Brighton vs Reading: League Cup Preview and Prediction

Brighton vs Reading
England – League Cup
Date: Tuesday, 20th September 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Falmer Stadium, East Sussex.

Brighton and Hove Albion will host fellow Championship side Reading for the third round fixture of the English League Cup on Tuesday, 20th September 2016.

Match Background

Brighton qualified for the third round of the fixture after two easy wins in the previous rounds of the tournament. They defeated lower leagues sides Colchester United 4-0 and Oxford United 4-2 to reach this far. The crashed out of the second round last term. They are having a decent run in the League Championship and will to use the momentum to progress deep into the Cup competition in search of a silverware.

Reading have also made a good start to their Championship campaign after managing 4 wins and 2 draws from their 8 matches so far. In the cup competition they defeated Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in the first round, but need the lucky lot of penalty-shootout to overcome Milton Keynes Dons in the second round. Reading’s run in the cup competition came to a halt in this very round last season after losing 2-1 to Everton. They will need a better performance than in the second round off a strong Brighton on Tuesday night.

Brighton vs Reading: Head-to-Head Stats

The teams have already met once in the Championship this season. The meeting on 20th August at Reading saw them sharing the spoil with a final score-line of 2-2.

Brighton are unbeaten in the last four competitive matches at home against Reading with 2 wins and 2 draws. The first match on the series coming as a 2-1 win in the 2014 FA Cup.

There were 5 draws in the last 8 meetings between these two sides in all competition across all venues.

Brighton vs Reading: Prediction

This is another tight clash between two teams on similar mould of form. Brighton have won in 4 of their 5 home games in all competitions and lost once. The game they lost is the only match at home this season they have conceded a goal. While Reading after suffering three consecutive away defeats have now grabbed two wins in a row. As a result, both managers could be very cautious in their approach.

I expect few goals from this fixture and under 2.5 goals is a perfect option. Also, 7 of the last 8 home matches of Brighton against Reading have produced less than 3 goals.

Brighton vs Reading: Bet Tips

Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80)
Goals Odds/Even – Odd at 19/20 (1.95).

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