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Preview: Bristol City v Reading

Bristol City v Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Saturday, September 19th, 3pm

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Bristol City go in search of their second win of the season at home to Reading this Saturday.

Find out more about City's opponents below:

READING
The Royals have started the season in good form but their seven-match unbeaten run in competitions was ended by Derby County on Tuesday night. Star striker Orlando Sa, who scored a hat-trick last weekend, was sent off against the Rams and will start his three-match ban tomorrow. However, Reading have other threats in the shape of Nick Blackman, Matej Vydra and Hal Robson-Kanu for City to contend with.

MANAGER
Steve Clarke – Former Scotland International who amassed 200 career appearances for St Mirren and over 300 for Chelsea. The Scot is predominantly known for his coaching roles with Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool but left the latter to take up the head coach position at West Brom. After a year in charge at the Hawthorns, where he guided the Baggies to their highest Premier League finish of eighth, Clarke took a year out before taking over at Reading in December 2014.

STAR MAN
Nick Blackman – Former Macclesfield Town youth who was signed by Blackburn Rovers in 2009 after impressing on trial. After several loan spells – the most successful being his 10 goals in 18 appearances for Motherwell – the 25-year-old joined Sheffield United in 2012. He turned down a move to Crystal Palace before joining Reading in January 2013. Blackman has five goals in all competitions so far this season.

OFFICIALS
Stephen Martin is appointed as the man in the middle. He will be assisted by Mark Derrien and Adam Bromley. The fourth official will be Brett Huxtable.

TICKETS
Seats are available in the Atyeo and Dolman Stands. Click here to secure your ticket.

LAST TIME OUT
Reading 1-0 Bristol City (2012) – Jason Roberts scored on his debut to defeat 10-man City. Louis Carey saw red for bringing down Roberts to hand the striker the chance from the spot. David James saved the penalty but the striker tapped in the rebound. James was on hand to save a second penalty from Jobi McAnuff in the closing stages.

LAST SEASON
Sky Bet Championship: 19th
FA Cup: Semi-finals (lost to Arsenal)
Capital One Cup: Third round (lost to Derby County)

DID YOU KNOW?
Lucas Piazon - on loan from Chelsea - has played for teams in five countries (Sao Paulo – Brazil, Malaga – Spain, Vitesse Arnhem – Netherlands, Eintracht Frankfurt – Germany).

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