14:34Robert WarlowJohn SwiftThe former Reading midfielder starts for the Baggies this afternoon against his old side. And his name was met with a mixed reception from the travelling fans just now, with a few boos heard. The festive season may be nearing an end, but there could be a pantomime villain today for both sets of fans today, with Andy Carroll also starting for Reading.
West Brom vs Reading TV channel, live stream and how to watch Championship© Getty Images West Brom take on Reading today West Bromwich Albion return to Championship action when they play Reading at The Hawthorns on Monday (3pm). Carlos Corberan 's Albion have taken 21 points from a possible 24 on offer in a remarkable run that has seen them rise from the relegation places up into mid-table and on the brink of the play-offs. The visit of Reading presents another test to West Brom with Paul Ince's side in tenth place, one point and place above Corberan's men. Reading are on form themselves, tasting defeat just once in their past five matches and they drew with fellow play-off chasers Reading last time out.
Reading striker Andy Carroll has said he regretted leaving the Royals to join West Bromwich Albion (Image: (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images))12:58Robert WarlowA tough task for ReadingThe Baggies are a team in form, with seven wins from their last eight games in the Championship. And they haven't conceded a goal from open play in 787 minutes, just to highlight the task facing Reading this afternoon, with former Royal John Swift in line to feature for the Baggies against his old side. West Brom midfielder John Swift 12:54Robert WarlowLive stream informationThe game at The Hawthorns is being shown live on Sky Sports today via the red button. The fixture is a co-broadcast on RoyalsTV and Sky Sports Red Button. As such, fans worldwide are able to purchase match passes for this fixture, priced at £2.
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Today's game is being shown live on Sky Sports Red Button because it falls outside the traditional Saturday blackout window. Read more: Erik Pieters reveals 'important' change that led to West Brom transformation Read more: West Brom confirm £5m Guochuan Lai loan hasn't been repaid Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Football from 2. 55pm and the service can be accessed by pressing the red button on that channel. Norwich City vs Watford (3pm) and Queens Park Rangers vs Sheffield United (8pm) have been picked by Sky Sports for full coverage on their channels. Sky Sports' Red Button service can also be accessed by subscribers on the Sky Sports app on mobile devices as well as through Sky television.
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(Image: (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images))14:06Robert WarlowHappy with the team? Carroll and Meite up top. Dann in defence. Guinness-Walker at left-back. What do you make of the changes Paul Ince has made today? 14:04Robert WarlowThree changes for ReadingScott Dann, Nesta Guinness-Walker and Yakou Meite come into the side. Naby Sarr and Lucas Joao both on the bench. Tom Holmes not involved. Team news in full here. 13:59Robert WarlowTeam news coming up nextStandby for the team news from The Hawthorns. 13:40Robert WarlowOdds for the gamePerhaps unsurprisingly, given West Brom's recent form, the Baggies are the favourites with the bookmakers for the game.
50 for an audio match pass and £10 for a video match pass. 12:48Robert WarlowNew Year's Day resultsWhile Paul Ince’s side begin 2023 this afternoon, a number of sides alongside Reading in the congested play-off face were in action on New Year’s Day. The results mean that Reading currently sit two points off the top six in tenth spot but could break into the play-off places if they beat the Baggies and other results go their way.
Kick off at The Hawthorns is at 3pm and we will be bringing you all the pre-match build up, along with confirmed team news and match updates in our live blog, below. 15:51Robert WarlowHalf timeReading have been under the cosh, but they are level at the break, largely thanks to Joe Lumley. The Royals could - and perhaps should - even be ahead, with Junior Hoilett missing that golden chance. 15:48Robert WarlowApproaching half timeStill 0-0 with one minute of added time to be played.
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The odds for the game, with BetfairWest Brom to win 4/7The draw 29/10Reading to win 5/113:25Robert WarlowAndy CarrollThe Reading striker returns to The Hawthorns today, after his short spell with the Baggies last season. He could be in for an interesting reception from the hpome crowd though after admitting he regretted leaving Reading for West Brom last January almost as soon as he had made the decision.
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Albion and Reading are also streaming the game on their WBATV and RoyalsTV platforms respectively for a fee of £10. Meanwhile, defender Erik Pieters thinks there is more to come from an Albion side he thinks is improving game-on-game. "We're getting better and better each game as a defensive unit, we’re understanding each other more and more each game too, " he said. "When we have a hard time in the game, everyone stays together and works hard. We defend altogether.
15:03Robert WarlowWe are underwayAfter a minute's applause for Pele, Reading get us underway here at The Hawthorns. 14:57Robert WarlowApproaching kick offWe are now less than five minutes from kick off at The Hawthorns. The teams will be out soon as 2023 begins for West Brom and Reading. 14:49Robert WarlowLikely formationJudging by the warm-ups, it looks like Reading will be lining up with a back five, with Scott Dann, Andy Yiadom and Tom McIntyre flanked by Nesta Guinness-Walker and Junior Hoilett.
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