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Preview: Rovers v Reading

Wednesday's clash is the first of three consecutive home games for Mowbray's men

20 August 2018

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Rovers welcome Reading to Ewood Park on Wednesday, looking to continue what has been a strong start to the 2018/19 campaign.

Here's our guide to the game...


A much deserved 1-0 win at Hull last time out will have given Rovers a big confidence boost going into matchday four back in the Championship. Tony Mowbray's men - who are yet to lose this season - picked up a first win of 2018/19 at the KCOM Stadium, courtesy of Bradley Dack's fourth goal in as many games. Next up, it's back to Ewood Park to face struggling Reading, who have had contrasting fortunes so far. With three league games played, the sides are 10th and 23rd respectively going into this one. As always, we'll be in attendance for the game, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm on Wednesday. 


Mowbray confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Monday that Dack would be reassessed ahead of the game, having been forced off in the second half at Hull after taking a knock to the knee. Meanwhile, Derrick Williams "isn't quite ready" for a return from a recent foot injury, and summer signing Jacob Davenport remains doubtful following a hip flexor problem. The boss was full of praise for Corry Evans and Richie Smallwood earlier this week, with the midfield duo expected to continue in front of the back four. Adam Armstrong staked his claim for a place at the head of Rovers' attack last time out, and Joe Rothwell again looked sharp from the bench. Both starting line-ups will be released an hour before kick-off on matchday.


Saturday's game will be the 20th competitive meeting between the sides, with Rovers winning seven and drawing eight of the previous clashes. Our most recent league match against Reading at Ewood came in December 2016 when, despite goals from Danny Graham and Wes Brown, the visitors ran out 3-2 winners. Reading finished 20th in the Championship last season, just three points above the relegation zone with 44 points from their 46 games. They're yet to pick up a win so far this season, losing against Derby, Nottingham Forest and, most recently, Bolton. In the likes of Vito Mannone, John O'Shea, Leandro Bacuna and David Meyler, they have a host of players with experience of top-flight football.


Tickets are still available, and can be purhcased from the ticket office at Ewood, online or over the phone on 01254372000. 


If you're heading to Ewood on Wednesday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.

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