Match preview: Saints vs Reading

By SFC Media Tue 20 Dec Saints v Reading

Southampton face Reading tomorrow night in round two of the Checkatrade Trophy. Here’s our comprehensive match preview of the tie.

What’s at stake?

After the Under-18s secured FA Youth Cup victory away at Manchester United last week, Saints will now be hoping to also progress in this cup competition.

A place in round three and a trip to Huish Park to face League Two side Yeovil Town awaits the victors at St Mary’s, after the Glovers saw off MK Dons to cement their place in the next stage.

A victory for Saints would see them progress as one of the final Under-23s sides in the competition. Only their Brighton and Swansea counterparts have earned a place in round three, with Leicester still to face Cheltenham to secure their spot.

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

Sunderland (h) L 0-2
Newcastle (h) W 3-0
Everton (h) D 1-1
Chelsea (a) L 3-2
Crawley Town (h) W 4-0

Reading’s last five:

Sheffield United (a) D 3-3
Hertha BSC (h) L 0-2
Man City (a) L 2-1
Stoke City (h) W 1-30
Man United (h) D 2-2

Last time out

Saints 3-1 Reading (12 September 2016)

Reading visited Stapelwood Campus in Premier League 2 action towards the beginning of the 2016/17 season.

An Aflie Jones goal and Josh Sims brace secured victory for Saints that day, although the visitors did pull one back through Andrija Novakovich on the 84th minute.

Alfie Jones and Olufela Olomola celebrate the captain's opener against Reading.

Did you know?

- Saints (7th) currently sit four places above Reading (11th) in the Premier League 2 table.

- The match will be Reading’s third in a week, having faced Hertha BSC last Wednesday and Sheffield United on Saturday.

- Both sides’ next match will be against each other. Saints travel to Adams Park in Premier League 2 action on January 9th 2017.

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