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Live on Sky Sports: Reading v Ipswich Town

11 September 2015

The Sky Bet Championship returns to action on Friday night, when Reading host Ipswich Town at the Madejski Stadium.

Coverage will begin on Sky Sports from 7pm, with kick-off following an hour later at 8pm.

Reading have endured a mixed first five games of the new season, registering their first win last time out against Brentford. On the contrary, Ipswich are among the division's best starters, with 10 points from a possible 15.

A traditionally tight affair

Meetings: 53
Reading wins: 21
Ipswich wins: 23
Draws: 9

Eight of the last 11 meetings between the Royals and the Tractor Boys have been decided by a single goal, and those fine margins reflect in their overall head-to-head record - Ipswich narrowly lead 23-21 from 53 clashes.

The one-goal deficit has occurred in the last four seasons when the pair have locked horns at the Madejski Stadium (1-0, 1-0, 2-1, 1-0), and all those results have been in favour of Friday's home outfit Reading.

In fact, Steve Clarke's side have won seven of their last eight against the Suffolk men, and you have to go back to March 2009 for the last time Ipswich secured an away victory against them, when Jon Stead netted the only goal of the game in a 1-0 triumph.

Reading's home form has been a worry of late, however, and they haven't scored on their own patch since April, meaning no victories.

Read more: Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 6 preview

Internationals return

Both clubs have had a selection of players away on international duty in the last fortnight, with individuals playing big roles for their respective countries.

Reading's Stephen Quinn and Paul McShane return from time with the Republic of Ireland, while Michael Hector (Jamaica), Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland), Ali Al-Habsi (Oman), Danny Williams (USA), Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu (both Wales) were also away with their national sides.

As for Ipswich, they had Tommy Oar representing Australia in FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying against Tajikistan, and the winger came off the bench to assist the Socceroos' third goal in a 3-0 win.

Tractor Boys to sport orange shirt

Ipswich Town will turn out in the rather unexpected colour of orange when they face Reading on Friday night.

With the Tractor Boys' home and away kits deemed to clash too much with that of Reading's home strip, Mick McCarthy's men will sport an 'emergency' orange shirt.

Ipswich did wear that colour as their second kit last season but registered new home and away attire for the 2015/16 campaign, meaning they will don a one-off orange kit for this game.

New @adidasUK orange kit to be used against Reading on Friday. Find out why here:

— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) September 10, 2015
We'll be providing match updates for Reading against Ipswich, as well as all the weekend's Championship games on our official Twitter feed, @SkyBetChamp.

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