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Ahead of the game | Blues battle Royals in Carabao Cup

All you need to know ahead of First Round clash

13 August 2018

We're back in RG2 on Tuesday as the Royals kick off their Carabao Cup campaign...


“Everyone is competitive for positions!”

13 August 2018

Reading vs Birmingham City
Tuesday 14th August
8pm kick-off
Carabao Cup First Round
Madejski Stadium

After the first two games of league action for the Royals, attention now turns to the First Round of the Carabao Cup - with Birmingham City the visitors at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Royals made it to the Third Round stage of the competition last season, eventually going out to Paul Clement's Swansea side last September.

Now he's in the dugout in RG2, Clement will be hoping to put a run together in the competition - starting against Garry Monk's side at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday.

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Remember, there have been a couple of rule changes in the Carabao Cup this season, including the removal of extra time - so the tie will go straight to penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes!

Advance prices are just £7 for Adult tickets, so it's a great chance to come and back the boys in a cup competition.

Birmingham were winners of the tournament back in 2011, beating Arsenal at Wembley to do so. While a repeat of that success this season is unlikely for Garry Monk and his squad, they will be coming to RG2 in the hope of getting their own cup run going.

Changes to both teams are likely, as Paul Clement keeps the whole squad match fit and gives opportunities for players to impress in a cup competition.

It'll be another competitive affair at Madejski Stadium in midweek, so make sure you're here to back the boys!


Tickets are available on the day at the Madejski Stadium, and tickets are available for this match from just £7!

Make sure to get your tickets in advance of the match to save money, with Matchday rates applying from 5pm on Tuesday 14th August.

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

For full pricing information and seating arrangements for this fixture, click the button below.

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All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.

To see a full list of travel options, click here.

Please note, there have been a number of changes to Stagecoach bus timetables for the upcoming season, click here to see the updated timetable which will be in use for Tuesday's game.


Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the Royals 11/8 favourites for victory on Tuesday night, with Birmingham out at 19/10 - the draw at 90 minutes is available at 23/10.

Having made his Royals debut on Saturday, Marc McNulty is the 5/1 favourite to score first on Tuesday. After scoring in the competition last season, Leandro Bacuna is priced at 9/2 to score any time in the game.

Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night, we've got you covered!

- Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.

- We'll have you covered on our Reading FC social media channels - on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

iFollow will also have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers - Please note that iFollow will not have video coverage of this match, as it is in the Carabao Cup.


We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.


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Match Reports

Report | Meite's magic and a sizzler from Swift!

Royals seal Second Round place

14 August 2018

Yakou Meite's first goal of the new campaign and a John Swift free-kick were enough to divide Reading and fellow Championship outfit Birmingham City, seeing the Royals through to the Second Round of the Carabao Cup.

  • Meite strikes his first of the campaign to open the scoring
  • Swift lashing in second-half free-kick to double the lead
  • Royals through to Thursday's Second Round draw

Both strikes under the Madejski Stadium floodlights were teeming with quality - and gave the Royals deserved passage into the hat for the next round.

Meite's strike was fierce, finished with razor-sharp instinct, and Swift's set-piece - won through Sam Baldock's endeavour - swirled out of reach of Blues stopper Lee Camp.

There were five changes to the starting XI after the weekend’s trip to Nottingham Forest – including a debut for Sam Walker in goal, and a first start for Marc McNulty.

Liam Moore returned to the side and was handed the captain’s armband, while midfield duo John Swift and Leandro Bacuna were the other two drafted in to freshen things up.

For Garry Monk's Blues, there were wholesale changes - none of their starters were in in their XI when they were defeated in Middlesbrough last weekend.

There was plenty of vim and vigour about the way the Royals began the game, and a neat one-two in the second minute between McNulty and strike-partner Sam Baldock almost opened things up, but the latter was crowded out.

Soon after Mo Barrow, full of pace and trickery on the left, cut in to set up Leandro Bacuna - he got under his left-footed effort and left Camp untroubled.

And that early pressure finally told in the 11th minute, when Meite opened the scoring in emphatic fashion.  The build-up was a sight to behold as Baldock caressed into McNulty's path, allowing him to flight a ball in behind for Meite to sprint onto... and he leathered in hard and low with his right boot.

After the goal, the game went into a bit of a lull - but Royals were keeping their visitors at bay.  Gary Gardner picked up a booking when he chopped down former Villa teammate Bacuna in midfield, and a flashed cross by Barrow was just out of reach of the strikers in the box.

Gardner, wearing a numberless shirt after spilling blood on his original jersey, came closest to restoring parity for Blues with a long-range effort which lacked no power, only direction.

But the Royals suffered a set-back when Barrow picked up an injury midway through the first period; Pelle Clement was called into action from the bench.

Indeed Birmingham weren't shy when it came to a bit of roughhousing; Meite and Bacuna each needed treatment before the break after taking some heavy challenges.

Debutant Walker was forced into his first save of note in Reading colours when Connor Mahoney shifted his weight in on the left to make space and fired on target from a low angle; he got down quickly to his near post.

Reading wrestled back the initiative after a spell of pressure from the visitors and Baldock was visibly frustrated at himself for bending his effort off target from the edge of the box - he had done the hard work with a gut-busting solo run from deep.

An incisive, threaded ball by McNulty almost allowed the Royals to enter the interval with a two-goal advantage as Baldock tried to steal in behind; ultimately defender Marc Roberts just did enough.

Half-time: Reading 1-0 Birmingham City

Within four minutes of the restart, Meite was oh-so-close to doubling his and Reading's tally - only for a deflection to take his bending effort just a fraction off target.  John Swift's brilliant footwork had set the move off through the middle before he played in Meite.

Mahoney was offering Birmingham's biggest threat, and the Bournemouth loanee was only a foot off target when he shimmied inside off the right flank and pulled the trigger on a powerful left-footer just before the hour mark.

And then Viv Solomon-Otobar was wasteful as Wes Harding's cross from the byline was turned over from six yards - Andy Yiadom did just enough to make the chance difficult in the centre.

It could - and perhaps should - have been a first goal in the hoops for Baldock when Meite slipped in McNulty on the left, allowing the Scotsman to square for his strike-partner all alone in the middle... but he couldn't quite sort out his feet out in time to convert.

However it Baldock helped to create Reading's second - it was his quick feet on the edge of the area which drew a free-kick, from which the Blues would be made to pay.  Swift stepped up and lashed his effort past the wall and beyond the outstretched dive of Camp.

John O'Shea replaced the lively Meite for a debut in the closing stages; the scoreline could have been more emphatic if Yiadom had kept his powerful effort down as he arrived in support of the attack.  Indeed, it could have been a nervy end had Walker not got down to block out a close-range shot from sub Che Adams, and then Beryly Lubala on a late break.

A perfect with a bit of swagger, cutting edge... a couple of goals to show for it and a place in the next round!

Full-time: Reading 2-0 Birmingham City

Reading: Walker, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Ilori, Bacuna (Rinomhota 73), Swift, Meite (O'Shea 82), Barrow (Clement 26), McNulty, Baldock.
Unused subs: Mannone, Böðvarsson, Richards, Kelly.
Goals: Meite 11, Swift 72.
Yellow: Rinomhota

Birmingham City: Camp, Roberts, Harding, Dacres-Cogley, Scarr, G.Gardner (Lakin 73), Kieftenbeld (c), Mahoney (Jota 67), Lubala, Solomon-Otabor, Bogle (Adams 67).
Unused subs: Trueman, Ndoye, Seddon, Maghoma.
Yellow: G.Gardner, Dacres-Cogley.

Attendance: 6,934 (1,021 away)

Referee: Mr D Whitestone

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Ticket News

Back us as we go for back-to-back wins…

Tickets available now for Saturday’s match

16 August 2018

Birmingham: beaten. Bolton – be here for it!

Fixture News

Secure your seat in Hospitality for Bolton on Saturday!

15 August 2018

We’re aiming to make it two Madejski Stadium wins in the space of a week.  Cup progress was earned against the Blues, and now we’re gunning to get three Championship points on the board against the Trotters.

Former Reading skipper Phil Parkinson is bringing his boys here; they’ve had a decent start to the new season.  After escaping relegation on the final day of last season – the final minutes, in fact – Bolton have started brightly.

A win at West Brom and a point against Bristol City is a decent return from their opening two games, so it’ll be a different type of stern test when we kick off at 3pm!

The one thing that we can say for sure is that every ounce of support will make a difference.  We’ve had vibrant and lively atmospheres for our first two home fixtures, and more of the same will ensure that Madejski Stadium is a place where we pick up results more often than not.

We’re unbeaten in our last eight meetings with Bolton… three points would be very welcome.  We know we’ll need to earn them.

Adult tickets begin at £20 – and as ever there are concessionary rates available for ages 65 & Over, 18-24, 17 & Under and 12 & Under.  Buy before midday on matchday to make advanced savings!

Click the banner below for all the ticket information you’ll need – that’s prices, how to buy and much more.

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