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🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Reading (H)

Take an in-depth look at how City match up against Reading when they meet at Ashton Gate on Wednesday evening (7:45pm).

🔴 OURSELVES

City head into this game off the back of a 3-1 defeat away to Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Saturday after two quickfire first half goals from the hosts and a third soon after the break secured the three points for the Tangerines.

Nigel Pearson will want to see his side return to winning ways as they play their first game at Ashton Gate since their enthralling 3-2 win against Cardiff in the Severnside Derby last month. 

After netting twice against the Royals at the start of the season Andreas Weimann will be keen to find his 15th of the season as the Robins face the 21st placed side in BS3.

🧳 OUR OPPONENTS

Reading come into this game off the back of six successive defeats with the Royals now sitting just two points above the drop zone. 

Veljko Paunovic will be desperate for his side to start picking up points as Reading aim to avoid the drop in the second half of the season. 

The Royals currently sit in 21st, which is a stark contrast to the 2020/21 season when Reading finished just seven points outside of the play-off spots.

📝 READING PROFILE

Formed: 1871
Stadium: Select Car Leasing Stadium
Nickname: Royals
Manager: Veljko Paunović
Finish last season: 7th, Sky Bet Championship

Honours:

Championship winners: 2006, 2012
Third tier, League One equivalent winners: 1926, 1986, 1994
Fourth tier, League Two equivalent winners: 1979
Full Member Cup winners: 1988


📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Wednesday, February 9th (7:45pm)
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Olivier Langford
Assistant Referee: Paul Hodskinson
Assistant Referee: Andrew Fox
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

BRISTOL CITY

Match vs the opposition: 101
Won: 40
Drew: 20
Lost: 41

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 41
Goals conceded: 57

Championship position: 17th (34 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Third Round

Yellow cards: 54
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann (14)
Top assists: Antoine Semenyo (6)

 

READING

Match vs the opposition: 101
Won: 41
Drew: 20
Lost: 40

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 34
Goals conceded: 60

Championship position: 21st (22 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Third Round

Yellow cards: 47
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: John Swift (8)
Top assists: John Swift (11)


MATCH REWIND 

Result: Bristol City 1-0 Reading
When: 05.10.19
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Famara Deidihou's first-half header ensured City would head into the international break on the back of three points.

He rose to meet Niclas Eliasson’s 12th minute cross and compound more misery on Reading’s slow start to the season.

City looked in control for much of the fixture though the Royals had their moments, but not enough to cause the home side problems in BS3.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

JOHN SWIFT

After started his senior career at Chelsea making just one appearance, Swift had loan spells at Rotherham, Swindon and Brentford.

With seven goals in 27 appearances during his spell at Brentford in the 2015/16 season, the attacking midfielder earned himself a permanent move to the Royals.

Since joining Reading in 2016 the Portsmouth-born midfielder has gone on to make just shy of 200 appearances for the club, netting 31 goals in the process.

Swift has 19 goal contributions this seasons, scoring eight and assisting on 11 occasion.

The 26-year-old has represented England from U16s level to the U21s, making his debut in 2010 against Wales U16s.


🎟 TICKETS

Tickets remain on sale for this week’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Reading at Ashton Gate.

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📺 WATCH ON ROBINS TV

As per EFL guidelines Wednesday's fixture will be available to international and domestic viewers with coverage getting underway at 7:15pm live from Ashton Gate.

Neil Swift will provide pre-match and post-match analysis as well as co-commentary.   

The 30-minute build-up show will be shown on City's YouTube channel and Facebook for free.

A Robins Live audio pass is also available. 

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