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3 December 2013

Key info on Addicts clash

Reading v Charlton Athletic
3rd December 2013, 8pm
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium - click here to buy tickets
Download the guide to the game byclicking here.

Team News

Royals: Chris Gunter will serve his one match suspension after the red card picked up against Forest on Friday evening. Royston Drenthe is close to a return after travelling with the squad to the City Ground, though Chris Baird is sidelined with an ankle problem. Sean Morrison, Wayne Bridge, Jem Karacan, Mikele Leigertwood and Jason Roberts remain in the treatment room.

Charlton: Former Royals stopper Ben Hamer is likely to miss out with an ankle injury, so Ben Alnwick keeps his place. The game is likely to come too soon for Chris Solly to return from a knee problem, and fellow defender Leon Cort, who also has a knee problem, is out.

Advanced sales finish at 5.30pm, after which matchday prices apply.

Lower West, East, & North
Member Advance
Non-member Advance
Concessions (17-21 or 65 and over)£17
16 and Under
Upper West

Concessions (17-21 or 65 and over)£22
16 and Under

Head to head
Reading League Wins: 12
Charlton League Wins: 10
League Draws: 10

Last five
Carling Cup - Tue 23 Aug 2011 - Charlton 2-1 Reading
English Championship - Tue 10 Mar 2009 - Reading 2-2 Charlton
English Championship - Sat 23 Aug 2008 - Charlton 4-2 Reading
Premiership - Mon 9 Apr 2007 - Charlton 0-0 Reading
Premiership - Sat 18 Nov 2006 - Reading 2-0 Charlton

In quotes
Royals boss Nigel Adkins: ""We've won one and drawn one in two away matches, before that we drew with QPR who you would expect to be up there, now it's two at home and we've got to capitalise on that. We need everyone to get behind the players in those games and see if we can get maximum points from them."

Reading midfielder Jordan Obita: "I find I tend to go on a run of goals after I get my first, which I'm hoping happens now. That's what I want to do - I want to score goals for this club."

Charlton Boss Chris Powell: "We haven't scored enough, that is in black and white. We don't concede too many for a side in the bottom half but goals win games. You need to score, even if you just nick one that can be enough."

The Officials
Referee: Darren Sheldrake
Assistants: Andrew Laver and Dean Treleaven
Fourth Official: Michael Bull

Matchday Programme
Our matchday programme features a special Showcase look at the club's community cohesion work, as well as an in depth feature interview with Alex Pearce. There's also the complete lowdown on tonight's opponents, including former Royals Ben Hamer, Andy Hughes and Simon Church.

Community Cohesion
The First Team and Guard of Honour will be wearing special warm up t-shirts tonight, these are designed to symbolise the work we are delivering in the local community, via the Community Trust, ensuring cohesion. The t-shirts display a ‘Community Cohesion’ message alongside logos of football’s governing bodies including both Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card – two key organisations the club works in conjunction with.

Click here for full travel information. Please note the last bus to leave the Stadium this evening will depart at 22:41pm from Northern Way (Service F1). If you have a child under the age of 8 in your car, you will be eligible to park in our special designated area for £10 – spaces are first come, first served.

Supporters can get hold of Beer and Hotdog tokens from both the West and the East stand. Tokens can be bought from the bar as well as from a hawker and pick up their items from the collection point at half time. Supporters in the Upper stands can also order from their phone on the move - click here for more info. Don't forget about Kingsley's lunch bag! Youngsters can order food to their seat up to 15 minutes before click off. Click here for more information.

Odds - click here for more.
Match Odds: Reading win 10/11, Charlton win 3/1, Draw 5/2
First Scorer: Pavel Pogrebnyak 9/2, Jordan Obita 8/1, Garath McCleary 10/1, Simon Church 8/1

Live Commentary
Not going to Madejski Stadium? Not to worry - we've got it covered!

You can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live commentary on Reading FC Player. Tune this evening - you can also catch pre-match and post-match chat as the Royals do battle with the Addicks. Sign up to Player by clicking here, it's just 10p a day, and you get tons of other exclusive videos.

As ever, we'll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and don't forget to follow our Instagram page OfficialReadingFC for loads of exclusive images.

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