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Ahead of the game | Royals to battle Swans for last 16 place

Premier League side descend on Madejski Stadium in Carabao Cup

18 September 2017

Get the lowdown on all you need to know ahead of a visit from Swansea City on Tuesday night...

Reading v Swansea City
Tuesday 19th September
Carabao Cup Third Round
Madejski Stadium
8pm kick-off

The Royals return to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night to take on Premier League side Swansea City for a place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup!


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Following Saturday's hard-earned point away at Brentford, Jaap Stam's side are hoping to continue their cup run into the last 16 after victories against Gillingham and Millwall in the competition so far.

As for the Swans, a strong starting line-up comfortably dispatched League One's MK Dons 4-1 in the last round, before being drawn against the Royals at this stage.

Paul Clement's side have started the Premier League with just one win from their first five matches, but go into this Carabao Cup tie off the back of a solid performance and clean sheet against title contenders Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday evening.

With tickets available for just £10 for Adult Season Ticket holders and £12 for Adult non-Season Ticket holders, get yourselves down to Madejski Stadium for an evening of cup action! 


Around the ground

Our Royals Fun Zone will be open before the match at Madejski Stadium, come down early and get the family involved in all of our usual pre-match activities! 

Pre-match chat

Club News

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We're sorry to advise that there are no longer any on-site betting facilities at Madejski Stadium outside of Hospitality, but Championship title sponsors Sky Bet are offering odds of 13/5 for the Royals to get through to the last 16 of the competition inside 90 minutes.

The Premier League opposition are Evens to qualify in 90 minutes, with the draw at the full-time whistle priced at 5/2

As the tie has to be decided on the night, the Royals are 14/1 to win the cup tie in extra time, and are available at 12/1 to win the match on penalties.


Andy Davies will be the person in charge of proceedings on Tuesday night. The Hampshire-based official will be refereeing his second Carabao Cup game of the season, after Crystal Palace's 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town in the Second Round. 

His last Madejski match was back in March, a 0-0 draw for the Royals against eventual Championship winners Newcastle United. So far this season, Davies is averaging 3.5 yellow cards per match, and is yet to send a player off this term.

Davies will be assisted on the night by Timothy Wood and Nick Hopton, with John Brooks as fourth official on the night.


The M4 westbound was due to be closed at 10pm on Tuesday night, but at the request of the club it has been agreed that the road will remain open after the game's conclusion, inclusive of if the match goes to extra time and penalties. 

As with the Millwall fixture in the previous round, parking at Madejski Stadium for Tuesday night's match will cost £10, and parking at the Greyhound Stadium will cost £7.

There are a number of cost effective and convenient ways to get to Reading FC matches. In addition to onsite and offsite car parking, there are multiple bus routes serving Madejski Stadium and some of these include fares subsidised by the club.

Parking at Madejski Stadium is limited and comes at a premium price. We encourage supporters to explore all travel options before deciding to park onsite. For full information about the options available on standard matchdays, please click here.


Tickets for this game start from just £10 for Adult Season Ticket holders, and only £5 for Concessions! Seating will also be unreserved on the night, with the Eamonn Dolan Stand also set to be open for the match as well.

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to


We wish to politely remind 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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