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The Match: Reading

24 October 2014

Preview Saturday's Game

Reading Vs Blackpool
Saturday 25 October 2014
The Madejski Stadium

Two defeats following the international break have been far from ideal for Blackpool, but they have the chance to get back on track against another out-of-form side in Reading this weekend.

The Seasiders narrowly lost to the new league leaders on Tuesday, but return to the Madejski Stadium, where they were well-beaten in January.

The Championship's bottom side have picked up some impressive points on the road this season at the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Middlesbrough.

As for Reading, they are without a win in six and have conceded nine goals in their last three games, but remain four points off the relegation zone.

The Seasiders lost 5-1 in Berkshire last season, but only David Perkins from that side will face The Royals this time out.

Team News
Blackpool will be without captain Tony McMahon for the trip to Berkshire, after the defender picked up his fifth booking of the season on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile Joan Oriol and José Cubero will mis out, along with Gary MacKenzie and Steven Davies.

Reading were without striker Glenn Murray on Tuesday night, but he is expected to return for the visit of Pool.

Long term absentees include for The Royals Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Cummings, Stephen Kelly, Jem Karacan, Danny Williams, Craig Tanner and Garath McCleary.
In The Build-Up
The Seasiders have lost their two matches following the international break. A resounding defeat at Huddersfield was followed up with a narrow loss at the hands of Derby County.

Reading meanwhile have lost their two matches 3-0, against Derby and Bournemouth. The Royals have now gone six matches without a victory.

Previous Meetings
The two sides met at the Madejski Stadium in January, on a night to forget for Pool. Adam Le Fondre netted a hat-trick for the hosts, while a Steven Davies strike was all Blackpool could muster.

At Bloomfield Road earlier in the season Blackpool won 1-0 thanks to an individual goal from Tom Barkhuizen.

Around The Championship
Fulham and Charlton Athletic meet in the Friday night fixture at Craven Cottage. Managerless Birmingham City take on Bournemouth on Saturday, while Derby meet Wigan.

Elsewhere Bolton face Brentford, and Pool’s next opponents Ipswich host Huddersfield.

Fulham v Charlton Athletic (Friday 19:45)
Millwall v Cardiff City (Saturday 12:15)
Birmingham City v Bournemouth
Bolton Wanderers v Brentford
Derby County v Wigan Athletic
Ipswich Town v Huddersfield Town
Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Middlesbrough v Watford
Nottingham Forest v Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich City

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