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When Tuesday 26 December 2000, 1.00pm kick-off
Note that this game kicks off at 1pm!
Who and Where Bristol Rovers (Away, Memorial Stadium, League Division Two)
Ticket Info

This match is ALL TICKET for Reading fans - make sure you pick your tickets up from the Madejski Stadium ticket office before the match.
Adult admission is £11
Concessions admission is £7.50
Standing only.

Food and Beer.

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Team news

Reading - from: Whitehead, Newman, Viveash, Hunter, Robinson, Caskey, Smith, Parkinson, Cureton, Rougier, Butler, Hodges, Igoe, Howie, Gurney, Mackie, Jones.

Bristol Rovers - from: Culkin, Foster, Jones, Thomson, Pethick, Bignot, Bryant, Hogg, Evans, Meaker, Ellington, Astafjevs,Cameron, Vaaler, Challis.

Form Guide

Although Reading's form has dipped a little bit it's nothing as bad as Bristol Rovers run of recent bad results. Rovers last eight league games have bought just five points - with five defeats. Rovers last two games have been straight defeats - losing away at local rivals City on Friday night 2-3 and being beaten at home by Stoke 0-3 the week before. In the FA Cup Rovers were stuffed 1-5 at Cardiff in round one. Rovers home form has been amazingly bad - so bad that they haven't won at home all season. Reading put two defeats behind them to beat Luton Town 4-1 on Saturday - so this should be a good chance of an away win.

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Previous Meetings 

Reading have had the upper hand over Bristol Rovers through the years:
Reading wins: 39
Draws: 18
Bristol Rovers wins: 31

Last season Reading pulled off an amazing triple over Bristol Rovers - winning twice in the league and once at Bristol in the Auto Windscreens trophy. Rovers managed just the one goal in all three meetings - and that was scored by Jamie Cureton when Reading won at the Memorial against the odds.
4 April 2000: Bristol Rovers 0 Reading 1
22 March 2000: Reading 2 Bristol Rovers 0
24 January 2000: Bristol Rovers 1 Reading 2
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Match Odds

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Reading win: 13/10
Draw: 23/10
Bristol Rovers win: 13/8

Predictions A draw.
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