Kick-off in the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday evening is 7 a.m.. 45 o’clock and it will be 2. 000 fans in the ground.
Royals enter the game after two wins in their last three games and could lead the league if they win and Norwich City can’t beat Nottingham Forest.
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Aitor Karankas Birmingham took an impressive 1-0 win at Bristol City over the weekend, despite their first win in seven games.
The Blues are in the overall ranking on the 16th. Place after winning four games, drawing seven and losing five games in 2020/21.
You could move up to the table with a win at Mad Stad.
Reporter Jonathan Low will be showing you the action from the game on the live blog below.
After the game, keep an eye out for a live video on our dedicated Reading FC page on Facebook.
Very slow so far from Reading – they have barely been in half of Birmingham so far.
Leko is a late addition to the Birmingham team. Bela sustained an injury in the warm-up.
Fine, another 2 tonight. 000 fans to see. Let’s hope they see a decent performance and, above all, three points!
It will take you a lot of patience tonight to break down a determined blues team.
It may not be beautiful and there may come a moment of someone’s magic.
No change for Reading today as Veljko Paunovic stays with the same team that started against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
If Reading wins tonight and can’t beat Norwich Forest, the Royals will be at the top of the league.
Sky Sports expert David Prutton took a 3-1 home win ahead of today’s game.
Former Reading defender Chris Gunter has admitted he knew he would leave the club late last season.
The 31-year-old played more than 300 games in a Reading jersey in all competitions and then joined League One team Charlton Athletic in October.
The Serb has a little over three weeks to get into the market and add players who will add to his squad for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Royals are not expected to be very active in the market, although the roster lacks depth in certain areas.
And given the stellar campaign to date, they may need to stave off other clubs interest in some of their precious assets.
Players like Michael Olise, Liam Moore and Omar Richards are likely to pique the interest of Premier League clubs as they look to pick some of the championship’s standout players in 2020/21.
Paunovic insists that Royals will approach the window cautiously, and the Serb admits that he does not want to take steps that are detrimental to the culture he has established on and off the field since joining August.
Today’s game is live on Sky Sports Football Red Button and also on the Sky Sports app.
Reading has received a significant boost in its attempts to keep playmaker John Swift in the upcoming January transfer window.
The 25-year-old, currently out with a hamstring injury, almost came to Sheffield United in the summer, only Royals’ owner Dai Yongge intervened at the last minute and blocked the deal.
Blades boss Chris Wilder has spoken in the past of his admiration for former England U21 international Swift and has been asked to rekindle his interest and take another step for the player next month.
The prospect of this is slim, however, as he has admitted that there will be no permanent arrivals on Bramall Lane during the window.
Veljko Paunovic still doesn’t have a full squad to choose from as several players are out due to injury.
John Swift is approaching a return, while Felipe Araruna is not far behind. Andy Yiadom and George Puscas will be out for a while, however.
Reading manager Veljko Paunovic has warned the rest of the championship, saying that the best of Michael Olise is yet to come.
The teen starlet has been in great shape for royals this season and is quickly becoming one of the most talked about players in the country.
The creative midfielder tops the charts for assists in the 2020/21 second division (six), and Sky Sports reported over the weekend that he has the most chances (30) for one in both the championship and the top 5 Teenager has created leagues in Europe.
Olise’s reputation and value are rising week by week and he made another eye-catching performance for royals in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest, where he was involved in both goals.
Up to 2. 000 fans returned to Madejski on Saturday to defeat Nottingham Forest.
We met with some the weekend after the forest fight to see what they made of the experience.
Hello everyone and welcome to the live coverage of today’s game between Reading and Birmingham City.
Kick-off at Mad Stad is 7. 4pm and we’ll have all the action here as Royals aim for two home wins.
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