Royals look to forget Blackpool misery in home match – Reading Today Online

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READING FC will be hoping to break out of the League One relegation zone when they host Burton Albion on Saturday.

The Royals dropped down to 22nd position after they were beaten at Blackpool which means they sit on five points having been deducted four points this season.

Saturday’s opponents Burton have endured a difficult start to their league campaign and have just one win to their name after nine matches.

The Brewers have had their difficulties in front of goal and have scored just five times in nine goals, while they have shipped 14 goals at the other end.

Tunsiian manager DIno Maamria, who has previously managed Stevenage and Oldham Athletic, took over in September 2022 after the resignation of Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink.

After picking up just one point in their opening seven league games of the season, Albion have started to pick up their form in their last two matches.

Burton got their first win of the season under their belts in a midweek match away to high flying Port Vale.

Goals from Beryly Lubala, Steve Seddon and Kwadwo Baah earned them three points with a 3-2 triumph.

Burton were then held to a 1-1 draw at the weekend up against fellow relegation candidates Fleetwood Town, who have yet to win this season.

Burton finished in midtable last campaign in 15th position on 56 points with 15 wins, 11 draws and 20 losses.

Reading and Burton have met just five times in their history, with four of those five games being won by Reading.

The last meeting, in January 2018, was won by Reading at the Pirelli Stadium with a 3-1 win in the Championship with a double from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in between a rare Chris Gunter goal.

Meanwhile, Burton’s last visit to the Select Car Leasing Stadium in December 2017 saw them return with all three points.

In what was scheduled to be a day of celebration for the Royals, who were playing their 500th match at the Madejski Stadium, turned into a miserable afternoon as Jaap Stam’s team were beaten as Tom Naylor’s winner came a few minutes after Modou Barrow had equalised.

Ruben Selles’ side will still be without Mamadi Camara, Sam smith and Ovie Ejaria who are still recovering from injury issues.

Predicted Reading line-up: Button, Yiadom, Abbey, Bindon, McIntyre, Wing, Savage, Elliott, Azeez, Vickers, Ehibhatiomhan

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