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Pre-Match Brief: Reading

Posted: Fri 23 Aug 2013
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Latest Information On This Weekend's Game

Reading will visit Bloomfield Road for the first time since December 2011 on Saturday, as Blackpool get set for back-to-back home fixtures.

Manager Paul Ince has a number of injury concerns going into the game, with Craig Cathcart, Barry Ferguson and Steven Davies facing fitness checks. Thomas Ince will definitely miss out due to a groin problem. 

Nathan Delfouneso could be set for his second home debut following his loan back to Blackpool last week. The 22-year-old, who appeared as a substitute against Middlesbrough last weekend, scored two goals in a midweek practice match against Bury. 

Reading, who could welcome back winger Jimmy Kebe, are likely to line-up in a diamond formation that has proved successful at Nigel Adkins' previous clubs. 

Manager Views

Paul Ince: "As much as we know they're a very good side and have got some good players, we've got some good players. We're at home, we're unbeaten and we want to remain that way. Hopefully that will be the case."

Nigel Adkins: "We’re going up there full of confidence, we are expecting a very challenging fixture as Blackpool have got off to a good start in the campaign."  

Ticket News

Matchday tickets remain on sale for the Reading game and can be purchased from the ticket office right up until kick-off, with any pre-booked tickets available for collection at the ticket booth, located just outside the ticket office, from 11am.

The visitors have sold 650 tickets so far, but visiting supporters can purchase on the day from the away ticket booth, next to the away turnstiles, from 1pm. 

Tickets are priced as follows: 

£25 for Adults 
£20 for Seniors 
£17 for 16-U19 
£15 for Under-16s 

Please note: a £5 discount applies to the price of a members ticket and tickets in the East Stand are £1 cheaper than advertised.  

Match Officials

David Webb will be the man in charge of the game tomorrow, assisted by Joe Hull and Darren Handley. Mr Webb officiated two games involving The Seasiders last season, a 4-1 victory at Peterborough and a 2-1 win at home to Millwall. Richard Bartlett has been named as fourth official.   

Up The Pool

Blackpool's second edition of Up The Pool, the club's matchday magazine, will be on sale around the ground and from the club shop prior to kick-off, priced at just £3. 

The latest copy features interviews with Chris Basham, Gary MacKenzie, and Robbie Williams, while the likes of Matt Gilks and Thomas Ince take part in new features. The latest installment of Angel's diary can also be found on page seven. 

Betting Odds

The Seasiders are priced at 15/8 to win the match, with Nathan Delfouneso at odds of 11/4 to score at anytime during the 90 minutes. Please click here for a full list of betting options with Sky Bet.