So who are we playing?: Leicester City at the Walkers... I mean King Power Stadium
Where did Leicester finish in the Championship last year? 10th
How are they shaping up after the summer? Leicester have spent this summer reshaping their squad with a number of high profile and high cost acquisitions that have made them one of the favourites for the division. Neil Danns, Paul Konchesky, Kasper Schmeichal and of course our former Captain Matt Mills have been signed by Sven and they won their opening league and cup game to start this season.
Last time we played them? Jimmy Kebe was on top form as Reading won 3-1 at the Madejski Stadium last spring
Any former Royals? The man who led the Royals out at Wembley in May shocked many when he moved across the division in a deal worth up to £5.5 million pounds. Matt Mills will certainly get an interesting reception from Royals fans.
Tilehurst End Thoughts In Brief:
Time to bring this picture out again....
The events at the club this week mean that we could all do with a bit of a pick-me-up and there's no better way we can do that then by beating Leciester and Matt Mills at the King Power Stadium.
However that's not going to be easy, as Leicester boss Sven Goran-Eriksson has spent heavily on building a squad thats the envy of most other Championship sides. Even before this summer's spending spree Leicester had looked a good side when they came to the Madejski last season, and with added Championship nous in their lineup they'll be a very difficult proposition today.
Historically though we've got a good record at Leicester, winning three out of the last four and drawing the other. The last Leicester win at the stadium was early in the 2002/03 season when Leicester triumphed 2-1. However this ground is a sacred place for Royals fans with Kevin Doyle scoring the goal that sent us to the Premier League back in 2006. Five years on and just one player remains from the 16 in that Reading squad, with Brynjar Gunnarsson likely to be in the squad but not start.
Team wise today it'll be interesting to see how Brian reacts to the loss of Shane Long, both personell and tactical wise. Simon Church is expected to miss the game but Andy Griffin and Ian Harte should both be fine after picking up small knocks against Millwall.
Prediction wise I'll have to be pessimistic and say 4-2 Foxes.
It's another short preview today, expect business to resume as usual in a few weeks time when I'm back from Holiday, meantime these chaps below have done more previews for your Reading reading pleasure.
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