Two lowly sides clash at the Select Car Leasing Stadium tonight as Reading play host to Peterborough United in tonight’s Championship clash in Berkshire.
Both sides are currently level on points in the second-tier after winning just four from a possible 18 so far this term – and it will come as a particular surprise to the Royals who were competing in the play-off spots for much of the 2020/21 campaign.
They are currently suffering with a mounting injury list at this early stage of the season in what seems to be a running theme for Veljko Paunovic’s side, although they will be hoping their six summer signings will be involved in some capacity tonight.
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For Peterborough United, this game is about making amends after their 6-2 defeat to a Sheffield United side who had failed to win a single league game that season up until that point – but could be boosted by one key return as they travel down for tonight’s clash.
Ahead of this match, we have the latest team news, the available streams you can view to see the action and what time kick-off is for what could potentially be called a vital clash for two sides near the bottom.
Latest team news
Home side Reading could be boosted by the return of midfielder Andy Rinomhota tonight after missing Saturday’s game against Queens Park Rangers with a swollen ankle, although it’s currently unclear whether he would get straight back into the starting lineup with Tom Dele-Bashiru putting in a decent shift midfield at the weekend.
Danny Drinkwater and Scott Dann may also be in contention for a place on the bench depending on their fitness, although one man who won’t be in the matchday squad is Rafael Cabral who has suffered a broken hand.
He joins Lucas Joao, Yakou Meite, Femi Azeez, Tom McIntyre and Felipe Araruna on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, with Luke Southwood likely to start in the Brazilian’s place.
Meanwhile, their opponents have received a double injury boost with Jack Taylor and Nathan Thompson in contention for a starting spot, with the former yet to make a single start this season.
The latter picked up a minor knock just days before last weekend’s game against Sheffield United and was forced to miss this clash at Bramall Lane, but manager Darren Ferguson is optimistic of a return for the 30-year-old.
Is there a live stream?
The ‘blackout’ period which bars live football being shown on TV in the UK only applies to Saturdays, so there are plenty of options for people that are unable to make the game and don’t want to miss a single second of the action.
For those who want to view the game within the UK, the match will be available on the Sky Sports Red Button and Sky Sports app and for those that don’t have access to that, iFollow Posh will be broadcasting the game. A video pass is £10 for those who don’t want to miss out!
And for a more Reading-based perspective of the match, you can listen to BBC Radio Berkshire’s coverage of the game from 6pm on radio, TV and the BBC Sounds app on your smartphone.
What time is kick-off?
Kick-off at the Select Car Leasing Stadium is 8pm, like the vast majority of other midweek ties to commence in Berkshire in the past and has been a running theme for well over a decade.
For any Peterborough United fans travelling down, many people would still recommend not waiting that extra 15 minutes at home due to the traffic in and around the Royal County before the match, so it might be a good idea to head down early.
The West Brom vs Derby County game also kicks off at 8pm at The Hawthorns, although all other Championship ties tonight get underway at the usual time of 7:45pm.