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Match Preview: Norwich City v Reading

29 April 2021

Reading are the visitors at Carrow Road for Norwich City's final home game of the 2020-21 season on Saturday (3pm).

Should Norwich beat Reading, the Canaries will be crowned Championship title-winners. If City don't win the match, they will still win the title if Watford fail to beat Brentford, which also kicks off at 3pm.

The opposition

Reading are no longer able to finish in the Championship's play-off places, last weekend's 2-2 draw against Swansea City seeing the Royals eight points adrift with two games to go.

Few expected Veljko Paunovic's side to start the season as brilliantly as they did. Reading were top of the table going into November after being unbeaten in the league's first eight games.

Despite a subsequent run of four straight defeats, Reading demonstrated admirable consistency to remain between the positions of fifth and eighth for the rest of the season.

Nevertheless, they have now won just one of the last nine league matches, form which has seen them slip behind the likes of Bournemouth and Barnsley.

Lucas Joao is the club's top scorer so far this season with 22 goals in all competitions, 19 of which have coming in the Championship, making him the division's fifth top scorer.

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In the 78 meetings between Norwich and Reading since 1909, there have been 30 Norwich wins, 29 Reading wins and 19 draws.

Last time we met, goals from Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki secured a 2-1 win at the Madejski Stadium in December.

Reading's previous trip to Carrow Road came in April 2019, Andy Rinomhota's 97th minute equaliser rescuing a point for the away side after Ben Godfrey and Christoph Zimmermann had scored late on for City.

Ref watch

Oliver Langford has been appointed to take charge of Saturday's game, Adrian Waters and Rob Smith his assistants and Sam Purkiss the fourth official.

Langford was last involved in a Norwich game during February's 3-1 win away to Birmingham City.

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How to follow

Saturday's match will be available for season ticket holders to watch for free on iFollow.

Providing season ticket holders have updated their email address with the club and created an iFollow account with the same details, the match will be made available for free here on Saturday.

Non-season ticket holders can watch the match on iFollow as well, by purchasing a £10 match pass here.

By tuning into iFollow, you gain access to HD four-camera coverage, replays and BBC Radio Norfolk commentary. 

Alternatively, there are audio passes available for purchase on the iFollow section of our website. Click here for more information.

Overseas supporters can watch the match as part of their existing iFollow monthly or seasonal subscriptions, - international match passes are also available. Click here for more information.  

Due to the three-day social media blackout announced last weekend, we will not be providing updates for the match on our Twitter, Instagram or Facebook channels. However, we will continue to run a live blog here on, where you'll also find the match report and post-match content after full-time.

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