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Reading Travel To Winless Brentford
15 September 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading travel the short distance to Brentford this weekend hoping to improve on recent results. Both Reading and Brentford have suffered slow starts to the season, with Brentford still without a league win after seven games. The Bees are favourites with That's a Goal's accumulator tips to be relegated and are one off the bottom of the table with their only points of the campaign coming from three draws. Brentford fans will see this as a great opportunity for their first full three points, playing against a 17th placed Reading side who have only picked up two wins themselves in the league.
Despite securing up some impressive signings before the transfer window closed, the Royals were unable to find the net last Saturday and slumped to a 0-1 home defeat against Bristol City. It was a frustrating afternoon for Reading who did most things right but failed to convert their chances. The game saw new signings Aluko and Edwards both involved, and they will both be hoping to build on their debuts. Aluko played the full 90 minutes, but Dave Edwards came off the bench to replace Liam Kelly and will be hoping to claim a starting place.
Bodvarsson, back from injury, started the fixture but was guilty of wasting our best chances. Manager Jaap Stam may well vary things up front for the trip to Brentford but will still be missing Kermorgant who finished last season so strongly and is seriously missed this term. Reading will almost certainly need more than one goal if they are to collect three points from this fixutre - which is a huge ask. Our last clean sheet at Griffin Park was 23 games ago.
Last season we were on the wrong end of a 1-4 scoreline, with Kermorgant scoring our only goal from the penalty spot. However, the season before that, back in the summer of 2015 we were 3-1 winners with two goals from Blackman and one from Sa. A similar result feels hard to imagine right now even against a Brentford side that is well off the form they were expecting this season. The Bees should be desperate for the win, so it could be another frustrating afternoon for the travelling Reading fans.
Recent Meetings With Brentford
|14 February 2017||Championship||Brentford (HOME)||W: 3-2||Read report...|
|27 September 2016||Championship||Brentford (Away)||L: 1-4||Read report...|
|28 December 2015||Championship||Brentford (HOME)||L: 1-2||Read report...|
|29 August 2015||Championship||Brentford (Away)||W: 3-1||Read report...|
|25 April 2015||Championship||Brentford (HOME)||L: 0-2||Read report...|
|04 October 2014||Championship||Brentford (Away)||L: 1-3||Read report...|
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