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When Saturday 18 August, 3.00pm kick-off
Who and Where HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (Home, Madejski Stadium, League Division Two)
Ticket Info

Pay in advance or on the day, normal home match prices apply.

Upper West Stand:
Adults: 18 in advance, 20 on the day.
Concessions: 12 in advance, 14 on the day.
The Upper West Stand is RESERVED seating

Lower West, East, North and South Stands:

Adults: 13 in advance, 15 on the day.
Concessions: 8 in advance, 9 on the day.
The East and West Stands are RESERVED seating.
The North Stand is UNRESERVED seating.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the ticket office on 0118 968 1000.

A crowd of approximately 14,000 is expected for this match - Reading's first home tie of the 2001/2002 season.

Food and Beer.

Home match - See away fans guide for travel, food and beer guide.

Team news

Reading could well be without both Butler and Cureton up front - leaving a possible strike force of Henderson and Forster. The centre back pairing of Whitbread and Williams looks set to continue with Viveash available on the bench.

Reading - from: Whitehead, Murty, Whitbread, Robinson, Williams, Parkinson, Hughes, Gamble, Harper, A Smith, Henderson, Forster, Igoe, Viveash, Ashdown.

Huddersfield Town- from: Margetson, Evans, Jenkins, Lucketti, Gray, Armstrong, Beech, Thorrington, Holland, Irons, Booth, Hay, Schofield, Heary, Moses, Senior.

Form Guide

Reading kicked off the season with a 2-0 victory at Blackpool. Meanwhile Huddersfield also got off to winning ways with a 1-0 home victory over Bournemouth. Both sides are expected to do well this season, making it a vital early fixture for the Royals.

View Latest Second Division Table And Form Table

Previous Meetings 

Reading wins: 17
Huddersfield wins: 11
Draws: 8
Figures include League, League Cup, and FA Cup fixtures only.

The last time the Royals got to play Huddersfield was back in the 1997/1998 season before Reading got relegated to Division Two from Division One. Huddersfield managed to keep their place in Division One until last season when they came down to join the Royals. During the 1997/1998, when Reading were a bit crap to say the least, Huddersfield claimed two straight victories off us. We didn't even manage to stick a goal past them over the two fixtures. Thankfully the season before that saw Reading stuff Huddersfield 4-1 at our place even if we did lose away by a single goal in September 1996.

1997/1998 Season:
21 Mar 1998: Reading 0 Huddersfield Town 2 (League Division 1)
15 Nov 1997: Huddersfield Town 1 Reading 0 (League Division 1)

1996/1997 Season:
28 Jan 1997: Reading 4 Huddersfield Town 1 (League Division 1)
28 Sep 1996: Huddersfield Town 1 Reading 0 (League Division 1)

Click on match results for full match reports.

Match Odds

Odds offered at on-line book maker William Hill:
Reading are favourites for home victory.

Reading win: 4/5
Draw: 12/5
Huddersfield win: 11/4

Predictions The first home league match of the season against newly relegated Huddersfield Town. Let's start the season the way we mean to go on at the Madejski Stadium. A home victory. It just has to be.
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