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Wigan Need Win And Royals Need Point As Sides Meet

28 April 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Wigan Athletic visit the Madejski Stadium this Saturday afternoon in a game with huge significance for both sides. A point for the Royals will guarantee a play-off finish at the end of the season. Meanwhile, only a win is good enough for Wigan who need a maximum six points from their two remaining games to have any chance of staying up.

The Latics look set for League 1 football next season unless they can pull off a great escape which will also need Birmingham and Blackburn to lose their remaining games. The Royals could also be set for the play-offs regardless of results in our last two games with a six point cushion between us and seventh placed Leeds United. Whatever the result on Saturday there is a reasonable chance both sides will have their fate confirmed giving a contrast of emotions in the ground.

Reading will be looking to follow up their 3-0 away victory at Wigan in November. The margin of that win is massive compared to the majority of our victories this season and we will be hoping that home advantage will increase our chances of picking up the full six points from Wigan this season. Reading were 2-0 up at Wigan after just five minutes thanks to two goals from Gareth McCleary. McCleary should be back in the starting line-up this weekend to give him a chance at finding the net again.

Yann Kermorgant sealed that win at Wigan with a second half penalty to make it 3-0. Kermorgant enters this games on an amazing run of form having scored 7 goals in the last 7 games. What is even more impressive is he hasn't started all of those fixtures. Kermorgant has discovered his best form of the season at exactly the right time - and we will all be hoping the entire team follows suit with two going before entering the decisive play-off fixtures.

The injury list for Reading looks familiar with Tiago Illori, Paul McShane and Joey van den Berg all likely to miss out. Otherwise Jaap Stam has plenty of players available for selection, and it will be interesting to see if he mixes things up ahead of the play-offs or goes full strength to secure a best possible Championship finish for the Royals.

 

Discussion On This Story:

 Sutekh

» 27 Apr 2017 09:34

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One point. That’s all that is needed. Just one more point to be able to extend this rather odd season by at least another two games.

Struggling Wigan are the next visitors for the last regulation home game of the season and they can’t afford to sit back and defend as Wigan need to win both their remaining games to have a remotest chance of staying up and even then it’d take a lot of other results to go their way.

They do have some pretty useful players about them though in the likes of Nick Powell, Gabriel Obertan, one time rumoured Reading target Omar Bogle and the wonderfully named Max Power.

Reading will be without Berg and McShane so another permutation of those that have been selected in recent weeks will be applied again while Wigan will be without Will Grigg with a knee injury.

Referee

Tim Robinson from West Sussex will be officiating

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Previously

01 Oct 16 > Reading 1-1 Derby County
02 Feb 16 > Ipswich Town 2-1 Reading
21 Sep 13 > Derby County 1-3 Reading

So no clean sheets for either teams in those games then….

Historically

This will be the 21st league game in Reading between the two teams. Reading have won 11 of the previous 20 games and gained a couple of 1-1 draws. However Wigan have won on each of their last 3 visits to the Madejski Stadium and as we’ve seen with opposition on similar runs, e.g. QPR, Reading seem to be just as eager as the opposition to leave things just as they are.

 genome

» 28 Apr 2017 09:37

South Stand open for Reading fans tomorrow.

Shots fired by the OS as well:

We want to see the stadium packed on Saturday… and no excuses! At every home matchday, seats are left empty by Season Ticket holders who don’t show up. Cancel your other plans – come and get behind the boys for one last push!

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 Hound

» 28 Apr 2017 10:09

I think thats fair enough. Be genuinely annoyed if less than 20k show up tomorrow

 tidus_mi2

» 28 Apr 2017 10:17


We've only missed one home match this season thankfully and that happened to be the QPR game.

 Sutekh

» 28 Apr 2017 12:42

I imagine Wigan will bring about 200 so the South Stand will only have about 2500 or so if Reading sell out that stand - which they probably won't.

East Stand should be pretty full but the other two stands is anyone's guess as it's been pretty pathetic showing there most of the season.

However with with it being the last game of the league season and the fact we should really seal a play off place I would hope that those two stands will be full at least which should take us over the 20k mark :o :? 8)

 BR2

» 28 Apr 2017 12:59


No point getting annoyed.
It's not as if big crowd support is needed to roar our boys across the line-it has been more a case of sleeping through these recent games as we wait for the ones that really matter post-season..
I expect with it being a holiday weekend and unattractive opposition the crowd to be around 15,500.

 Hound

» 28 Apr 2017 14:45

I know there's no point getting annoyed, but I still will :) . More annoyed on behalf of the owners than taking personal offence to it.

Last game of the regular season, warmer weather, plenty of cheap ticket deals, chance to nail a spot in the play offs. Really it should be a sell out

 genome

» 28 Apr 2017 15:12

Rotherham attendance was decent, skewed by the low away end turnout. With a packed away end it would've been 21k

 Nameless

» 28 Apr 2017 15:32

Bank holiday should boost the crowd, it's not like people go abroad for the weekend. People can go to the game and still have 2 days to sit around and watch television.
Having said that I can see it being well under 20k which will be a shame.
The one concern I have over the summer is that Stam will decide that Reading fans don't care and he'd rather wrk somewhere with a bit of passion and accepts the West Ham job....

 CountryRoyal

» 28 Apr 2017 18:05



Couldn't fault him either which is a shame. I know if I had no affiliation to the club it wouldn't be high on my list of places I'd like to work.

 percy_freeman

» 28 Apr 2017 21:03

Would like to think he'd at least try to finish what he has started here at Reading but it certainly won't be the fans that swing his decision but the uncertainty over the ownership which would obviously tie his hands financially. Whilst I have nothing but praise for Jap, you would of though the one area of our team which would of benefited most would of been our defence. 7-1 at Norwich and 3-0 down at Forrest don't exactly support this. we have out done most of our expectations this season, I for one thought mid table, but there's a long way to go.

 genome

» 28 Apr 2017 21:06



Couldn't fault him either which is a shame. I know if I had no affiliation to the club it wouldn't be high on my list of places I'd like to work.

He has said before that fans' opinion doesn't faze him. So I suspect that it wouldn't be a reason for him to leave the club.


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