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Ahead of the game: Ruffling the Seagulls’ feathers

20 September 2016

Our match preview of tonight's EFL Cup clash

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Reading
American Express Community Stadium
EFL Cup, third round
Tuesday 20th September 2016, 7.45pm

Brighton are set to pose Jaap Stam's side a difficult test on Tuesday evening as the Royals travel down to the south coast in an attempt to progress to round four of the EFL Cup.

Brighton have only lost once at home this season, at the hands of Brentford in a 2-0 league defeat in September, so the Seagulls will be tough opponents for the Royals to turn over.

The south coast club have scored eight goals in their two games of the competition so far, putting four past Colchester in the opening round, before repeating the feat against Oxford in round two at the Kassam Stadium, running out 4-2 winners away from home.

The EFL Cup has not been quite so straight forward for the Royals, who are coming into the game off the back of an impressive win at high flying Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship. Reading opened their EFL campaign with a comfortable 2-0 home win over League 2 Plymouth, but were taken to extra time and penalties in round two by MK Dons in an enthralling encounter at Madejski Stadium. The Royals held their nerve from the spot, winning 4-2 in the shootout to set up the clash with Brighton.

Tickets will be available on the day of the fixture. On matchday, Reading supporters can book over the phone from 12pm-5pm (0844 327 1901, option 1) and in person up to kick-off (please arrive in good time).  Ticket prices stay the same, but there is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee over the phone and in person.  Collections, duplicates and in person purchases will be from the main ticket office at the North Stand end of the stadium. 

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Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR) operate coach travel to all away fixtures – click here for more information.

Otherwise, take a look at the map below for travel news.

PREVIEW | The gaffer looking to his squad, with a couple of suspensions kicking in tonight:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) September 20, 2016

Lee Probert takes charge at the Amex this evening, with the referee's last game officiating the Royals back in January 2015, in Reading's 2-1 FA Cup away win at Cardiff.

He will be assisted on the flanks by Edward Smart and Dan Cook, and the fourth official will be Brendan Malone.

Home side Brighton are favourites according to EFL title sponsors Sky Bet, at  19/20 - the Royals can be backed at 3/1 and a draw is available at 12/5.

Joseph Mendes is at 8/1 to grab a goal for the Royals this evening, while John Swift is at 9/1 to score for a second game running at any time.

We wish to politely reminder 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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