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Big Preview: Reading

Posted: Tue 28 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Get clued up before tonight's game

A point on Saturday gave Barry Ferguson something to build on, and the Scot will hope Blackpool put in another solid display when they travel to promotion-casing Reading this evening.

The draw came after five straight defeats and stopped the rot, but the next task is to claim all three points at The Madejeski Stadium, where The Royals are strong.

Last time on their home patch Reading hit Bolton for seven, but their inconsistency was highlighted with the defeat to Ipswich on Saturday.

Nigel Adkins’ side have won just twice in their last seven matches, but have lost the same amount of games on their own patch all season.

This is the first of two away trips for Pool this week, where they’ll be hoping to end of a run of 11 games without a victory. 

Team News

Blackpool will be without four players for the trip down south. Ricardo Fuller, Gary MacKenzie, Neal Bishop and Tom Barkhuizen will not travel with the squad due to injury.

As for Reading, Danny Guthrie will miss out, along with Sean Morrison and Wayne Bridge. Jason Roberts and Hal Robson-Kanu also remain side-lined.

Recent Form

Blackpool’s draw with Doncaster stopped the rot, but the stats still make grim reading, as Pool are without a win since November.

Last six: DLLLLL

Reading were beaten at Ipswich on Saturday, but had won the two previous games, against Bolton and Watford.

Last six: LWWDDW

Head-to-head

When the pair met at Bloomfield Road back in August The Seasiders were victorious, with Barkhuizen scoring the only goal. The last time Pool travelled to Reading they were beaten 3-1 in 2012.

Complete record: Blackpool wins: 12 – Draws: 10 – Reading wins: 15


Connections

Pool’s Nathan Tyson began at Reading, whilst Kaspars Gorkss and Nick Blackman both had spells at Bloomfield Road, but now wear the Reading hoops.

Others who’ve played for both sides include Ian Harte, Chris Armstong and Steve Hetzke.

Tickets

Supporters can pay on the day at The Madejeski Stadium for the following prices - £30 for adults, £22 for 65 & over and 17-21 years, £12 under-16s.

Betting

Blackpool can be backed at 4/1 for claim the away win, whilst a draw is 5/2 and Reading are 8/11.

Andy Halliday scored first goal on Saturday and is at 11/1 to do the same.

Other fixtures

Barnsley v Blackburn
Birmingham v Leicester
Bournemouth v Huddersfield
Burnley v Brighton
Derby v Yeovil
Doncaster v Charlton
Leeds v Ipswich
Middlesbrough v Wigan
Millwall v Sheff Wed
QPR v Bolton