Reading vs Chelsea

2019 pre-season friendly

Venue: Madejski Stadium

Kick-off time: 3pm BST, today

Chelsea are back in the UK as they continue their pre-season preparations against Reading at the Madejski Stadium today.

After trips to Ireland and Japan, the Blues head to Berkshire as Frank Lampard continues to get his squad ready for their season opener against Manchester United on August 11.

Trips to RB Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach follow for Chelsea, with Reading gearing up for their Championship opener against Sheffield Wednesday on August 3.

Here’s what you need to know…

Reading vs Chelsea predicted lineups and team news

The Chelsea squad returned to London on Wednesday morning and were given two days off after their trip to Saitama.

N’Golo Kante rejoined the group on Friday having returned to the UK early to recover from a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Matt Miazga has left the Blues to re-sign for Reading on a season-long loan deal.

Possible Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Giroud

Possible Reading XI: Virginia, Yiadom, Moore, Morrison, Blackett, Rinomhota, Swift, Barrow, Barrett, Olise, Meite

Prediction: Reading 1-2 Chelsea

The Blues are kicking into gear nicely with that impressive performance against Barcelona offering more insight into what we can expect from Lampard’s side this season.

The Royals will be taking part in their final warm-up game before the new season starts however and will hope to keep it competitive.


For ticket information click here to head to Reading’s website. 


Betting tips via Betfair | UK users only | Subject to change

Match odds

  • Reading to win: 11/2
  • Chelsea to win: 1/3
  • Draw: 15/4

First goalscorer

  • Tammy Abraham: 16/5
  • Olivier Giroud: 4/1
  • Michy Batshuayi: 4/1
  • Pedro: 11/2
  • Christian Pulisic: 7/1

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TV channel and live stream information

Today’s Reading vs Chelsea clash is available to stream live on Chelsea’s official website and through their 5th Stand app.

If you are watching through the 5th Stand app, the match is available for £1.99. The game can be purchased from five hours before kick-off.

Chelsea’s remaining pre-season games can be watched on the club website for £10.99. 

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