Reading FC: A new season starts on the road
Stoke is Reading’s first stop this season and we’re as excited as you are. We’ve got a new kit, a new name for the stadium and after a super season, a new wave of enthusiasm.
The summer months teased us with an incredible Euro 2020 with England reaching the final, but we all know, club football’s where it’s at and we just can’t wait for the weekend to begin.
Stoke are never easy, especially away, that is true, however it is good to get these games in early as proper tests of fitness following a gruelling pre-season. The players are fresh and ready to impress Paunovic and this new season bounce can be good.
Last season, the Royals made a super start to the season. They catapulted themselves up to the summer after an unbeaten start under a new manager. Now, he’s had more time to settle, the players know him and they fight for him more and more. He’s got some spark and his charisma made fans believe too.
Even more good news came with the away allocation for tickets increasing to 1,500 and wow we’ve missed this. Away days are fun and having fans away from home will feel extra special for the players. Remember, Paunovic himself is yet to see more than 2000 visitors at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, and that was a one-off game.
Of course, you’ll remember that the last three games at Stoke ended goalless, and odds for that are available at 13/2 or 7.5.
Paunovic will have to shift things around often this season with no new signings possible. Yaloe Miete is out injured, however Andy Rhinamota is expected to play some part of the opening game.
We predict this season will be a good platform for the academy players to step up to the plate and since they have plenty of experienced players around them, they will be in good company.
It’s the 150th anniversary of Reading FC so starting this special season with three points is important.
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