MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

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MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by Sutekh » 31 Dec 2019 17:34




When : Saturday, 4 January, 3.01pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161


Cup magic hoves into view with a home game against lower league opposition in Blackpool. While this game might look to be a home banker we all know that in reality Blackpool will turn up with nothing to lose and have a right old go while, no doubt, Reading will play the “big time Charlie” card and not field a full strength side so as to make it as difficult as possible for there to be anything remotely comfortable about the game.

Blackpool are due to visit Rotherham on New Year’s Day and currently sit in 10th place in Division 3/League 1. So far they have despatched Morecambe (4-1) and Maidstone (3-1) (both at home) to reach this stage of the competition. Their form is currently a bit “iffy” with 0 wins and 2 draws from their last 4 games but have won 6 of their last 12 games across all competitions.

Armand Gnanduillet Is the standout player for Blackpool with 13 goals from 23 appearances in all competitions. Another name to watch is Sullay Kaikai who is a useful winger and also second highest scorer on 4 goals. One time alleged Reading target Ben Heneghan, Nathan Delfouneso and Jay Spearing are other current Blackpool names that you will probably have heard before, while midfielder Jordan Thompson is attracting interest from several Division 2/Championship clubs.

Reading are likely to make changes as seems to be the precedent in cup competitions these days. Personally I’d rather Reading put out a full strength side in order to try and maintain momentum and maximise the chance of a good cup run. I would expect Charlie Adam to play some part of the game though given the strong links between himself and Blackpool.


Referee

John Brooks is still looking for his first Reading win.

Previously....

27 Apr 19 > Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading
09 Feb 19 > Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Reading
26 Jan 18 > Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Reading (FA Cup 4)
23 Dec 17 > Reading 1-2 Burton Albion

Historically

This is the first cup game of any sort to be played against Blackpool. Previous league games between the clubs have returned 17 Reading wins to 12 for the Seasiders from 40 games played.

In Reading there have been 12 wins for the Royals against 2 for Blackpool and a Reading have won the last 6 games played at home. Blackpool’s last win in Reading was on 26th April 1980 which means a current run of 15 visits and no wins for Simon Grayson’s team.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by Singing Defective » 31 Dec 2019 17:56

Quite look forward to this as a palate cleanser after what MAY happen tomorrow.

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by From Despair To Where? » 31 Dec 2019 18:50

I honestly think we'll do OK against Fulham as long as we keep 11 players on the pitch.

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by NewCorkSeth » 31 Dec 2019 19:19

Rotate the lot I say. And hand CBC his first team debut. Start the next decade with the keeper who will play for us in the Prem.

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by JoeyJoeJoeJnrShabadoo » 31 Dec 2019 23:46

Thanks


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by Aeroguide » 01 Jan 2020 13:58

Singing Defective Quite look forward to this as a palate cleanser after what MAY happen tomorrow.


absolutely...perhaps change the "MAY" to WILL.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by Old Man Andrews » 01 Jan 2020 14:24

John Brooks should oxf*rd off immediately.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by Sutekh » 01 Jan 2020 17:05

Reckon Adam and Baldock will start

Not expecting Joao or Moore to be involved

No doubt Walker will get to be keeper for the day.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by Hound » 01 Jan 2020 20:02

McIntyre is injured I believe

But basically that but bring in Richards for Barrett who I reckon will to in Jan. and Olise for Meite. not sure who to play at CB tbh. Maybe Odimayo


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by URZZZZ » 01 Jan 2020 20:18

Walker

Howe
Miazga
McIntyre/Morrison
Obita

Rino

McCleary
Adam
Olise
Boye

Baldock

Virginia Blackett Richards Pele Aluko Barrett Loader

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by John Smith » 02 Jan 2020 11:17

Aluko needs to start this one.

I am really looking forward to seeing how we deal with the very dangerous threat of Armand Gnanduillet

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by Snowflake Royal » 02 Jan 2020 11:25

Walker
Howe, Miazga, Moore, Richards
Rinomhota, Pele, Olise
McCleary, Baldock, Barrett

CBC, Blackett, Ejaria, Adam, Boye, Joao, Obita

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by Old Man Andrews » 02 Jan 2020 11:27

I don't think this will be the team, just the one I would pick.

Rafael

Gunter
Morrison
Miazga
Blackett

Rinomhota
Pele
Swift

Ejaria
Baldock
McCleary


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by Kitsondinho » 02 Jan 2020 11:56

John Smith Aluko needs to start this one.

I am really looking forward to seeing how we deal with the very dangerous threat of Armand Gnanduillet

This. Perfect game for him. If he is rubbish (as he has been so often) then no harm done. If he plays to his actual ability level (seen in 1 45 minutes away to Derby and one shot v QPR at home many moons ago) then it gives Bowen a nice option/problem for league selection.

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by Dave the rave » 02 Jan 2020 12:12

Trying to get to this one if I can get the MIL to look after my youngest.

My lad is well up for this and Reading in general although trying to explain the difference between the league and cup games seems harder than it should.

Also, the "why didn't we take Preston's place in the table, Daddy" was a classic. Bless.

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by Hound » 02 Jan 2020 12:12

Realistically Aluko has to be nowhere near the first 11 in the league. So many better players in the queue ahead of him. Lazy, soft winger/no. 10/attacking mid thing who can't tackle is just about the opposite of what Bowen appears to want, and rightly so

Fine to for him to play in this if he has to though. I'd personally be in favour of resting the entire first 11 from the last few matches - be silly to risk injury, and a few are probably close to doing themselves some damage

Plenty of quality in the squad to progress past Blackpool

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by Hound » 02 Jan 2020 12:13

Dave the rave
Also, the "why didn't we take Preston's place in the table, Daddy" was a classic. Bless.


Give it a couple more games and we might well do

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by URZZZZ » 02 Jan 2020 12:42

Hound Realistically Aluko has to be nowhere near the first 11 in the league. So many better players in the queue ahead of him. Lazy, soft winger/no. 10/attacking mid thing who can't tackle is just about the opposite of what Bowen appears to want, and rightly so

Fine to for him to play in this if he has to though. I'd personally be in favour of resting the entire first 11 from the last few matches - be silly to risk injury, and a few are probably close to doing themselves some damage

Plenty of quality in the squad to progress past Blackpool


Aluko doesn’t have a lot to gain on Saturday but he has a lot to lose. He plays well and people say “it’s only Blackpool”. He plays poorly and “he’s useless etc”

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by NewCorkSeth » 02 Jan 2020 12:51

---------------------CBC
Howe---Miazga---Morrison---Richards
--------Rinomhota--Olise
McCleary-----------------------------Barrett
--------------------Loader

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Blackpool (h) sponsored by cup fever

by Kitsondinho » 02 Jan 2020 12:54

NewCorkSeth ---------------------CBC
Howe---Miazga---Morrison---Richards
--------Rinomhota--Olise
McCleary-----------------------------Barrett
--------------------Loader

Loader won’t play, he is leaving don’t you know! :wink: :lol:

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