Burton Albion will travel to the Madejski Stadium for only their second time on Saturday. The Brewers only previous visit was a 5-1 defeat back in 2009 in the Carling Cup.Reading, currently sit in 4th in the Sky Bet Championship and have won their last three games on the bounce having beat Rotherham United, Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic. They have also only suffered one defeat at home all season, a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.
Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam is in his first season as manager and said this about the Brewers visit: “I’ve seen a couple of their games. They are a physical team with good players, they can be an attacking team sometimes in the system that they play.”
“They have wing-backs who play high up the pitch and they have pace up and quality in the middle of the park. So it’s going to be an interesting game – a hard one as well because they have beaten some good teams in the league.”
Albion manager Nigel Clough expects Reading to play a possession style game and is not worried if they do: “A lot depends on what Reading do and how good they are on the day. But they do like to keep the ball and they have an excellent home record. They will have tried to maintain their momentum during the two-week break but they will be full of confidence after three straight wins.”
“Teams haven’t dominated possession against us, especially away from home this season, which is one of the things we feared. They might have the majority of the ball on Saturday and that may suit us for a change. But you have to see how the game pans out. You can’t go into a game thinking you are going to defend as it might be you are domination."
Reading’s last home game was against Nottingham Forest at the end of October, an away trip to Wigan Athletic before the international break means that the Royals’ first opportunity to commemorate Remembrance Day is against the Brewers.
91-year-old Second World War veteran Charlie Miller, a life-long Reading fan, will lay a wreath before kick off in remembrance of those lost, as part of the EFL Remembers campaign. A bugler will play the Last Post before supporters, officials and players observe a minute’s silence.
Miller was awarded with the Legion d'honneur by the French government earlier this year, its highest distinction, for his naval service throughout the war. The former Navy man started his training at HMS Collingward, before serving on HMS Emperor between February 1944 and the end of the war. He was based on the ship which was in the English Channel during the crucial D-Day landings supporting ground troops trying to take beaches along the German occupied Normandy coastline.
Burton Albion supporters will be able to purchase tickets for the away trip to Reading on the day of the game.
Tickets go off sale at the Pirelli Stadium at 4PM today.
Fans hoping to do so will be able to purchase tickets from Reading’s South Stand Ticket Office from 1pm between gates 9 and 10. Reading accept both cash and card.
Prices are as follows:
Seniors aged 65 plus £16
Young persons aged 18-24 £13
17 and under £8.