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Match Preview: Reading (A)

2 November 2022

PNE will go in search of a third successive victory on Friday night when they head south to take on Reading.

Match Information
Venue:
Select Car Leasing Stadium
Date:
Friday 4th November, 8pm kick-off
Competition:
Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 20/46)
Kit:
Away kit – available in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Ticket News

Reading Tickets On Sale

30 October 2022

Tickets in the main allocation have now sold out for this fixture, however there will be additional tickets available on the night from the Select Car Leasing Stadium. Please note, there will be a price increase on matchday and only card payments are accepted.

Supporters are still able to buy tickets within the family area for this fixture, and there are also ambulant disabled and wheelchair user tickets left on sale until 11am on Friday from the ticket office.

Coach travel is available for supporters and will depart Deepdale at 12.15pm, before then going on to Leyland to pick up supporters there at around 12.30pm.

How To Follow The Game

As this game is being shown live on Sky Sports, the match cannot be streamed on iFollow PNE to supporters worldwide.

Live commentary is available as normal, though, with a £2.50 match pass or a £4.49 monthly pass, which you can subscribe to here. Commentary comes from Guy Clarke and Paul Sparrow.

There will also be our usual coverage here on PNE.Com, as well as across our social media platforms.

In The Dressing Room

Ben Whiteman will miss the next two games prior to the international break due to a small tear in his thigh which forced him off in the first half on Tuesday night.

Patrick Bauer stepped up his return to fitness during the week, playing 45 minutes in the Central League, and he'll continue training with the first team this week.

Troy Parrott remains sidelined but is making good progress as he is now using just the one crutch as he continues to nurse his hamstring injury.

A Look At Our Hosts

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Having finished just above the Championship drop zone last season, things started much better for the Royals this term, winning seven of their opening 11 league games.

It’s been just one win in the seven games since, though, and Paul Ince will be looking for his side to use their home advantage on Friday night, as they have done so often this season.

The Royals are one of the division’s top performers on home turf – taking 19 points from nine games in Berkshire – compared to their return of just seven from nine away from home.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 65
PNE wins: 25
Draws: 13
Reading wins: 27
Last PNE victory: Reading 0-3 PNE, 4th November 2020

One To Watch

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After what has no doubt been a frustrating few years for Tom Ince, in which he hasn’t managed to play as many minutes as he’d have liked, things seem to have fallen into place for the attacking midfielder at Reading.

Having spent the second half of last season on loan in Berkshire, he signed a three-year contract with the club this summer, and his dad Paul – Reading manager – appears to have got him back to his best.

Ince has been used in several different areas at the top end of the pitch this season and currently sits as the Royals’ top scorer with four goals to his name, as well as three assists.

Match Officials

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David Webb will be the man in the middle for Friday’s fixture.

Webb last took charge of a PNE game in April earlier this year, when North End came out 3-1 winners away to Barnsley, while he also refereed the Lilywhites’ 1-0 victory over Blackpool at Deepdale.

So far this season, Webb has taken charge of 15 fixtures, showing 43 yellow cards and four reds – with all of those sendings off coming in a recent 3-3 draw between Sheffield United and Blackpool.


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