As it happened: Reading 0-2 AFC Bournemouth in the Championship
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21:10a month ago

Thanks for joining me!

Thanks for following my coverage of tonight's Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Bournemouth.

The unbeaten Cherries break a club record, go five points clear and make it five consecutive wins.

See you next time!

20:58a month ago

Five consecutive wins for the Cherries


20:53a month ago

Full-time: Reading 0-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth have regained their five-point lead at the top of the Championship after beating Reading 2-0!

The Cherries break a club record that dates back 60 years by going the first 15 games of the season unbeaten. 

Meanwhile, it's a third straight defeat for the Royals.

20:51a month ago

90+2' Chance for Reading

John Swift delivers a free-kick and finds Scott Dann, whose header is well saved by Mark Travers.
20:50a month ago

Three minutes added

The fourth official indicates a minimum of three minutes added time at the end of the second half.
20:49a month ago

90' Booking for Mepham

Bournemouth's Chris Mepham picks up a late yellow card.
20:49a month ago

89' Reading denied penalty

The Royals are denied a penalty after what appeared to be a foul on Andy Yiadom by Lloyd Kelly.
20:46a month ago

87' Solanke fires over

Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke shoots from outside the box, but it's over the crossbar.
20:44a month ago

85' Reading change

Reading's George Puscas is replaced by Jahmari Clarke.

Fair to say that it hasn't been the Romanian's night.

20:38a month ago

79' Reading corner

Reading win a corner after a challenge by Chris Mepham. 

It comes to nothing, and Bournemouth get a goal-kick.

20:31a month ago

72' Billing effort saved

Philip Billing's strike from outside the box is saved by Luke Southwood.

It wasn't the most convincing save, and it's behind for a Bournemouth corner.

20:28a month ago

70' Bournemouth change

The Cherries make their third change, which sees Chris Mepham replace Jordan Zemura.
20:24a month ago

Lowe's goal


20:21a month ago

More on the goal

Philip Billing wins possession for Bournemouth and plays it into substitute Jamal Lowe, who gets into the box before expertly placing the ball into the bottom corner.

It's his third goal in as many visits to Reading.

20:18a month ago

59' GOAL! Lowe doubles Bournemouth's lead!

Jamal Lowe doubles Bournemouth's lead with an excellent finish!
20:17a month ago

58' Solanke shot blocked

Jamal Lowe almost makes an instant impact as his low cross finds Dominic Solanke, whose effort is well blocked by Baba Rahman.
20:15a month ago

56' Bournemouth change

Bournemouth make their second change, which sees Jamal Lowe replace Jaidon Anthony.

Anthony had also been booked, so Scott Parker is clearly taking no chances tonight.

20:13a month ago

53' Chance for Reading

Another chance for Reading after John Swift's cross reaches George Puscas, whose effort is over the crossbar. 

A corner is given as it's deemed to have come off Lloyd Kelly, but it comes to nothing.

20:08a month ago

A stat that doesn't bode well for Reading...

Bournemouth have only lost once after taking the lead in 35 games since September 2020, with 27 wins and seven draws.
20:05a month ago

46' We're back underway!

The second half is underway at the Select Car Leasing Stadium!
20:04a month ago

Substitution for Bournemouth

The visitors make a change for the second half. 

Gavin Kilkenny, who had been booked, is replaced by Ben Pearson.

19:56a month ago

Solanke's goal


19:50a month ago

Half-time: Reading 0-1 Bournemouth

League leaders Bournemouth go in 1-0 up at half-time. 

One chance was all Dominic Solanke needed to give his side the lead.

Can Reading find a way back in the second half?

19:47a month ago

Three minutes added

Three minutes are added at the end of the first half.
19:46a month ago

More on the goal

Jaidon Anthony's corner finds Gary Cahill at the back post. Cahill's header across goal reaches Dominic Solanke, who heads the Cherries into the lead from close range!
19:44a month ago

43' GOAL! Solanke gives Bournemouth the lead!

Dominic Solanke heads Bournemouth into the lead!
19:39a month ago

38' Booking for Anthony

Bournemouth's Jaidon Anthony fouls Andy Yiadom and is the latest player to be booked. 
19:38a month ago

37' Booking for Kilkenny

Bournemouth's Gavin Kilkenny receives a yellow card after fouling John Swift.
19:35a month ago

35' Cahill able to continue

After receiving treatment, Bournemouth defender Gary Cahill is able to continue. 

Good news for Scott Parker.

19:33a month ago

32' Chance for Bournemouth

There's a chance for Bournemouth's Ryan Christie inside the box, but his effort is high and wide.
19:32a month ago

30' Bournemouth starting to take control

After a good start by Reading, Bournemouth are starting to find their way into the game. 

Still yet to test Royals goalkeeper Luke Southwood, however.

19:22a month ago

21' Chance for Bournemouth

Bournemouth work a short corner well and a cross finds Gary Cahill, but the experienced defender cannot hit the target.
19:19a month ago

18' Chance for Reading

John Swift delivers a rabona cross after beating Gary Cahill. It finds George Puscas, who is unable to hit the target.
19:18a month ago

Zemura able to continue

Jordan Zemura received treatment after the foul by Josh Laurent. 

Luckily for Bournemouth, he is able to continue.

19:15a month ago

13' Yellow card for Josh Laurent

Reading's Josh Laurent is booked for a foul on Josh Zemura.
19:08a month ago

7' Offside against Swift

Reading have a chance as George Puscas' header finds John Swift. 

Swift plays it back to the Romanian, who fires wide. 

However, Swift was offside in the build-up anyway.

19:01a month ago

1' We're underway!

We're underway at the Select Car Leasing Stadium!
19:00a month ago

Minute's silence

We will observe a minute's silence ahead of kick-off, with this being Reading's last home game before Remembrance Day.
18:57a month ago

The teams are out!

Reading and Bournemouth make their way onto the pitch, and we're just moments away from kick-off!
18:52a month ago

Bournemouth players warming up


18:50a month ago

10 minutes until kick-off!

We're just 10 minutes away from kick-off in tonight's Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Bournemouth! 

Who will come out on top? You'll find out here on VAVEL!

18:45a month ago

Official teamsheet


18:31a month ago

Reading looking to win consecutive league games against Bournemouth for the first time since 2001

Following their 3-1 home win against Bournemouth back in January, Reading are looking to record consecutive league wins against the Cherries for the first time since April 2001, when Alan Pardew was manager (Sky Sports). 
18:26a month ago

Bournemouth's Mark Travers speaking to Sky Sports


18:20a month ago

Tonight's venue


18:13a month ago

Bournemouth two points clear

League leaders Bournemouth are two points above second-placed Fulham going into tonight's game, following the Cottagers' 3-0 win against West Brom this afternoon.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a hat-trick for the hosts to take his season tally to 18.


18:08a month ago

Bournemouth unchanged

Cherries boss Scott Parker has unsurprisingly named the same side that beat Huddersfield Town last weekend. 

Lewis Cook returns to the Bournemouth squad for the first time since March.

18:06a month ago

One change for Reading

Reading have made one change from last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, as George Puscas comes in for the injured Femi Azeez.

Puscas is still looking for his first goal of the season.

18:01a month ago

Bournemouth starting line-up


18:01a month ago

Reading starting line-up


17:50a month ago

Good evening!

Welcome back to our coverage of tonight's Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Bournemouth.

We'll have the confirmed line-ups in 10 minutes!


00:53a month ago

That's all for now!

I'll be back closer to kick-off for the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Bournemouth with more pre-match build-up and the confirmed line-ups. 

See you then!

00:48a month ago

How to watch

The match starts at 20:00 BST on Saturday 30 October 2021 and will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning on the latter at 19:30 BST.

However, if you want to follow live text updates, VAVEL is the place for you!

00:43a month ago

Scott Parker pre-match comments

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker also spoke to the media ahead of his side's trip to Reading. Here's what he said.

On the prospect of breaking the club's record best start to a season: “It’s really impressive, whether the record is there or not I think it’s really impressive what we’ve done so far," he said.

“It’s impressive even if it was 25 games back in whenever it was, what’s impressive at this moment in time is how we’re going about our work, winning games, it’s a big feat in itself.

“So while there’s a record to be broken, like I always say to you, I’m not too focussed on that. I give this team big props for where they are currently and what we’ve done currently, of course it always helps if you do break records it probably gives you a little bit more, but the main focus is maintaining (the form) really.”

On overcoming last season's disappointment: “Last year was obviously disappointment (play-off defeat), I get that, so there’s probably psychological elements," he continued.

“But like anything, you start a new campaign and there’s a little bit of a hangover. But the boys have hit the ground really running, they’ve hit the ground in terms of what I’ve asked of them and what I want from them.

“They’ve done so wholeheartedly and hence they’re getting the rewards at this moment in time. We need to understand what’s got us to this position, what’s getting Dom Solanke on 10 goals what he’s got so far, Ryan Christie five assists, eight clean sheets.

“Each individual accolade. And what’s getting us there is ultimately hard work and commitment. Being brave to learn from your mistakes, being brave to come in when you’re tired on the training ground after a Saturday, Wednesday game and then Thursday comes along and you have to get back out there again.

“You have to think about the end goal, and the end goal is a trophy or a promotion, or success. Or you live in the moment and you want to slip off, we’ve not done that at the moment. And that’s why we have done well.”

00:38a month ago

Veljko Paunovic pre-match comments

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic spoke to the club's media ahead of the game, here's what he said. 

On his side's preparation: “It’s been good to have a full week to work with,” he said. “And after the difficult week we had last week, it was necessary to have time for us to reflect on our performances and look at where we can improve.

“We have our own strengths and weaknesses and challenges we have to deal with, none of this is anything new.

“But we have to find the right balance between different moments in the game – reacting in the right way to moments where we are struggling, knowing the moments in the game where you have to hustle, seizing moments when you can control the game and the moments in the game where you can excel. Getting that balance is the main thing for us to improve.”

On facing Bournemouth: “It’s an exciting game, playing against the team who are top of the table. It is a great challenge for us, but it is also a great opportunity for us.

“It’s going to be a hard game – they have a lot of qualities, a lot of confidence and they are in fantastic form.

“But we are in a similar place to where we were when we went to Fulham, who were also flying when we met them. And we know that we can have good performances against teams who play some of the best football.

“You always have to look to improve, you always have to try to stay on track to what you want to achieve.

“And we have to adjust so many times, due to our injury situation - it has been a difficult challenge. But not unsolvable.

“And we have proven already this season that we are capable of overcoming these challenges and getting back on track.”

00:33a month ago

Reading v Bournemouth prediction

Reading have been inconsistent this season but registered an impressive victory at Fulham in September.

However, I expect Bournemouth to continue their formidable run and leave with all three points.

Prediction: Reading 1-2 Bournemouth

00:28a month ago

Previous meetings

Reading won the last meeting 3-1 in January at the Select Car Leasing Stadium. 

However, that was their first victory in this fixture in nine attempts. Bournemouth won the previous five before that, including a 4-2 win at the Vitality Stadium last November.

In total, they've met 114 times. Bournemouth have won 46 to Reading's 43, with 25 draws.

00:23a month ago

One to watch - Bournemouth

Bournemouth's one to watch is their top scorer Dominic Solanke. The 24-year-old has scored 10 goals in the opening 14 games, with only Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic and Blackburn's Ben Brereton Diaz scoring more. 

Solanke scored a brace in the 3-0 win against Huddersfield and will hope to add to his tally on Saturday. 

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00:18a month ago

One to watch - Reading

Reading's one to watch is midfielder John Swift. The 26-year-old is the Royals' top scorer this season with eight goals while also providing six assists. 

He joined the club in 2016 after leaving Chelsea, where he made one first-team appearance. 

His dead-ball prowess and playmaking ability could cause the Cherries some issues. 

Only Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic has more goal contributions in the Championship than Swift so far this season.

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00:13a month ago

Team news - Bournemouth

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook could make the squad for the first time this season after recovering from a long-term knee injury. 

Wideman Junior Stanislas is likely to miss out due to a recurrence of a hamstring issue. 

Predicted line-up: Travers; Stacey, Cahill, Kelly, Zemura; Lerma, Kilkenny, Billing; Christie, Solanke, Anthony.

00:08a month ago

Team news - Reading

Reading could be without Femi Azeez after he sustained a hamstring problem in last week's 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Tom Holmes and Felipe Araruna both started for the Under-23s on Monday against Southampton. 

Holmes went off injured against Fulham in September, which was his last start for the Royals. The defender was an unused substitute in Reading's previous two games. 

Araruna is returning from a long-term setback, and it's unclear whether he'll be in the squad. 

Predicted line-up: Southwood; Yiadom, Moore, Dann, Rahman; Drinkwater, Laurent; Dele-Bashiru, Swift, Ejaria; Puscas.

00:03a month ago

The match officials

The referee for this match will be Oliver Langford. His assistants are Rob Smith and Bhupinder Gill, while Andy Davies is the fourth official.
23:58a month ago

Bournemouth looking for fifth straight victory

League leaders Bournemouth will be looking to record their fifth consecutive win on Saturday. 

The Cherries are unbeaten in all of their opening 14 games, winning 10 and drawing four. 

They won 3-0 at home to Huddersfield Town last weekend and will stay top this weekend no matter what.

If they avoid defeat against Reading, they will become the first team since Brighton in 2015/16 to go the first 15 Championship games unbeaten (Sky Sports).

23:53a month ago

Reading looking to end Bournemouth's unbeaten run

Reading will be looking to be the first side to beat Bournemouth in the league this season.

The Royals have 19 points from their opening 14 games and are also looking to end a two-game losing streak.

23:48a month ago

The match will take place at the Select Car Leasing Stadium

Saturday night's match will take place at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading.

The Stadium has a capacity of 24,161, and this will be Bournemouth's eighth visit.

23:43a month ago


Welcome to's coverage of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Bournemouth.

My name is Dale Winfield, and I'll be your host for this game. 

We will provide you with pre-match build-updates, team news, and live updates throughout the game!