Match Previews

Match Preview: Reading v Albion

Albion's red shirts hang up in the dressing room at Huddersfield Town

West Bromwich Albion travel to the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday afternoon for a Sky Bet Championship fixture with high-flying Reading (ko 3pm).

Baggies Under-21s coach Richard Beale will take charge of the game, with James Morrison and Gary Walsh assisting him following Steve Bruce's departure from The Hawthorns earlier this week.

Hosts Reading, managed by former England midfielder Paul Ince, have made an impressive start to season and sit towards the top end of the table on 22 points from their 13 games played.

The Baggies are in Berkshire this weekend

Follow the match live

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of Albion's clash with Reading on Saturday afternoon.

WBA Radio pair Gez Mulholland and Andy Johnson will bring you every kick from the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

Commentary will start at 2.45pm. Audio passes can be purchased for £2.50 here.

Live updates will also be posted across the club's social media channels throughout the afternoon.

WBA TV Matchday

Our opponents

The Royals have made a really bright start to the 2022/23 campaign and sit just a few points off the top of the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of kick-off this weekend.

Saturday's hosts boast the division's best home record, winning five of their seven matches played in the league at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, losing just once. 

Paul Ince, who took over in February this year after not managing since being at Blackpool between February 2013 and January 2014, steered Reading to safety last season and has helped his side hit the ground running this term. 

The Royals have finished in the bottom half of the second tier in six of the last eight campaigns, but they'll be quietly confident they can earn a spot in the top half this time around and will be buoyed by their impressive start.

The head into Saturday's clash without a win in their last two though, drawing 1-1 at home to Norwich before losing 2-1 at QPR last Friday night.

The Royals will want to return to winning ways after picking up just one point from the last six on offer

From the Albion Archive 

The Baggies came from behind to win 2-1 at Reading in February 2020.

George Puscas' early penalty gave the hosts the lead but Matheus Pereira equalised before the break for Albion.

And the three points were secured when Kyle Bartley looped a header into the far corner just four minutes into the second period.

One for the stattos

Albion have the opportunity to extend their unbeaten run against Reading to seven games this weekend. 

The Baggies have won all of the last three and four of the last six, with the other two games ending in draws.

The last Reading triumph in this fixture was in the FA Cup back in February 2016 when they progressed with a 3-1 home win over Tony Pulis' side.

Karlan Grant scored the only goal of the game when Albion last faced the Royals in April

Colours for the road

The Baggies will wear red at Reading on Saturday. Albion last donned their third kit in the 2-2 draw at Huddersfield back in August.

You can order our red shirt here.

Jed Wallace celebrates scoring at Huddersfield in our red shirt

Ticket details

Tickets remain on general sale for this weekend's trip to Reading.

Click here for all the details on how to secure a seat.

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