When : Saturday 8th December 2018, 5.30pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Sheffield United are next to descend on Reading for a top v bottom clash as their ascending star hits town to play Reading's rapidly plummeting meteor.
Expectation is that Sheffield will win fairly comfortably especially as it’s a home game on the telly and Reading just don’t really do very well in league games at home on the telly in recent years. However Reading’s overall form in play is very slowly on the turn into something better so if Reading get it right and Sheffield don’t there could be happy outcome for the beleaguered followers of the hoops.
Sheffield United had a good start but, fortunately, it would appear that now is the best time of the season so far to play them as they have only recorded 2 wins from their last 8 games. However both of those wins were against currently struggling sides (Wigan and Brentford) while the 3 defeats they’ve suffered in the same run have all been against promotion contenders (Forest, Derby and Leeds).
As ever Reading’s opponents are injury free while Reading’s injury list is still as bad as ever. Expectation is that Moore will be fit again but that is not a given. O’Shea is in the same boat while Meite still has a problem with his ankle though he remains playable. Baldock is back but no doubt so will be the mystery injury game as it continues to aid Paul Clement’s selection plans.
So another hard game awaits then. Something that Reading will need to be on their mettle for otherwise it’ll all be rather disappointing again.
Already returning after just over a month away is your very own James Linington
03 Nov 18 > Reading 3-2 Bristol City
06 Mar 18 > Reading 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
02 Jan 18 > Reading 0-2 Birmingham City
09 Sep 17 > Reading 0-1 Bristol City
08 Apr 17 > Norwich City 7-1 Reading
24 Sep 16 > Reading 1-0 Huddersfield Town
21 Nov 15 > Reading 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
02 May 15 > Derby County 0-3 Reading
28 Dec 14 > Reading 2-1 Norwich City
21 Nov 14 > Cardiff City 2-1 Reading
12 Aug 14 > Reading 3-1 Newport County (League Cup)
10 Sep 11 > Reading 0-2 Watford
30 Apr 11 > Coventry City 0-0 Reading
22 Jan 11 > Reading 1-1 Hull City
02 May 10 > Reading 4-0 Preston North End
30 Jan 10 > Reading 1-0 Barnsley
Reading and Sheffield United are in the process of sharing their 20th season together. This basically works out as more or less one game a year against each other since the clubs first met in 1979.
Home form is not particularly impressive. Yes Reading have the edge but as draws are about as common as an injury free Reading squad this edge is by ten wins to eight from nineteen games. Particularly depressing is the fact the fact that Sheffield United have rolled up scored three and departed happy from each of their last three league visits. Add to that a 1-0 win from the game immediately before and that makes for a run of four successive home league defeats to the Blades.
So some steel that needs to rather quickly needs to be blunted then.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use an iFollow subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)
- SKY TV