When : Tuesday, 13th August, 7.45pm
Where : Hillbottom Rd, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ
Capacity : 10,137
Away Stand : One end of the ground in the Dreams Stand
League Cup again. This time a trip just up he road to the nearest league club to Reading but yet still never really seen as a derby game even when the two clubs shared a few seasons back in the late 90s/early 00s.
As is usual over the last couple of seasons, Wycombe are yet another opponent with more league points than Reading having claimed a win and draw from their two games. They will also be right up for it and probably wouldn't be a surprise if there was a certain belief in their ranks that can win the game so certainly expect a ton of fight and a load of battering from them on the night.
Reading's new look squad will continue development with some more alterations to the starting line up. Not sure whether it'll be wholesale changes or just a bit of tweaking to try and find a balanced solution to the issue of just what is the best permutation from the available squad.
As far as I know other than Obita only Blackett is injured although he should be nearing availability. I think I would expect starts for those Reading players short on fitness so Rafael, Ejaria, Morrison and probably McIntyre may well feature. Wycombe have Adam El Abd and the big hulking threat that is Akinfenwa in their ranks and with Gareth Ainsworth at the helm will be suitably wound up to take the game the Reading so let's hope it's not another poor result that leaves everyone even more worried about the playing state of the club.
Darren England gets his first shot at a cup game with Reading.
02 Mar 2019 > Ipswich Town1-2 Reading
06 Oct 2018 > West Bromwich Albion 4-1 Reading
25 Aug 2018 > Aston Villa 1-1 Reading
13 Jan 2018 > Hull City 0-0 Reading
Reading have previous in the League Cup against Wycombe having been beaten 3-1 on aggregate back in 1996 (1-1 at Elm Park and 0-2 at Adams Park) back in the days when Reading were in Division 2 and Wycombe in Division 3 so let's hope there's no repetition.
The only other cup game resulted in a 2-1 FA Cup win for Reading at Loakes Park back in January 1977
League wise Reading have won 6 and lost only 1 of the 8 games played to date but all the dropped points have been at Adams Park.
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