When : Tuesday 14th January, 7.45pm
Where : Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ
Capacity : 17,338
Away Stand : One side of the 'temporary' East Stand on one side of the pitch
What might I see in the area : Illuminations
It’s a cup replay, the game that teams supposedly never want. A long trek up north for a game in bracing weather against a team that will be more than up for it, though that bit really shouldn’t come as a surprise after the first “leg”.
Sadly Blackpool have had a “Bury” week and will be all nice and fresh as they haven’t played since the game finished at the Mad Stad so that’ll be something extra to take into account.
Blackpool are without a win since defeating Fleetwood at home on 7th December. But equally Reading’s midweek away record is a bit stinky with, I think, the only victory in almost 2 years (that one win being at Plymouth in the league cup earlier this season). But on the positive side that was also with a much weakened starting XI so it can be done.
Not expecting a line up terribly different from the first game though perhaps it may be a little stronger. Aluko may well be handed a start and given the opposition Mr Adam might have some involvement even if it’s just travelling with the squad.
So all board for the desperate fight to win the right to either play Cardiff on consecutive weekends or play Carlisle for the first time in what would be 38 years (that replay is on Wednesday 15th January).
Bond. Darren Bond.
26 Nov 19 > Reading 0-1 Leeds United
10 Nov 18 > Reading 2-2 Ipswich Town
15 Sep 18 > Preston North End 2-3 Reading
03 Apr 18 > Aston Villa 3-0 Reading
20 Jan 17 > Reading 0-1 Brentford
30 Nov 17 > Reading 3-0 Barnsley
11 Feb 17 > Reading 0-0 Barnsley
13 Aug 16 > Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Reading
14 Mar 15 > Watford 4-1 Reading
30 Aug 14 > Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading
This is the second cup game to be played against Blackpool, some of you may remember that game - a 2-2 draw a week or so ago. Previous league games between the clubs have returned 17 Reading wins to 12 for the Seasiders from 40 games played.
In Blackpool there have been 5 wins for the Royals and 10 for Blackpool. Reading haven’t won at Bloomfield Road since winning 2-0 on the opening day of the 2001/2002 season, since then they’ve tried on 5 occasions and managed just 2 draws.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel
- 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 (presuming you can get the commentary working at all)
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)