Royals look to keep Wembley hopes alive in EFL Trophy – Reading Today Online

Reading FC midfielder Charlie Savage Picture: Luke Adams

READING FC will be seeking to continue their journey in the EFL Trophy in their knockout tie with Brighton & Hove Albion U21s on Tuesday night.

Despite struggling in League One, the Royals have been in fine form in the EFL Trophy and have scored a hatful of goals in the competition.

Reading cruised through their group by thrashing Exeter City, Swindon Town and Arsenal U21s, scoring an astonishing 19 goals in three matches to top the group.

Ruben Selles’ side then squeezed past fellow League One side Charlton Athletic in the first knockout round.

Alfie May put the Addicks in front but Charlie Savage levelled the game with 10 minutes to go to take it to a penalty shootout.

The Royals were perfect from the spot, scoring all four of their kicks, while Joel Periera saved from May to help them to a 4-2 shootout success.

Reading travel to the South Coast to take on Brighton at the Amex on Tuesday night (7pm kick-off).

The Seagulls progressed from their group with a win and two draws which saw them claim second spot. They beat Walsall and drew with Shrewbury and Forest Green.

Brighton then got through to face Reading as they thumped League Two MK Dons 4-0 with four second-half goals.

Brighton U21 compete in Premier League 2, alongside Reading U21s.

The Seagulls are on 17 points from 10 games with an identical record to the Royals, with the teams separated in seventh and eighth by goal difference.

Predicted Reading line-up: Pereira, Mola, Abbey, Bindon, Mbengue, Savage, Wing, Elliott, Mukairu, Vickers, Ehibhatiomhan

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