2018-19 Championship preview: Reading

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball takes a look Reading.

Name: Reading

Nickname: The Royals

Manager: Paul Clement

Stadium: Madjeski Stadium [24,161]

Postcode: RG2 0FL

Club website: www.readingfc.co.uk

Nearest train station: Reading West

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide.com

Promotion odds (Sky Bet): 18/1

Last meeting: Sky Bet Championship – Reading 0-2 Millwall [Leandro Bacuna own goal 70', Lee Gregory 73']; February 3, 2018

Last seasoIns: n: 20th in Sky Bet Championship

Goals for: 48

Goals against: 70

Top league goal scorer: Modou Barrow (10)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: Marc McNulty [£1.2million from Coventry]; Sam Walker [free transfer from Colchester]; John O'Shea [free transfer from Sunderland]; Andy Yiadom [free transfer from Barnsley]; Darren Sidoel [free transfer from Ajax]; David Meyler [free transfer from Hull]; Sam Baldock [undisclosed from Brighton]

Outs: Sandro Wieser [free transfer to FC Vaduz]; Dennis Rakels [free transfer to Riga]; Tennai Watson [loan to AFC Wimbledon]; Joseph Mendes [free transfer to AC Ajaccio]; Jonathon Bond [free transfer to West Brom]; Joey van den Berg [loan to NEC Nijmegen]; Andrija Novakovich [loan to Fortuna Sittard]; Stephen Quinn; Yann Kermorgant [both released]

It's been a summer of change at the Madejski Stadium so far after Paul Clement's arrival at the helm towards the back end of last season.

Clement took over from Jaap Stam during a disappointing campaign that ended with the Royals finishing 20th after missing out on promotion to the Premier League via a penalty shoot-out in the play-off final the season before.

Clement has opted for experience with the likes of David Meyler and John O'Shea joining the club, but the Royals have also signed younger players such as Andy Yiadom with a point to prove at this level.

Sam Baldock will be hoping to get his career back on track after injury woes while he was with Brighton.

Clement also has a point to prove after his disappointing spells in charge of Swansea and Derby County.

Prediction: Relegation battle

The Royals simply don't have enough quality in their ranks to mount a challenge towards the top end of the table and their defence could again be their weakness this season.

If Baldock can stay fit and form a partnership with McNulty, their goals should be just enough to keep Reading out of the bottom three.

This season's fixtures: 

Reading vs. Millwall – Saturday October 20, 2018 [Kick-off: 3pm]

Millwall vs. Reading – Wednesday December 26, 2018 [Kick-off: 3pm]

Image: Millwall FC