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Albion v Reading match preview

4 October 2018

ALBION will be looking to make it seven league games unbeaten when they host Reading at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Reading currently sit 20th in the Sky Bet Championship table having accumulated nine points by winning two, drawing three and losing six of their opening 11 fixtures.

Their last outing was a 1-0 defeat at home to QPR on Tuesday night, ending a mini spell of good form after a win against Hull and a draw at Brentford in their two games before that. 

The Royals are managed by former Derby County and Swansea City boss Paul Clement, who has been in charge since March 2018 and guided the club to a 20th placed finish at the end of last season. 

Last time out 

The most recent fixture between the two sides at The Hawthorns was a 1-0 win for Albion in a Premier League game during the 2012/13 campaign.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates his match-winning goal against Reading back in 2012

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies are now unbeaten in six league matches after netting two late goals to draw 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.
  • Darren Moore’s side remain the highest scoring team in the division having netted 27 times so far this season.
  • Albion have lost just once at home to Reading this century (P5, W2, D2, L1).

Reading

  • The Royals have only lost on one occasion away from home in the league during the 2018/19 campaign (P5, W1, D3, L1).
  • The last Championship meeting between Reading and Albion was a 1-1 draw in March 2010 at the Madjeski Stadium.
  • Paul Clement has a 23.8% win percentage as Reading boss - winning five, drawing five and losing 11 of his 21 matches in charge.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the most recent Hawthorns meeting between the sides…

Head to head

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the 40 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 18 times, Reading have been victorious on 13 occasions and there have been nine draws.

Man in the middle 

The referee for Saturday’s game is Darren England, and he’ll be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and James Mainwaring - with Thomas Bramall as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Seats for the clash are on general sale.

Tickets are priced at adults £20/£23, seniors £15/£17, students & U23s £15, U18s & disabled £10 and U11s just £5.

They can be purchased online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Reading is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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