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PREVIEW: READING FC

30 January 2018

THE Brewers host Reading at the Pirelli Stadium this evening (7.45PM kick off).

HEAD 2 HEAD



The two sides met around a month ago in the Sky Bet Championship, where Burton Albion ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Tom Flanagan and Tom Naylor at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading have beaten Burton Albion three times in the past, however. Twice in the Championship last season and once in the League Cup back in 2009.

BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS




Nigel Clough could welcome back Ben Turner for tonight's visit of Reading after he missed Saturday's trip to Fulham.

Kyle McFadzean has been suffering with an illness all week but could be fit for tonight's game.

Tonight's game might be too soon for new loan signing Darren Bent as Clough looks to ease him in to first-team duties.

Liam Boyce has returned to full training after his ACL rupture in a pre-season friendly against Shrewsbury Town. He won't be fit for action until mid-February, but the Albion boss is hoping his return will be a welcome boost to his whole squad.

Will Miller had an operation on a dislocated knee cap last Saturday, and the surgery went 'as well as it could have done' according to Clough.

READING TEAM NEWS




Joey van den Berg, Liam Kelly and Sone Aluko should all start after missing Friday night's FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Academy graduate Sam Smith grabbed a late consolation for the Royals against the Owls but is unlikely to start ahead of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson up top.

There are no fresh injury concerns for the visitors, but long-term absentees Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane and John Swift will all continue to miss out.

REFEREE




Robert Jones is the man in the middle tonight. The English referee has predominantly refereed League Two games this season, but has recently made the step up to the Championship. He's brandished 72 yellow cards this term, and six reds.

He'll be assisted by Mark Russell and Adam Matthews with Andy Woolmer the fourth official.

TICKETS





Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for tonight's game against Reading, and can do so online, over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during opening hours.

Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):






Adult: £20.00





Senior 65+: £18.00





Young Person 17-22: £15.00





Under 17: £7.00

CAR PARKING





Supporters can park in the Pirelli Stadium car park for just £5, as well as Burton Albion's overflow car park at Ryknild Industrial Estate, left at the island for £5. the Pirelli Tyres staff car park is available this season (£3 per car).

Burton Albion encourages fans to walk to the ground or use public transport to get to the stadium if possible. Supporters who do come to the ground in vehicles are encouraged to car share. 
All supporters are asked to park responsibly and to be aware of parking restrictions and the needs of residents when leaving their vehicles.

PRE-MATCH ACTIVITIES





The Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) will be hosting a mixture of footballing activities on the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G before tonight's game. Activities include small sided games, penalty shoot outs, skill challenges and much more. It's completely FREE with a match ticket! Just turn up between 6PM and 6.45PM.

FAMILY AREA


After a successful trial Burton Albion Football Club is making its Family Area a regular feature for the remainder of the 2017-18 Season.

Fans wishing to use the Family Area should enter the ground by the North Stand turnstiles and then turn right and enter the stand at the far end. They should then use section J of the stand which will be reserved for under 16s and their families. No person will be allowed into this area unless they are with an under 16. There will be zero tolerance of bad language in the Family Area.

BAG POLICY

Burton Albion is reminding fans that they are encouraged not to bring bags to the Pirelli Stadium.

The policy is in operation for security and safety reasons and is in line with other football clubs in the EFL.

The club does not permit holdalls and rucksacks in the stands, terraces or in hospitality areas. The club also discourages bringing smaller bags into the ground. Anyone bringing any bag to the Pirelli Stadium will have to have it checked and tagged by security staff. This will mean that supporters must be willing to present their bags for checking on arrival and that there may be queues meaning extra time will be needed to enter the stadium.


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