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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Reading v Bolton Wanderers

6 March 2018

Wanderers are back on the road on Tuesday night as they travel to Reading in the Sky Bet Championship

With only goal difference separating the two sides heading into the game, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' trip to the Madejski Stadium.

1. Away form

Having lost just twice at home in the Sky Bet Championship since September, Wanderers will be hoping to to replicate that form on their travels as they look to finish the season strongly.

The Whites have one away win to their name so far this campaign, coming away at Sheffield United in late-December, but did claim an encouraging point in their last outing on the road away at Norwich City..

Bolton also showed their strength on the road last year as they clinched promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking, often backed by a large, vocal away support.

And with many of their standout performances coming away from home, the Trotters will be eager to replicate some of last season's memorable results with every last point vital between now and the end of the season.  

2. Returning duo

Mark Little and Karl Henry will both be back in contention for our midweek trip to Berkshire with them having served their respective suspensions.

Little, who received a three-game ban for his red card in our clash against Queens Park Rangers last month at Loftus Road, has played 28 games for the Trotters so far this term, scoring once.

Henry meanwhile - who was handed a two-game ban for ten yellow cards - has figured 23 times to date since joining the Whites back in September, also notching once, with the duo's respective returns giving manager Phil Parkinson food for thought.

3. Former Royals

Tuesday evening's game will see a number of former Reading men return to the Madejski in the form of the manager alongside Jem Karacan, Adam Le Fondre and Andrew Taylor.

The gaffer spent eleven years with the Royals between 1992 and 2003, making almost 400 appearances for the Berkshire outfit before hanging up his boots.

Karacan enjoyed eight years as a Reading first team player having come up through their youth ranks, with striker Le Fondre impressing during a three-year stint with our latest opponents between 2011 and 2014, scoring 41 goals in the blue and white shirt.

Finally, Taylor had a stint with the Madejski Stadium outfit in 2015/16.

4. Attacking options

With Sammy Ameobi a doubt for Tuesday's clash with a back injury, his possible absence could see a different attacking line-up for the Whites.

Zach Clough and Adam Le Fondre were both unused substitutes at the weekend against Preston North End, and with places potentially up for grabs tonight, the pair will be chomping at the bit to feature in this crunch clash, particularly the latter given his links to our latest opponets.

5. Pay on the day

Tickets will be available to purchase on the night at the Madejski Stadium.

Kicking off at 8pm, tickets will be able to purchase from the South Stand Ticket Office via cash or card from 6.30pm onwards. There will be no price increase with the non-season ticket holder/member price in place on the night.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Reading for collection or have their tickets duplicated will also be available to be collect from the South Stand Ticket Office.

MATCHDAY PRICES

Adults: £25
Over-65s: £16
Under-25s: £13
Under-18s: £8


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