When : Tuesday, 14th August, 8pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
A first cup game of the new season against another side already struggling in the early days of the new league season. Birmingham at least have one point to show from their two games though unlike Reading's sorry state of affairs which sees them as one of only 2 teams left to record some pointage.
Paul Clement is expected to play a side that is more about the players that haven't really been involved so far so expect Sam Walker to take over in goal and O'Shea and Moore(!) as the central defenders. Also expect Clement and McNulty to play and probably also Rinomhota
The tie itself is probably one of the least interesting ties of the round and certainly to both sets of supporters is about as dull as you could get. Therefore I'm not expecting much more than around 7/8k in my opinion so travel and parking really shouldn't be any issue if you are going.
Northamptonshire's Dean Whitestone for this one.
05 Apr 2016 > Reading 2-1 Nottm Forest
22 Mar 2014 > Birmingham City 1-2 Reading
23 Aug 2011 > Charlton Athletic 2-1 Reading (League Cup)
22 Feb 2011 > Reading 2- Millwall
17 Feb 2010 > Crystal Palace 1-3 Reading
07 Nov 2009 > Reading 1-1 Ipswich Town
26 Aug 2008 > Reading 5-1 Luton Town (League Cup)
No meetings before 1986 in any competition
First league cup game between the sides. Only other home cup game was the 1-0 win at Elm Park in 1992 in the FA Cup 1st Round
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use an iFollow subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)