When : Saturday 2nd November, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Just over a year since they last rolled in, Millwall are back and under new management with Gary Rowett looking after his first away game for the club.
Following the waste of time setting out for Nottingham last week, Reading will be hoping to prove that the stirrings of something useful, that has started creeping into their game since Mr Bowen took charge, will start to amount to a bit more more than just stirrings.
As we know in this division, particularly this season, there is not going to be one easy game, everything is going to be a hard fight and Millwall won’t be any different. Currently on the up, Millwall have won 2 and drawn 1 of their last 4 but before that they failed to win any of their previous 7 league games. They are also still looking for their first league away win having drawn 4 and lost 3 of their previous 7 travels but have beaten the likes of Leeds so do have something about them that is capable of causing problems if you’re not careful. In addition, like Reading, they too are on enjoying the effectiveness of new management with 4 points from the two games their new chap has had in charge so something may have to give.
One time alleged Reading target Tom Bradshaw is in great form for them with 6 goals from 14 appearances, his main strike partner appears to be Matt Smith (no not the 12th Doctor) who has struck 3 in his 11 appearances. The other contributor of note is midfielder Jed Wallace with 5 in 12 games. One time Reading hero, Jon-Dadi, has been used largely as a substitute with 0 goals from 6 sub apps (and only 2 starts) but as we all know there’s always a first time to open a goal scoring account for a striker. Their other Reading connection, Jake Cooper, is their only ever present so far this season.
Millwall seem to be more or less fully fit while Reading continue to be without the services of injured pair Joao and Boye. Meite I believe is expected to be back in the swing of things.
This game is going to be a stern test for Reading, particularly given the not uncommon utterly wretched home performances and results of the last 2.5 years. Hope is currently strong that this is about to change but after so many false dawns there’s a still a good amount to be proven before we can all relax a little and actually regularly look forward to games at the Mad Stad.
24 Aug 19 > Huddersfield Town 0-2 Reading
30 Mar 19 > Reading 2-1 Preston North End
23-Oct 18 > Birmingham City 2-1 Reading
24-Feb-18 > Reading 3-3 Derby County
16-Sep-18 > Brentford 1-1 Reading
21-Feb-17 > Huddersfield Town 1-0 Reading
10-Dec-16 > Reading 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
06-Feb-16 > Reading 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
29-Sep-15 > Burnley 1-2 Reading
01-Oct-14 > Reading 0-0 Leeds United
This will be the 97th league game against Millwall and therefore the 49th time Reading will have played them at home. Currently it is definitely a case of the home team ruling as Reading have won 28 of those 46 games and lost just 12 (more or less the opposite of the games at Millwall).
There are usually a stack of goals between the sides, Reading have netted 93 while Millwall have managed 47.
So it'll be a pretty useless (for both sides) 0-0 then.
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