Match Preview: Reading Vs Chelsea

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Chelsea will take on Championship side Reading as the Blues step up our preparations for the new season.

The Blues have so far played four games during preseason – drew against Bohemians, beat St Patrick’s 4-0, lost to Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale and beat Spanish champions Barcelona 2-1.

Date: Sunday 28 July

Time: 14:00 GMT

Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading

How to watch the game: you can stream online via Chelsea’s official website or app.

Chelsea team news: N’Golo Kante is unlikely to feature against Reading even though he has returned to training after leaving the tour of Japan early due to an ongoing knee problem. Chelsea will also be without Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who are all injured but Rudiger and Hudson-Odoi are nearing a return.

Chelsea midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater could still feature even though Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reportedly told them they can leave the club.

Predicted starting XI: ​Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Pedro, Pulisic, Giroud.

Head to head: Chelsea have faced Reading 20 times with the Blues winning ten games, drawing seven and losing three games. The last time Chelsea faced Reading in 2013, it ended 2-2.

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