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Royals to host Swans in Carabao Cup

Premier League opposition for Jaap Stam's side in the Third Round!

24 August 2017

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The Royals have been drawn to play at home to Swansea City in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup after the draw was made in China in the early hours of this morning.

The draw took place via the @Carabao_Cup Twitter feed, with the seven Premier League sides who qualified for UEFA European competitions entering the draw for the first time.

The draw was unseeded and Reading were the tenth tie to be drawn out of the hat, pitted against Paul Clement's Premier League side who will come to Madejski Stadium in the week commencing 18th September 2017.

The Royals last played Swansea in the competition almost exactly ten years ago when ten man Reading edged through thanks to an extra-time winner from Leroy Lita at the Liberty Stadium in 2007.

And two years earlier Reading had required extra time to see off the Swans at Madejski Stadium, winning 3-1 after that extra half an hour courtesy of cup goals from Lita again and Dave Kitson (two). Adebayo Akinfenwa had taken that tie beyond the ninety with a late equaliser in RG2 in 2005.

The teams last met in the Premier League in 2012, when the sides couldn't be separated in Wales nor in Berkshire - an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium was followed by a goalless affair on Boxing Day that year.

Swansea reached the Third Round by coming from behind to beat MK Dons 4-1 on Tuesday night, while the Royals have seen of the threat of Gillingham and Millwall to reach this stage of the competition.


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