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Ahead of the game: Next test at the Amex

23 February 2017

All you need to know about the Royals' trip to Brighton in our match preview...

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Reading
Amex Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 25th February 2017, 5.30pm

The Royals head into Saturday's meeting with Brighton looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat in West Yorkshire against Huddersfield.

Despite a strong performance against the Terriers the game was decided by a late strike from Philip Billing, with Stam's side looking to take three points in front of over 2,000 traveling Royals at the Amex.

Brighton come into the clash, having picked up an away win at Barnsley last Saturday thanks to a Sam Baldock second-half brace. The 17:30 kick-off on Saturday will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Tickets for this fixture have sold out with the Royals set to take the full allocation of 2,047 to the south coast

For full ticket information for this fixture, click here.

Jaap: "Towards the end of the season you always want to make a difference. We want to stay up there."

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 23, 2017

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Hosts Brighton have been given odds of 4/6 to pick up three points this weekend, with the Royals at 17/4 to secure a win on the south coast. Sky Bet, title partners of EFL, have placed the odds of a draw between the two clubs at 13/5.

Forward Lewis Grabban is at 7/2 to score his first goal for the Royals on Saturday, with Yann Kermorgant at 11/4 to net in Yorkshire.

Peter Bankes
will be refereeing the contest on Saturday evening. The official's last game in charge of the Royals was at Pride Park when Jaap Stam's side fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat against Derby County in January.

Timothy Wood and Dan Cook will be running the lines in Brighton, with Darren Bond as fourth official.

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