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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v READING

25 August 2015

All you need to know about Capital One Cup clash

Pompey and Reading clash at Fratton Park for their first ever meeting in the League Cup tonight.

Both sides go into the game on the back of weekend home draws – the Blues shared six goals with Morecambe, while nobody netted when the Royals met MK Dons.

Reading’s only previous victory this season came in the first round of this competition, with Chris Gunter’s extra-time strike seeing off Colchester.

They were beaten at Birmingham on the opening day in the Championship and have since had three successive stalemates.

Steve Clarke’s side finished 19th in the second tier last term, but did reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they were beaten by eventual winners Arsenal at Wembley.


TEAM NEWS
Kal Naismith (thigh) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are both sidelined for Pompey, while Enda Stevens is serving one-match ban following his sending off against Morecambe.

Forwards Pavel Pogrebnyak (ankle) and Dominic Samuel (knee) will miss out for the Royals.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 21 Wins
Reading: 11 Wins
14 Draw

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 13 Wins
Reading: 3 Wins
7 Draws

Last Meeting
Reading 1 (Hunt)
Pompey 0
Championship
March 6 2012


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Fratton Park.

We’ll also have match updates on Twitter and the Pompey Wall.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, Pompey PlayerHD and our official YouTube channel, with extended highlights to follow on Wednesday night.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.


TICKETS
Tickets can be bought online here, by calling (023) 9277 8559 or by visiting the Frogmore Road ticket office until 5pm tonight.

From 5.30pm they will be sold from the booths behind the Frogmore Road, with the ticket office open for upgrades, enquiries and away fan sales only.


BETTING
Pompey can be backed at 19/10 with Sky Bet to win after 90 minutes, with the visitors 11/8 favourites.

Read our betting preview here and remember to register at www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club every time you have a flutter.


TONIGHT’S OTHER TIES
Aston Villa v Notts County
Birmingham v Gillingham
Burton v Middlesbrough
Bury v Leicester
Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury
Doncaster v Ipswich
Fulham v Sheff Utd
Hartlepool v Bournemouth
Hull v Rochdale
Luton v Stoke
MK Dons v Cardiff
Newcastle v Northampton
Peterborough v Charlton
Preston v Watford
QPR v Carlisle
Rotherham v Norwich
Sheff Wed v Oxford
Sunderland v Exeter
Swansea v York
Walsall v Brighton
Wolves v Barnet
West Brom v Port Vale (8pm)

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