Reading travel to Blackpool tonight in an FA Cup Third Round replay.
The pair met at the Madejski Stadium last week where Mark Bowen’s side twice had to come from behind to avoid defeat, finishing in a 2-2 draw.
Tonight they’ll face off again for a spot in the FA Cup Fourth Round, and the winner will host the victor of Cardiff vs Carlisle in the Fourth Round later this month.
Unbeaten in six in all competitions, Reading go into this game in solid form having salvaged a late point at home to Nottingham Forest at the weekend, a Tobias Figueiredo own-goal to thank.
It’s kept the Royals in 14th-place of the Championship table and with only six points separating them from Sheffield Wednesday in 6th. But Bowen’s attentions will now turn to Blackpool tonight.
Andy Yiadom is ruled out of tonight’s game – the 28-year-old has missed the last eight for Reading with an injury sustained in training last month, and is expected to be back in the first-team by the start of the next.
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The last match at the weekend saw George Puscas return – Puscas had missed the six previous outings before the visit of Forest with a shoulder injury, but no surgery was required and he managed to play half-an-hour.
It’ll be a hard-fought encounter in Blackpool tonight – the Seasiders led by Simon Grayson are loitering in the mid-table zone of League One but have taken 20 points from 12 home games this season, and the crowd will be right up for the visit of Reading.