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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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» 13 Sep 2017 09:56


When : Saturday 16th September, 3pm
Where : Griffin Park, London, TW8 0NT
Capacity : 12,763
Away Stand : Brook Road Stand
What might I see in the area : Brentford Nylons


Well after the luckless affair last Saturday Reading get a chance to redeem themselves at a venue where, when they're bad, they're usually very bad.

Brentford have had a surprisingly poor start to their season that has seen just 3 draws from 7 games but that won't make things any easier in yet another local derby that isn't really.

Brentford, it seems, have been playing rather better than their results suggest and Sheffield Wednesday were mighty relieved to snatch a win on Tuesday night after coming from behind - and by all accounts should really have been dead and buried long before their equaliser.

Injuries for Reading amount to the usual faces although Obita is a possibility at left back (most likely on the bench, if at all). Whether Kelly is injured after his substitution v Bristol is still currently unknown to us mere punters but I expect it will be a case of perm anyone from the same squad available on Saturday.

Brentford have major doubts over Sergei Canos and Henrik Dalsgaard as well as still coming to terms with the loss of Jota, Maxime Collin and Harlee Dean to Birmingham on deadline day.


The next official up to demonstrate the fine art of refereeing is Cleveland's Tony Harrington



21 Feb 2017 > Huddersfield Town 1-0 Reading
10 Dec 2016 > Reading 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
06 Feb 2016 > Reading 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
26 Sep 2015 > Burnley 1-2 Reading
01 Oct 2014 > Leeds United 0-0 Reading


Reading have won roughly a quarter of the league games played at Brentford (10 out of 41) while losing on 19 occasions. Brentford have won 5 of the last 7 league games played between the sides (W5, D1, L1). Looks like Reading will have to score at least once to get anything from the game as Reading have failed to keep a clean sheet at Griffin Park since the days of Steve Death and 17 Sep 1973 came along. That's a total of almost exactly 44 years and 20 games :lol: (but then Reading have only ever kept 2 clean sheets in the league at Griffin Park so perhaps that isn't really a surprise).

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» 13 Sep 2017 10:01

don't have a good feeling about this one

Brentford seem to have dominated every game they've played. Think they lost a game at Ipswich 2-0 when they had something like 30 shots on goal to Ipswich's 4

They are either terrible up front, or something is about to click for them.

 Caskeys Lovechild

» 13 Sep 2017 10:31

Suspect this is a mauling waiting to happen....
Yay! :shock:


» 13 Sep 2017 11:13

Saw the highlights of their game at Villa park, desperately unlucky not to win, last night too looks like they were unfortunate. think we will need our A game to get anything there.


» 13 Sep 2017 11:29

i'm guessing they are similar to last season but without the cutting edge of Vibe/Jota

Always likely to concede silly goals is the one thing I'm hoping for

 Silver Fox

» 13 Sep 2017 11:42

If they're dominating but failing to strike the killer blow surely we'll cancel each other out?


» 15 Sep 2017 11:00

genuinely intrigued as to what side he'll pick with Obita and Swift back fit. Also Edwards been with us a couple of weeks now

First real time Stam will be having to leave fit capable players out of the squad altogether. Be interesting.

Can't decide whether I think this will be another away day thrashing against a side surely in a false position, or whether we are due our usual bounce-back-from-cr@p-defeat-victory


» 15 Sep 2017 11:15

Brentford have won 5 of the last 7 league games played between the sides (W5, D1, L1).

Didn`t we win 3-1 at Griffin park a couple of years ago. and 3-2 at home last season?


» 15 Sep 2017 11:20

We got tonked there 4-1 September 2016. You're correct about the 3-1 home score line last season though.


» 15 Sep 2017 11:26

was 3-2 at home last season (most entertaining match of the season imo), and 4-1 away

think you're right about the 3-1 the season before under Clarke. Blackman scored a couple I think

 Za Vas

» 15 Sep 2017 11:36

Yep - I drunkenly declared to many friends that we would win the league after that performance. Many lolz were had at my expense.


» 15 Sep 2017 11:43

What a day that was.

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