BHAFC v RFC (20/9/16) | EFL Cup 3rd Round Preview

On the back of 2 straight victories, Brighton will be looking for a third one, and a place in the 4th round of the EFL Cup, as they take on league rivals Reading.

Reading News;

Reading will be without top-scorer Gareth McCleary after he starts a 3 match ban, while Yakou Meite and Deniss Rakels remained sidelined, otherwise it’s a full squad to choose from for Jaap Stam.

Form; D, D, W, W, D, W

FACT; Have scored in all but 2 games so far this season.

Brighton News;

Chris Hughton has already confirmed the back 5 for the Albion, but is set to make considerable changes in the forward 6 from Saturday’s win at Burton. Rohan Ince and Elvis Manu look set to continue their cup runs, while Glenn Murray and Sam Baldock could feature up front together.

Form; D, W, L, L, W, W

FACT; Have only failed to score in 3 home game so far this calendar year.

Last Time We Met: RFC [2]-[2] BHAFC (20/8/16);

Brighton came away with a draw in the league meeting just a month ago. John Swift gave the Royals an early lead, before a van den Berg own goal levelled things up. Anthony Knockaert put the Albion in front, only for Paul McShane to equalise.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 30 of the meeting between the 2 sides, while Reading have won 35. The previous meeting between the 2 was the 33rd time they have drawn.

Likely Line-Up;

Maenpaa;

Hunt, Goldson, Hunemeier, Pocognoli;

Murphy, Ince, Norwood, Manu;

Baldock, Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 Reading (Brighton on Pens)

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