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1 October 2013

Key info for Tykes clash

Team News
Barnsley:  The hosts will be without on-loan defender Peter Ramage for Tuesday's league match because he has a back injury. Tom Kennedy is expected to continue to deputise in his absence.

Reading: Jobi McAnuff trained on Friday and Saturday so should be available, while striker Nick Blackman could also return. Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams are unlikely to be fit, while Mikele Leigertwood is progressing well and could play an under 21s game soon.

Advanced sales will end at 12pm on Tuesday 1st October. Tickets can be bought on the night but please note that the Student and U12 concessions will not be available. More info available by clicking here.

65 & Over
Under 18
Student (18-20)*
Under 12*

By car: Reach the M1 via M4 & M25/M40/M69 and at junction 37, take the A628 exit to Manchester/Barnsley. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Dodworth Rd/A628 and follow the signs.
Stadium postcode: S71 1ET
By train: You can reach Barnsley via Crosscountry and Northern Rail service, changes and Birmingham/Sheffield.

Barnsley factfile
Full name: Barnsley Football Club
Nicknames: The Tykes, The Reds
Founded: 1887 (125 years ago)
Ground: Oakwell, capacity 23,000
Owner: Patrick Cryne
Chairman: Maurice Watkins
Manager: David Flitcroft
Last season: 21st in Championship

Head to head
Barnsley wins: 25
Draws: 16
Reading wins 27

Barnsley: WLLLL
Reading: WDWWW

Last five meetings
English Championship - Sat 17 Mar 2012 - Barnsley 0 - 4 Reading    
English Championship - Sat 20 Aug 2011 - Reading 1 - 2 Barnsley    
English Championship - Sat 19 Mar 2011 - Barnsley 0 - 1 Reading    
English Championship - Sat 25 Sep 2010 - Reading 3 - 0 Barnsley    
English Championship - Sat 30 Jan 2010 - Reading 1 - 0 Barnsley

In quotes
Barnsley boss David Flitcroft: "We've got a lot of teams yet that we can beat and will beat. We won't lose the will to fight."

Royals manager Nigel Adkins: "The spirit is high, the momentum is good, and our squad of players is good. I want to keep driving everybody on. We set our bar very high."

Reading defender Alex Pearce: "It's going to be a tough game up at Oakwell, it's always a tough place to go. If teams are going to get promoted they need to go to places like that and win. We'll be looking to do the same thing - go up there, keep a clean sheet and look to win the game."

Royals midfielder Danny Guthrie: "We've got a massive week ahead and we want two more wins to take it up to nine points for the week, the maximum, and go into the international break on a high."

Odds - click here to see some great odds with Sky Bet
Reading to win 2-0: 9/1
Barnsley to be winning at half time, but Reading win: 25/1
Billy Sharp to score first: 11/2

The Officials
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Assistants: Mark Jones and Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: Mark Dwyer

Live Commentary
Not going to Barnsley? 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 in on Tuesday evening - you can also catch pre-match and post-match chat as the Royals do battle with the Tykes. 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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