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Match Preview: Birmingham

21 March 2014

Build up to St Andrew's clash

Birmingham City vs Reading   
Saturday 22nd March, 3pm 
Sky Bet Championship   
St Andrew's 

Team News
Reading: Sean Morrison returned to action for 60 minutes in a training ground friendly this week, but the game with Birmingham will come too soon for first team action. Pavel Pogrebnyak returned from injury to the bench for last weekend's clash with Derby. Hal Robson-Kanu came off after 30 minutes against the Rams with an injury, whilst Danny Williams has missed the last three games with a knee problem. 

Birmingham City: Birmingham could be without on-loan Manchester City midfielder Emyr Huws, who has an injured hip. But veteran defender Paul Robinson has recovered from a head injury and should be fit to start against the Royals.

Tickets
Tickets are off sale from Madejski Stadium but will be available on the day from the away turnstile at the prices below. The Royals have an allocation of 1676, with just over 800 sold as of Thursday lunchtime. Please note that all under 15s must be accompanied by an adult or they will be refused entry at the turnstile. 

Category
Price
Adults 
£25 
65 & Over 
£15 
Student (NUS card required) 
£15 
13 to 18 years 
£10 
Under 13 
£5 



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Travel and Parking 
For full travel details click here. As well as some street parking in the vicinity, there is a small car park at the ground next to the visitors' entrance. There is a secure independent car park near the stadium based at Birmingham Wheels which is located at Adderley Road South, Birmingham. B8 1AD. (There is a £5 charge) 

Birmingham Factfile
Full name: Birmingham City Football Club 
Nickname: Blues
Founded: 1875 as Small Heath Alliance
Ground: St Andrew's
Capacity: 30,016
Manager: Lee Clark
Last season: 12th in the Championship 

Head-to-head
Reading wins: 9 
Draws: 10   
Birmingham wins: 8 

Last Five
English Championship - Sat 28th Sep 2013 - Reading 2-0 Birmingham
English Championship - Sat 28th Apr 2012 - Birmingham 2-0 Reading
English Championship - Sun 6th Nov 2011 - Reading 1-0 Birmingham 
English Championship - Sun 3th May 2009 - Reading 1-2 Birmingham 
English Championship - Sat 20th Dec 2008 - Birmingham 1-3 Reading

Pre-match talk
Royals manager Nigel Adkins: "We are looking forward to the first game of another good week, Birmingham away is always going to be a challenging fixture."

Reading midfielder Royston Drenthe: "I want to keep fighting, I want to get this club as high as possible. The club is in my heart. It's not about me, it's about our team spirit."
The Officials
Referee: Dean Whitestone 
Assistants: David Avent and Joe Hull
Fourth Official: Geoffrey Russell

Live Commentary
You can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live commentary on Reading FC Player. 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.

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES
Reading v Barnsley 
Tuesday 25th March, kick-off 8pm
Reading v Huddersfield 
Saturday 29th March, kick-off 3pm
Reading v Leicester 
Monday 14th April, kick-off 8.07pm

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