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Ahead of the game | Heading home to host Hornets

A preview of our midweek tie with Watford

28 August 2018

After two fixtures and two well-earned draws on the road, we’re back in RG2 on Wednesday evening – where we’ll welcome some Premier League opposition in the form of Watford.

There’ll be a winner on the night, one way or another.  One side will progress to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup, and the tournament will end there for the other.

To get past the Hornets will be no mean feat.  Three wins from three top-flights games mean that they sit joint-top of the Premier League table in the early stages; Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs are the only other teams that also boast a perfect record.

Watford are twice semi-finalists in the competition… both times just missing out on the big day out.  It was eventual champions Nottingham Forest that defeated the Hornets in 1979, and then the 2005 runners-up Liverpool most recently.

After we knocked Birmingham out in the first round, now we’ll be aiming to halt Watford's progress at the Second Round stage this time – it's their first involvement, after receiving a bye in the previous round.  If it’s level at the full-time whistle, it’s straight to spot-kicks.


Tickets for this fixture are priced as low as £10 for Adults when bought in advance, with Concessions available too.  Buy before 5pm on matchday to get the best rates!

Parking at both Madejski Stadium and the Greyhound Stadium will cost £5 for this fixture.

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

Pre-match chat


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 that parking at Madejski Stadium and the Greyhound Stadium will be priced at £5 for this fixture.

Follow it Live!

If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium, 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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

iFollow will also have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers – please note that this Carabao Cup fixture will not be available to stream internationally.


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