The race for promotion in the Championship is heating up, with Blackburn Rovers making to pay for their recent slip-up against Stoke City by dropping to sixth in the table, now just three points above seventh-placed Norwich City. The complexion is poles apart for Reading, who are hovering precariously in 16th.
In his maiden campaign at Ewood Park, Jon Dahl Tomasson has The Riversiders believing a return to the Premier League is possible. Once a top-flight mainstay, the Lancashire club have endured a now-11 year absence from the promised land, even slipping to League One in that period. But, signs are promising this term.
Reading’s Premier League exile hasn’t been as long as Blackburn’s, suffering relegation the season after in 2012/13, but it’s still a decade since they last tussled with the country’s perennial heavyweights, and that wait looks set to endure, with Paul Ince’s men some 14 points adrift of Wednesday’s opponents.
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Blackburn vs Reading match stats
Blackburn’s reliance on Ben Brereton Diaz has once against been palpable this campaign, with the Chile international bagging 11 Championship goals, nearly double his closest team-mate, Sam Gallagher (six). His four assists also puts him second behind only Tyrhys Dolan (five) as the club’s best playmaker.
Reading will need to work hard to keep a lid on the bustling centre-forward, but they may want to temper their tenacity somewhat, or the referee could be in for a busy night. The Royals actually have the two most ill-disciplined players in the Championship this term, with Mamadou Loum and Andy Yiadom the only two men to pick up more than 10 yellow cards each (both 11).
17 Aug 2022 – Reading 3-0 Blackburn – Championship
19 Mar 2022 – Reading 1-0 Blackburn – Championship
23 Oct 2021 – Blackburn 2-0 Reading – Championship
02 Mar 2021 – Reading 1-0 Blackburn – Championship
27 Oct 2020 – Blackburn 2-4 Reading – Championship
After winning three games on the bounce, Blackburn capitulated against Reading on matchday four, with Ince’s side running out 3-0 victors. Goals from Tom McIntyre, Junior Hoilett and Lucas Joao got the job done for The Royals.
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