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Reading FC v Brighton & Hove Albion: Match Preview

Reading FC host Brighton at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening looking to climb the table with a positive result against the Seagulls.

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Reading FC v Brighton
League Championship
Tuesday 10th March, KO 8PM
Madejski Stadium
Referee: Andy Haines

Reading (18th)

Form (all comps): DDLLW
Bradford v Reading (FA Cup): 0-0
Bolton v Reading: 1-1
Reading v Nottingham Forest: 0-3
Huddersfield v Reading: 3-0
Ipswich v Reading: 0-1

Manager: Steve Clarke

So it’s a replay at Madejski Stadium do decide whether Reading or Bradford will take their place in the FA Cup semi-final after Saturday’s 0-0 at Valley Parade. In a scrappy game against Bradford the Royals held their own and kept Bradford at bay whilst also creating chances to win the game, notably through Pavel Pogrebnyak hitting the post on two occasions. Before they battle it out again Reading face Watford and first Brighton at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Brighton (19th)

Form (all comps): WLWWD
Brighton v Derby: 2-0
Bolton v Brighton: 1-0
Brighton v Leeds: 2-0
Brighton v Birmingham: 4-3
Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton: 0-0

Manager: Chris Hughton

Brighton made it 3 wins in 4 games as they beat one of this seasons ‘big 4’ in The Championship, Derby County at the Amex on Saturday. It was a fantastic result for the Seagulls as they bounced back from a defeat at Bolton in their previous game. The win was their 6th in 13 games since Chris Hughton took over a team that had only won 7 of their previous 28 games. Brighton’s last win at Madejski Stadium was in April 2003.

Last five meetings

26 Dec 2014 Brighton and Hove Albion v Reading D 2-2 League Championship
08 Mar 2014 Brighton and Hove Albion v Reading D 1-1 League Championship
04 Jan 2014 Brighton and Hove Albion v Reading L 1-0 FA Cup
15 Sep 2013 Reading v Brighton and Hove Albion D 0-0 League Championship
10 Apr 2012 Brighton and Hove Albion v Reading W 0-1 League Championship

Head to Head

This will be the 95th meeting of these two sides and it is the Royals that hold the better record winning 34 times to Brighton’s 29 - with 32 ending in a draw. Last season both matches end in stalemate, they played out a 0-0 draw at Madejski Stadium in September with the game at the Amex ending 1-1 with Royston Drenthe getting the goal for the Royals. They also met in the third round of the FA Cup last season, which Brighton won 1-0. When these teams met at the Amex on Boxing Day it finished 2-2 with Glenn Murray getting both goals for the Royals.

Team News

Reading: Reading boss Steve Clarke must decide whether to risk centre-half Alex Pearce, who suffered a broken nose in Saturday's FA draw tie at Bradford. Chris Gunter and Garath McCleary could return to the team after being on the bench at the weekend.

Brighton: Brighton will be without striker Sam Baldock, who looks set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Kazenga LuaLua is likely to replace him.

Prediction: Reading 0-1 Brighton