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Ahead of the game: Royals vs Everton

22 September 2015

A look ahead to midweek cup clash with the Toffees

Reading vs Everton
Tuesday 22nd September 2015, 8pm
Capital One Cup, third round
Madejski Stadium

50 years ago to the day since our most emphatic League Cup triumph – a 5-1 victory against Southend United at Elm Park – we host Everton for a place in the fourth round of the competition.

It hasn’t been the plainest sailing for either team to make it to this evening’s game – Colchester showed enough resolve to take Reading to extra-time in the first round, before Chris Gunter netted an extra-time winner, and goals from Nick Blackman and Garath McCleary completed a turnaround after Portsmouth had led through Conor Chaplin.  The Toffees entered in the second round, and needed extra-time to overcome a stubborn Barnsley team 5-3.

Both teams have enjoyed a good start to their league campaigns – with both sides sitting sixth in their respective league tables – but it’s all about the knock-out competition when the teams meet tonight.

All stands
Advance season ticket holders*
Advance non-season ticket holders*
All matchday tickets (from 5pm onwards)
17 & Under
65 & over

*Advance prices end at 5pm on matchday.

For full ticketing information, including how to buy, click here.

We have more ticket collections than usual for this fixture, as it is a cup game – so please aim to arrive as early as possible if you are collecting in order to avoid big queues.

We’re expecting a busy evening at Madejski Stadium – so however you’re getting here, make sure you leave ample time to arrive and get to the ground, as well as picking up your tickets if necessary.

Make sure you follow @reading_buses on Twitter or click here for their travel info on tonight’s game.

Reading manager Steve Clarke: “We’re looking forward to a really good Capital One Cup tie against Everton this week, and we’re looking to continue this run.  The players are relishing the challenge.”

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “It’s a really difficult tie and it’s being away from home which always makes it harder in a competition that as a football club we haven’t been very lucky over the years. It’s something that we want to try to rectify.”

In this League Cup addition of ‘The Royal’, we take a look at career highlights in the competition of our current squad members, take an in-depth look at opponents Everton, look back at a weekend win in Bristol, as well as notes from captain Paul McShane and manager Steve Clarke ahead of a game against Premier League opposition.  Pick up your copy in or around the ground for £3.

Referee Keith Hill takes charge of his ninth game of the season – he has already flourished a red card on three occasions this term, with goalkeepers Rob Green and David Marshall taking an early bath for QPR and Cardiff respectively in his last two outings.  Hill was fourth official a week ago when we faced Derby on our own turf – we were victorious the last time he officiated one of our games, as Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Williams helped us to a 2-1 victory away at Wolves.  Dean Treleaven and Chris Powell are set to run the line, while Tim Robinson mans the fourth official's board.

Football League title partners Sky Bet fancy the Premier League outfit to be favourites tonight, with Everton priced 23/20 for a win, compared to 23/10 for a Reading victory and 12/5 for a draw.

Garath McCleary was the match winner in the last round, and he’s 4/1 to find the net during the 90 minutes for the Royals.  Meanwhile Chris Gunter, who grabbed our winner in round one, is 33/1 to net the final goal of the game.

From 6pm supporters can visit the Royals Fun Zone, just outside the North Stand, Gate 6.  Football based games will be available for young fans to put their skills to the test!  The Fun Zone will also be open at half-time for supporters to come and have fun.

And thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at the brand new ‘Royals Rendezvous’ before the game.  Located outside the East Stand the new area is an ideal place to catch up and enjoy a drink with fellow fans before the action kicks off!

Don’t forget to get your Golden Gamble ticket – the draw, sponsored by STAR, will be made at half-time.  Tickets can be purchased from designated sellers based around the stadium, for just £1.  There are two prizes up for grabs: a cash prize or an item of Reading FC merchandise, signed by the team!  All funds go to the Reading FC Community Trust. 

You can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on Reading FC PlayerHD for as little as £4.49 per month.  Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else. 

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

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