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PREVIEW: ALBION V READING

19 September 2016

A look-ahead to Tuesday night's game.


Brighton & Hove Albion play Reading at the Amex on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45pm.


TEAM NEWS

Albion manager Chris Hughton is expected to make numerous changes for the visit of Reading on Tuesday night, as the Seagulls look to secure their place in the EFL Cup fourth round.

Hughton will hand Sebastian Pocognoli his Albion debut at left-back, following his loan move from West Bromwich Albion, while Connor Goldson and Uwe Huenemeier are also in contention to feature at the Amex.

Rob Hunt is set to be involved with the first-team again, after making his league debut in the victory over Burton on Saturday.

Kazenga LuaLua (knee), Richie Towell (ankle) and Liam Rosenior (ankle) are all unavailable to face the Royals, as they continue to recover from long-term injuries.

Solly March continues to build up his fitness and is expected to feature for the under-23s again, before making a first-team return.

For Reading boss Jaap Stam, Gareth McCleary and Danny Williams will be unavailable for the third round cup tie, as the pair serve suspensions, which were picked up in their previous league game at Barnsley.

Stam will make a late check on the fitness of Joey van den Berg (hamstring), who missed Saturday’s trip to Oakwell and is a doubt for their short trip south.
 

FORM

ALBION DWLLWW
READING DDWWDW

The Seagulls bounced back from two consecutive defeats with back-to-back 1-0 victories over Sky Bet Championship league leaders Huddersfield Town and Burton Albion.

Tomer Hemed scored a late penalty at the Pirelli Stadium to secure maximum points, following Anthony Knockaert’s match-winning goal against the Terriers in midweek.

Hughton’s team progressed to the EFL Cup third round with a 4-0 success over Colchester United at the Amex, before beating Oxford United 4-2 at the Kassam Stadium.

The Royals are unbeaten in their last six games, most recently winning 2-1 against Barnsley at Oakwell, with Gareth McCleary and John Swift both on the scoresheet.

A 0-0 draw against Birmingham City followed back-to-back triumphs over Cardiff City and Ipswich Town.

Their unbeaten streak began with a 2-2 draw against the Seagulls at the Madejski Stadium.

The Berkshire side have previously beaten Plymouth and MK Dons in rounds one and two respectively to reach this stage of the competition.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION


 
BURTON 0


ALBION 1
Hemed 88 pen

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno (Hunt 73), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal (Norwood 80), Skalak; Murphy (Murray 66); Hemed.

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Goldson, Sidwell, Manu.

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LAST TIME OUT: READING



BARNSLEY 1
Armstrong 81

READING 2
McCleary 9
Swift 27


Reading line-up: Al-Habsi; Gunter, Blackett, McShane, Moore; Evans, Swift (Obita 52), Williams, McCleary, Beerens (Quinn 71); Kermorgant (Mendes 86).

Subs not used: Jaakkola (GK), Watson, Kelly, Harriott.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tuesday night’s game will be the 97th meeting between the two clubs. The Royals boast 35 victories, with the Seagulls winning on 30 occasions, while a further 31 games have ended in a draw.

Albion are unbeaten in the last four meetings between the sides at the Amex, twice recording narrow 1-0 victories either side of consecutive stalemates on the south coast.

The teams played out a 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium earlier this season, with goals from Sam Baldock and Anthony Knockaert cancelling out John Swift’s early opener, before Paul McShane scored to level the game and share the spoils.


LAST TIME WE MET



READING 2
Swift 2
McShane 59


ALBION 2
Baldock 8
Knockaert 46


Albion line-up: Stockdale; Rosenior, Bruno, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Kayal, Sidwell, Skalak (Murphy 76); Baldock (Norwood 68), Murray (Hemed 86).

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), White, Ince, LuaLua.

Reading line-up: Al-Habsi; Gunter, McShane, Van den Berg, Obita; Evans, Williams, Swift (Quinn 81), McCleary (Mendes 86), Beerens (Cooper 90); Kermorgant.

Subs not used: Jaakkola (GK), Watson, Harriott, Meite.

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