Get the lowdown on all you need to know ahead of the weekend's EmirateFA Cup tie...
Stevenage vs Reading
Saturday 6th January 2018
Emirates FA Cup, Third Round
The Lamex Stadium
For the third time in seven years, Stevenage are our opponents in the Emirates FA Cup. This time around, we travel back to the Lamex Stadium against the League Two side.
In our previous Cup encounters, it's honours even as both sides have taken one win apiece to date.
Our last visit to the Lamex yielded a late 2-1 victory in a dogged Cup tie back in 2011. Mikele Leigertwood gave the Royals an early lead before the Boro struck back with Darius Charles 20 minutes from time.
Shane Long sent the Royals through on the day with his 87th minute winner, and the current batch of Reading players will be hoping to put themselves in the pot for Round Four once morewith victory on Saturday.
Jaap Stam and his side will be aiming for a strong Cup run this time around, following a Third Round defeat at Manchester United last season.
There will be almost 1,400 travelling Royals backing the boys at the Lamex on Saturday, as we get our FA Cup campaign underway for the season.
Tickets for this match have been declared a sell-out in the Reading end.
However, our Ticket Office is contactable on 0118 968 1313 for all ticketing enquiries.
EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have the Royals as even-money favourites for a safe passage to the next round of the Cup, with hosts Stevenage at 12/5. You can find odds of 5/2 for the match to be taken to a replay.
Ben Toner will be overseeing proceedings at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Having primarily officiated in Leagues One and Two this season, this will also be his second FA Cup match of the campaign so far.
Mr Toner's assistants on the day will be Nigel Lugg and Mark Griffiths, with Alan Dale on hand as fourth official.
Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link by clicking here.
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