When : Wednesday 10th February, 7pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Brentford. Round 2. Reading need to continue upping their game against the best teams in the division as getting a decent mass of points off these boys should guarantee a good top 6 finish. If you look at the games against the “big five” (Bournemouth, Brentford, Norwich, Swansea, Watford) so far, Reading’s haul of points is now 7 points from 6 games, thanks to the good home win over the Cherries, but next comes a visit from probably the best team in the league so anything out of this one will be a good result.
Brentford once lost a league game, no really they did! If you go back far enough into history they crashed 3-2 at Stoke in October, since then the league run is played 20, won 12 and drawn 8 so this is going to be the hardest challenge yet in my opinion esp. given Reading performances in the last 3 games against Brentford where Reading have conceded 7 and scored 1 with 0 points return. In addition Brentford have won 5 and drawn 1 of the last 6 league games played (including that easy win over Reading just before the Christmas festivitity (yes I think someone managed a festivity somewhere).
Ivan Toney is by far and away the main threat here with 22 goals from 27 league games (that’s about an average of a goal every 1.22 games) which is a bit better than Joao’s 15 goals in 21 league appearances (a mere 1.4 games a goal) so this is going to be very very difficult for the Reading defence.
Brentford are fairly injury free from what I can make out while Reading’s injury problems have improved a greatly with just Moore left sidelined and the possibility of Araruna and Puscas getting back to training this week. Let’s all hope the slew of injuries experienced by the club this season now remain firmly in the past. Touchwood.
Overall after the fetid drawn performance at Stoke, Reading really need to hit this game running right from the start and provide much more of a Bournemouth performance, anything else could make it a bit of a depressing evening. But at least Reading avoided defeat at Stoke which is better than Brentford did there so there’s certainly hope that the Biscuitmen won’t crumble and will get something from what I think is easily the best team in the division.
12 Dec 20 > Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Reading
02 Nov 19 > Reading 2-1 Millwall
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
Brentford are one of the most common opponents for Reading with this game being the 90th time the clubs will have met in the league. Of the 43 league games played in Reading to date there have been 24 wins for the hoops compared to just 10 for the stripes.
However if you think that makes things easier then think again as Brentford have won on five of their last seven league visits, have scored at least two in five of those games and once in each of the others so not even a clean sheet has been kept by Reading in that time.
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