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Ahead of the game: A battle with the Blues

31 January 2017

All you need to know ahead of our trip to Birmingham...

The Royals will be traveling to the second city looking for a third win in a row on Tuesday evening. Following back to back home wins over Fulham and Cardiff Jaap and his squad will be looking to pick up a victory on the road.

Birmingham have been having a difficult time of late, having not won a game in their last nine. Their last outing was a 2-0 defeat away at Norwich City on Saturday, but Gianfranco Zola's Blues will be desperate to take three points in front of a home crowd on Tuesday night.

Tickets will be available to buy on the day of the game at St Andrew's for visiting supporters. All tickets will be available at the away turnstiles (cash only).

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After a hard fought win over Cardiff the gaffer is expecting an equally difficult task on Tuesday at St Andrew's:

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The Royals are at 7/4 to pick up three points at St Andrew's on Tuesday , with the hosts Birmingham at odds of 6/4 to secure a home victory. Sky Bet, title partners of EFL, have placed the odds of a draw between the two clubs at 23/10.

Reading forward Garath McCleary is at odds of 2/1 to score for Reading in Birmingham on Tuesday evening. Midfielder John Swift has been given 100/30 odds to net against the Blues.

Jeremy Simpson
will be the man in charge in Birmingham. Simpson was last in charge of a Royals game back on the 17th of December during Reading's thrilling 3-2 away win at Blackburn Rovers.

Nigel Lugg and Nick Hopton will be running the lines on Tuesday, with Darren Bond as fourth official.

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