A run in the cup can only serve to boost the confidence of a team and the Royals will be hoping they can secure their pathway into the Third Round on Tuesday night when we take on the Pilgrims at Home Park.
Plymouth Argyle v Reading
Tuesday 27th August 2019, 7.45pm
Carabao Cup, Second Round
The Royals pit their wits against Plymouth Argyle as a trip to Home Park stands between José Gomes' men and a place in the hat for the Third Round draw.
Reading reached this stage courtesy of a penalty shootout victory over Wycombe Wanderers earlier this month - George Pușcaș' equaliser taking the tie to penalties where the Royals remained immaculate from the spot and Rafael came to the fore to save two.
The schedule has been extremely tough on the Royals at the start of this season and our visit to the south-west represents our fourth game in just nine days - and it will be the third lengthy away trip for our first team within the space of less than a week.
However, with League One opposition seen off by a strong side in Round One, the Royals will be hoping they can progress further against League Two opponents on Tuesday night.
Our last meeting with Argyle came in this competition three years ago - Joey van den Berg and Roy Beerens going double dutch on the Pilgrims at Madejski Stadium in August 2016.
It won't be easy this time though. Argyle are unbeaten at home and won their first three games of the 2019-20 season. They have reached the Third Round thanks to a 2-0 cup win over Leyton Orient two weeks ago - goals from Callum McFadzean and Dom Telford sealing victory.
We haven't won in Plymouth since our record-breaking promotion-winning season in 2005-06, Glen Little's cheeky chip still vivid in the memory before Kevin Doyle scored a second. Our most recent visit to Home Park ended very differently; the Royals losing 4-1 nearly ten years ago, despite a strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Tickets for this cup tie went on sale at 9am on Monday 19th August and remain on sale, subject to
availability, until midday on Tuesday 27th August 2019.
Priced at just £10 for Adults, tickets from our inital allocation of 803 for this game can be booked online at here, in person at the Ticket Office, or by calling 0118 968 1313.
From Madejski Stadium, there are a number of different routes you could take to the south-west - the shortest depending on your time of travel and traffic issues would see supporters travel along the M4 to Bristol before taking the M5 toward Devon. The journey should take just over three hours to complete, but please check the latest traffic updates before you travel.
Coach travel with STAR is available for the cup tie, priced at £20 for STAR members. Coaches are due to depart from West Street in the town at 12.45pm, before picking up more fans at Madejski Stadium at 1pm.
The weather can change. But early indications suggest that it will be a relatively mild evening in Plymouth tomorrow night - the temperatures staying in the high teens with no rain currently forecast.
A gentle breeze and some cloud cover are expected, but the evening should be relatively pleasant for home and away fans on the night.
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