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West Brom vs Reading: Match Preview

There’ll be a Royal reunion at the Hawthorns.

AFC Wimbledon v Reading - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

After a disappointing defeat to fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers, Reading travel to the Midlands to play in-form West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies are looking to return to the Premier League and are currently well in the promotion mix. Can the Royals pull off a huge result at the Hawthorns or will Hal Robson-Kanu haunt his former employers?

Reading

Form: WLWDL (all competitions)

Striking duo Jon Dadi Bödvarsson and Sam Baldock are injury doubts coming into this game, with the Icelander picking up an injury in the warm-up against QPR forcing a late change, Yakou Meite coming in as a target man. Josh Sims and John Swift are pushing for starts after bright performances from the bench in the defeat to QPR.

Top goalscorer: Jon Dadi Bödvarsson - 7 (all competitions)

West Brom

Form: WWLWD (all competitions)

The Baggies are currently fourth in the Championship with an impressive start to the season. Star winger Matt Philips is facing a race against time to overcome a muscle strain; the Scotsman has missed the last three games through this injury. The Baggies could draft in new winger Bakary Sako to replace him, or stick with Tyrone Mears. Otherwise West Brom have no new injury concerns, so former Royal Hal Robson-Kanu could be in the frame to face his former club.

Top goalscorer: Jay Rodriguez - 7 (all competitions)

What do the stats say?

  • The last meeting between these teams was February 2016 in the FA Cup. Reading came out as 3-1 winners.
  • Reading have only won one away game out of their last 13! They’ve drawn five and lost seven.
  • Jon Dadi Bödvarsson’s goal tally of seven is 50% of Reading’s total goals for the season.
  • Meanwhile West Brom have Jay Rodriguez also on seven goals and Dwight Gale on six.

How can I follow the game?

Audio coverage is on BBC Radio Berkshire at 104.4, but not available online. Coverage is also available on the EFL iFollow service but no video coverage will be streaming the game. Full match highlights will be available on the app after the game

Reading Football Club will post highlights of the game on their respected social media pages and YouTube channel.

Prediction

This by far is Reading’s toughest test of the season! West Brom have a Premier League level squad and the home advantage to match. Reading are struggling with injuries and lack of confidence which doesn’t bode well coming into a game like this. I unfortunately can see a West Brom victory but would love to be proved wrong!

West Brom 3-1 Reading