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Portsmouth FC v Reading FC (Capital One Cup Second Round): Match Preview

Reading travel to Fratton Park to face League Two Portsmouth in the second round of the Capital One Cup. The Royals beat Colchester in the first round to make it to this stage.

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Portsmouth FC

Form (all comps): DDWWW

Portsmouth defender Enda Stevens will serve a one match ban after he was sent off against Morecambe. Striker Jayden Stockley could start the game but defender Ben Davies (leg) and midfielder Kal Naismith (thigh) are both unavailable.

Portsmouth FC vs. Reading FC:25 August 2015 19:45 KO Fratton Park Stadium, PortsmouthReferee: Gavin Ward

Reading FC

Form (all comps): DDDWL

Alex Fernandez could make his full debut for Reading after the midfielder joined on loan from Espanyol. Peru winger Paolo Hurtado is highly unlikely to feature for the first time while Dominic Samuel and Pavel Pogrebnyak are out.

Lineups From Last Game

Portsmouth FC: B. Murphy, E. Stevens, C. Burgess, G. Roberts, M. Doyle, B. Davies (A. McGurk 74), N. Atangana, M. Clarke, M. Tubbs (J. Stockley 70), G. Evans (A. Webster 81), K. Bennett

Reading FC: J. Bond, A. Ferdinand, P. McShane, C. Gunter, S. Quinn (Alex 86), H. Robson-Kanu (N. Blackman 69), D. Williams, O. Norwood, J. Obita, A. Tshibola (S. Cox 69), Orlando Sa

What The Opposition Think

"Pompey are the underdogs in this match, there's no question about it. However, especially having been at Fratton Park on Saturday to watch our fantastic comeback against Morecambe, the Blues are looking very solid at the moment and I have a good feeling about this game! It'll be an interesting one to watch, given Pompey's strong start to the season and Reading's unstable one.
My prediction:
Portsmouth 3-1 Reading."

Pompey fan Geoff Burroughs in tonight's View From The Town End.

Last Five Meetings

06 Mar 2012: Reading 1-0 Portsmouth (League Championship)

16 Aug 2011: Portsmouth 1-0 Reading (League Championship)

02 Apr 2011: Reading 2-0 Portsmouth (League Championship)

14 Aug 2010: Portsmouth 1-1 Reading (League Championship)

01 Jan 2008: Reading 0-2 Portsmouth (Premier League)

Head To Head

Reading v Portsmouth Games- W11 D:14 L: 21

YouTube History

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Prediction

Portsmouth 1-3 Reading