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Match Preview | Reading (H)

All the information ahead of this evening's match versus Reading...

21 April 2021

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The Hatters welcome Reading to Kenilworth Road this evening with the aim of winning three consecutive matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following victories against Wycombe Wanderers and Watford, Nathan Jones’ side are in pursuit of another three points and will look to do so against the Royals who are searching for a place in the play-offs.

 

Nathan Jones said:

(Click here to watch Nathan’s full pre-match press conference)  

“Ironically, we have played them four times since I have been back, won two and lost two. 50/50 at the minute but we are not thinking about anything else, just getting to 59 points by midnight tomorrow. That is our only focus, nothing to do with Reading’s positioning, nothing to do with anything else in the world apart from Luton Town attaining 59 points by tomorrow. That is our total focus.”

 

Who?

Holder of the Football League’s highest points tally when they won the Championship in the 2005/06 season with 106 points, Reading had two spells in the Premier League, one for two seasons and another for a single campaign.

In 2016/17, the Royals finished third in the Championship but lost in the play-off final to Huddersfield Town on penalties.

 

The manager – Veljko Paunovic

After a playing career in his homeland as well as in Spain, Germany, Russia and the USA, Paunovic also previously coached the Serbia Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-20s before moving into club management.

The Serb was out of management since he left Chicago Fire in November 2019 following a four-year spell in the States, but he replaced Mark Bowen in August and has aims of helping Reading reach the play-offs this season.

 

Main threat – Michael Olise

The Royals have a host of attacking talent, none more so than 19-year-old Michael Olise, who has impressed a great deal this season. With six goals and ten assists, the youngster has been heavily involved in recent matches either in right-midfield or behind the striker.

  

When and where?

Kick-off is 7:45pm at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday 21st April.

 

Man in the middle?

The referee for this evening’s fixture is Michael Salisbury who recently took charge of Luton’s 3-2 victory against Sheffield Wednesday in February.

 

Played before?

This is the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, the last of which saw the Hatters claim a 1-0 win in the FA Cup third round, courtesy of George Moncur’s winner.

 

Follow the action

The only way to watch the live action from Kenilworth Road is via iFollow Hatters.

Match passes to watch the 7:45pm kick-off are now available to purchase by clicking the image at the foot of the page.


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