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Ahead of the game | Blues battle Royals in Carabao Cup

All you need to know ahead of First Round clash

13 August 2018

We're back in RG2 on Tuesday as the Royals kick off their Carabao Cup campaign...


“Everyone is competitive for positions!”

13 August 2018

Reading vs Birmingham City
Tuesday 14th August
8pm kick-off
Carabao Cup First Round
Madejski Stadium

After the first two games of league action for the Royals, attention now turns to the First Round of the Carabao Cup - with Birmingham City the visitors at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Royals made it to the Third Round stage of the competition last season, eventually going out to Paul Clement's Swansea side last September.

Now he's in the dugout in RG2, Clement will be hoping to put a run together in the competition - starting against Garry Monk's side at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday.

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Remember, there have been a couple of rule changes in the Carabao Cup this season, including the removal of extra time - so the tie will go straight to penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes!

Advance prices are just £7 for Adult tickets, so it's a great chance to come and back the boys in a cup competition.

Birmingham were winners of the tournament back in 2011, beating Arsenal at Wembley to do so. While a repeat of that success this season is unlikely for Garry Monk and his squad, they will be coming to RG2 in the hope of getting their own cup run going.

Changes to both teams are likely, as Paul Clement keeps the whole squad match fit and gives opportunities for players to impress in a cup competition.

It'll be another competitive affair at Madejski Stadium in midweek, so make sure you're here to back the boys!


Tickets are available on the day at the Madejski Stadium, and tickets are available for this match from just £7!

Make sure to get your tickets in advance of the match to save money, with Matchday rates applying from 5pm on Tuesday 14th August.

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.

For full pricing information and seating arrangements for this fixture, click the button below.

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All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.

To see a full list of travel options, click here.

Please note, there have been a number of changes to Stagecoach bus timetables for the upcoming season, click here to see the updated timetable which will be in use for Tuesday's game.


Championship title sponsors, Sky Bet, make the Royals 11/8 favourites for victory on Tuesday night, with Birmingham out at 19/10 - the draw at 90 minutes is available at 23/10.

Having made his Royals debut on Saturday, Marc McNulty is the 5/1 favourite to score first on Tuesday. After scoring in the competition last season, Leandro Bacuna is priced at 9/2 to score any time in the game.

Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night, we've got you covered!

- Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.

- We'll have you covered on our Reading FC social media channels - on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

iFollow will also have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers - Please note that iFollow will not have video coverage of this match, as it is in the Carabao Cup.


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