Reading’s Under-23s continue their Premier League International Cup campaign with a home tie against their Sparta Prague counterparts this Wednesday 24th October, kicking off at 7pm under the Madejski Stadium floodlights!
Like Reading, it is the third time that Czech outfit Sparta have been involved in the competition – but they haven’t ever gone beyond the group stages. Their only win to date in the competition came last year, when a late goal by Serbian midfielder Srđan Plavšić nicked a winner away at Liverpool.
As well as winning the domestic league in the Czech Republic on 36 occasions, Sparta are a team with a good pedigree when it comes to producing some top talent. Two of the better-known graduates from their youth system include Petr Čech and Tomáš Rosický!
Tomáš Rosický in his younger days at Sparta
The Royals hadn’t won a fixture either in their previous two seasons… but they begun their campaign in perfect fashion back in August. Leicester City, the other English side in Reading’s four-team group, were defeated 2-0 in the East Midlands… so a win on Wednesday against our Czech visitors would put us in the driving seat to qualify for the next stage!
Nothing will be decided on the night. Sparta and Dutch side Feyenoord still have all of their games left to play, and only one team from each of the six groups goes through to the next stage, along with the two best-placed runners-up.
Scott Marshall’s Under-23 side are on a run of five wins and two draws in the last seven fixtures… fine form from our young charges. So a result could be on the cards again. Our final Group B game comes against Feyenoord at Laithwaite Community Stadium in Woking on Wednesday 19th December.
Season Ticket holders can attend this fixture for free; otherwise entry will be charged at £3 Adults and £1 Concessions, paid in cash upon entry at the turnstiles. Parking is free and unreserved. Come along and support our boys!