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Match Preview: Reading

All the information ahead of our visit to The Royals

19 January 2018

Brentford head to The Madejski Stadium in search of their second win in a row after beating Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Griffin Park last week.

The Opposition

A run of mixed results at the start of August for The Royals was a clear indicator that the side were not going to get off to the flying start that saw them perform so well last term. They host The Bees after their last two home league games ended in defeat; 2-0 to Birmingham and 2-1 to Burton Albion.

On 16 September, Brentford drew 1-1 with Jaap Stam's team after Josh Clarke's first-half goal was cancelled out by a Liam Kelly penalty after 70 minutes. This was the last game that Brentford failed to win before they went on a run of five from eight into early November.

The Madejski has been a happy hunting ground for goals between the two sides in recent seasons. Sergi Canós scored his goal of the season (below) against The Royals in December 2015.

Reading have been on a slump in the league recently, having only won one of their last eight Sky Bet Championship matches. A side that finished third last season just eight points from automatic promotion, they currently find themselves in 18th and only seven points from the bottom of the table.

Team News

Reading defender Jordan Obita has been ruled out for the rest of the season after requiring surgery on a knee injury earlier this season. Forward Joseph Mendes is hoping to return soon from a less concerning injury to his own knee, while Callum Harriott and Stephen Quinn are still out of action.

Midfielder John Swift, who needs no introduction to fans at Griffin Park, took a knock against Hull City and certainly won't be back to full fitness by Saturday but could feature. Paul McShane is also a doubt.

Brentford could welcome back John Egan and Henrik Dalsgaard to the squad this weekend as both returned to full training recently. The team will continue to be without Rico Henry, he is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Alan Judge missed out on the matchday squad last week but has no other new injury trouble to concern him. Also, Tom Field has just returned from a loan spell at Bradford City and could get a place in the squad after earning some minutes for the B Team.

The Manager

45-year-old Jaap Stam has been in charge of Reading since June 2016. Brought in as a replacement for the outgoing Brian McDermott, he took the team on a run that almost saw The Royals promoted in his first season in charge.

The former Manchester United, Lazio and Ajax defender will be known to most football fans as the no-nonsense centre-back that was a constant part of the Netherlands back line from 1996-2004.

At United, Stam won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, and the UEFA Champions League to add to nine other domestic honours picked up over the course of his career. He was voted into the PFA Team of the Year three times and won the UEFA Club Best Defender of the Year prize twice. He earned 67 international caps in total.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: 'The run that we have been on is starting to capture the imagination'

Ref Watch: Darren Bond handed Royals clash

Opposition View: Jonathan Low from Get Reading tells us what to expect from The Royals this weekend

Ticket News

Over 2,850 tickets have been sold for the trip to Reading, and matchday coach services to The Madejski are now officially sold out.

The last few tickets in our allocation of just over 2,957 will go off sale at 2pm today (Friday 19 January).

Prices for Brentford Season Ticket Holders are £20 for Adults, £13 for Seniors and £10 for Young Persons. Junior Season Ticket Holders can secure their seat for just £5.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be on air from 2.30pm on Saturday as Mark Burridge hosts Matchday Live from The Madejski Stadium. He will be joined by Marcus Gayle and Ciaran Brett.

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