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Reading FC v Brentford FC: Match Preview

Phil looks ahead to Saturday's game as Reading play their final home game of the season against Brentford at Madejski Stadium. The Royals will be looking to finish the season on a high after a difficult league campaign.

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Reading FC v Brentford FC
League Championship
Saturday 25th April, KO 3PM
Madejski Stadium
Referee: Andrew Madley

Reading (19th)
Form (all comps): LLLDD
Reading v Birmingham: 0-1
Reading v Arsenal (FA Cup): 1-2 (AET)
Reading v Bournemouth: 0-1
Reading v Blackburn: 0-0
Blackpool v Reading: 1-1

Manager: Steve Clarke

Things went from bad to worse for Steve Clarke’s men as they came back down to earth with a bang following their Wembley exploits with defeat to Birmingham at Madejski Stadium on Wednesday evening. Despite some good spells of possession and chances Reading failed to score for a third successive home game. The result means it is no win in seven league matches for The Royals with only two in their last 14. With the threat of relegation now over, the team will not only be playing for pride in their remaining games but also their place in Steve Clarke’s squad for next season. Brentford still have a good chance of the play-offs and I am sure there will be a number of Derby, Ipswich and Wolves fans rooting for Reading this weekend.

Brentford (7th)
Form (all comps): DLDDW
Brentford v Bolton: 2-2
Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford: 1-0
Derby v Brentford: 1-1
Brentford v Nottingham Forest: 2-2
Fulham v Brentford: 1-4

Manager: Mark Warburton

Brentford have encountered some untimely stuttering form of late and are winless in their last four games with three draws and a defeat. The Bees sit three points off Ipswich in the final play-off position and will have to win their remaining two games to stand any chance of taking 6th place come the end of the regular season. Brentford must beat the Royals and then Wigan at home next weekend while hoping Ipswich lose their games against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn on the final day.

Last five meetings
09 Sep 2000 Reading v Brentford W 4-0 Division 2 (League One)
10 Feb 2001 Brentford v Reading W 1-2 Division 2
27 Oct 2001 Reading v Brentford L 1-2 Division 2
20 Apr 2002 Brentford v Reading D 1-1 Division 2
04 Oct 2014 Brentford v Reading L 3-1 League Championship

Head to Head
This will be the 86th meeting between these two sides and it is Reading that hold the superior head to head record with 34 wins to Brentford’s 28 with 23 previous encounters ending in a draw. The fixture at Griffin Park in October saw The Royals succumb to a 3-1 defeat against Mark Warburton’s men. Reading have won three of their last four home matches against Brentford however they are winless in their last three games against The Bees.

Team News
Reading: Nathan Ake has returned to parent club Chelsea after reaching the end of his loan agreement. Steve Clarke has said he will give opportunities to the younger players in his squad and Danny Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu, Alex Pearce and Pavel Pogrebnyak all missed Wednesday’s game against Birmingham. 

Brentford: Everton loanee Chris Long has missed the previous few games with a leg injury and could miss out again. Scott Hogan is still recovering from a long-term injury, while Marcos Tebar and Lewis Macleod are not match fit yet.

Prediction: Reading 1-1 Brentford