table after eight straight defeats, are already relegated but Blackburn and Wigan will come to Reading desperate for points as they attempt to avoid the drop. It's often said that anyone can beat anyone else in the Championship and our visitor's need for points could be a big factor in producing some unexpected results. If Reading can keep their composure and grind out the results, then it is likely we can finish in the top six with minimum points away from the Madejski.

Tonight's visitors Blackburn's postition is misleading based on their recent form, after a weekend loss followed a run of 7 games without defeat. That impressive run, for a team anywhere in the table, was only ended by a single goal defeat on the road at Brighton - a team who are surely now set for automatic promotion to the Premier League. Blackburn find themselves just a single point away from moving out of the bottom three. A win for them at Reading would be a massive boost in their route to survival. Rovers have already picked up two 2-2 draws at Fulham and Norwich in March and Reading fans might fear they could repeat that or go one better tonight.

It should be difficult for Blackburn. Reading really are in fine form at home with 5 wins and 2 draws from the last 7. Our latest home win saw us move back to 4th with an impressive win over Leeds on Saturday, the Royals would move up to 3rd if they can dispatch Blackburn. Third placed Huddersfield face a tricky game against Norwich, who still have an outside chance of making the play-offs themselves, on Wednesday night. However, Reading supporters will be keeping a closer eye on the results of Fulham's trip to Derby and Sheffield Wednesday's trip to Rotherham tonight. If those teams drop points it will make it even easier for Reading to remain in the top six.

Joey van den Berg and centre-back Paul McShane both missed out against Leeds but may be considered this evening. Stam may be tempted to keep with his successful defensive line up from Saturday and give those two longer to recover. The win over Leeds, and a clean sheet, saw good performances all round helped out by Liam Kelly in the centre. Danny Williams limped off at the end on Saturday but is hoping to be fit enough to play tonight. It was Danny Williams that scored the only goal of the game the last time Blackburn came to town. Recent history had been very much in Blackburn's favour until that Reading win back in December 2015. Since then we went down 1-3 at Blackburn last season but won 3-2 at Ewood Park earlier this campaign with George Evans scoring a last minute winner to earn Reading the full three points.

Recent Meetings With BLACKBURN

17 December 2016 Championship Blackburn (Away) W: 3-2 Read report...
07 May 2016 Championship Blackburn (Away) L: 1-3 Read report...
20 December 2015 Championship Blackburn (HOME) W: 1-0 Read report...
11 April 2015 Championship Blackburn (HOME) D: 0-0 Read report...
01 November 2014 Championship Blackburn (Away) L: 1-3 Read report...
22 February 2014 Championship Blackburn (HOME) L: 0-1 Read report...
23 November 2013 Championship Blackburn (Away) D: 0-0 Read report...


Discussion On This Story:


» 02 Apr 2017 16:32


Next into town is Blackburn Rovers. A team battling for points at the wrong end of the table and one that seems almost impossible for anyone to beat since Tony Mowbray took control a month two ago.

Not that the problem facing Reading will be much different from that Leeds posed. Another awkward northern side who are capable of presenting very dodgy moments and whom Reading will need to match toe to toe all the way through.

Logically expecting the typical well organised and proverbial bus to be parked firmly in front of their goal with emphasis on pacey breakaways - most probably from Reading's corners - being the order of the day from Hope and Danny's team. Note also that Rovers have only failed to score in one game in 2017 and that was on Saturday when they went down to a late goal on the south coast. On top of that, Saturday was their first defeat since Mowbray took over (a previous record of W2 D5 from 7 games)

Blackburn look to be without Corry Evans, Danny Graham and Adam Henley though injury while Reading will have a fitness test on Danny Williams. Joey van den Berg may be fit after being rested following a hamstring worry and Paul McShane really can't be too far away either. Jordan Obita should also make it after cramp in his calf caused hime to be substituted v Leeds


Nottinghamshire's James Adcock is has been assigned this one. Oddly it's his first game in charge since January when he refereed Reading's game with Cardiff


28 Jan 2017 > Reading 2-1 Cardiff City
13 Feb 2016 > Reading 0-0 Burnley
28 Sep 2014 > Reading 3-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
22 Apr 2014 > Reading 2-0 Middlesbrough
28 Sep 2013 > Reading 2-0 Birmingham City


Eight previous league games in Reading against Blackburn and from that a whopping 2 wins! Although poor that does at least match the number of wins Blackburn have had in Reading so looks like a draw would not be a surprise to anyone at all (and of the 4 draws so far 3 of them have been devoid of any goals whatsoever).


» 02 Apr 2017 17:37

We should really win this game buy it doesn't always work out like that. A draw wouldn't be the end of the world either.

Hopefully Williams will be fit for the game

 Gunny Fishcake

» 04 Apr 2017 10:00

After Leeds performance this has got banana skin all over it


» 04 Apr 2017 10:54

tough one this. They have been playing well without picking up many wins.

I hope we are as focussed as we were on Saturday, in which case we should have enough to win the game. Two long trips from the depressing cold wet dismal grim miserable north for them in 4 days as well, which won't help their cause.

Our 3 rivals all have tough away games tonight - Sheff Weds because of the local rivalry. I'd be very surprised if they all win. A win tonight would be massive for us.

Going for a 2-0 win, goals from big Yann and McCleary


» 04 Apr 2017 10:58

Going to go with a nervy 2-1 win with the usual 10 mins of defending for our lives, something we have become accustomed to this season not good for my heart!

Need to win tonight and continue pushing on, anything less would make the Leeds victory almost meaningless.

Can see this Blackburn side being very stubborn tonight.

 Top Flight

» 04 Apr 2017 11:59

I think Blackburn will sit deep tonight. It may be another game for Swift and Kelly. We will need that killer ball to open them up this evening. We won't get the one on one's that McLeary and Beerens had on Saturday. We will have to penetrate deeper this time.


» 04 Apr 2017 12:05

Will be a tricky match but I'm going for 2-1 to the royals, Kermie and Williams.

 Ian Royal

» 04 Apr 2017 12:19

1-2 Beerens


» 04 Apr 2017 12:54

IF we play like we did against Leeds we should get the win. Think confidence is growing and there is no reason we shouldn't be up for this. Hopefully their loss at Brighton has knocked the stuffing out of them somewhat.

Gonna stick with my original prediction and go for another 3 points.



» 04 Apr 2017 13:39

Recent draws away to Norwich, Fulham and a narrow loss to Brighton. No easy games in this league, it'll certainly be tougher than we expect.

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» 04 Apr 2017 13:42

Is it as I got undeliverable?


» 04 Apr 2017 14:17

think anyone who has been watching them recently know it will be tough game. Inc Stam and co

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