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When Tuesday 6 February 2001, 7.45pm kick-off
Who and Where Bournemouth (Away, Dean Court, Bournemouth, League Division Two)
Ticket Info

This match is pay on the day for Reading fans, for the away end at Dean Court which is uncovered terraces.
Tickets purchased for the original game, which was postponed, are valid for this re-arranged game.
Adult tickets: £12

Food and Beer.

Pop down the M3 and turn onto the M27 signposted towards Bournemouth. Keep going onto the A31 and eventually follow signs to the A338 towards Bournemouth. Stay on the A338 until you come to the A3049 signposted to Boscombe and then you're pretty much there. Car parking is available at the ground as long as you don't mind spending an hour or two in the car park after the final whistle. Another option is the train - the taxi to the ground from Bournemouth central station will set you back about four quid.

The trip to Bournemouth is always a great day out - well worth making a day of it if the weather holds out. There's plenty of options for food and beer both in the town centre, in Boscombe or right next to the ground. Some pubs stop you getting in after two so it's worth turning up with a bit of spare time for a pre-match drink. Next to the ground there's a couple of pubs down Holdenhurst Road, the closest is the Queens Park right by the ground which is recommended, otherwise The Portman is close by down Ashley Road. There's plenty of take aways down Holdenhurst Road too.

Team news

Reading could see Martin Butler returned to the starting eleven after he came off the bench to score Saturday's winner against Port Vale. Butler looked sharp up front and his inclusion could see Rougier put back on the bench. Murty could acutally be named in the squad after shrugging off another injury. Bournemouth could give a starter to Hayter who had an impressive game on Saturday coming off the bench when the Cherries were losing at home.

Reading - from: Whitehead, Newman, Viveash, Hunter, Gray, Caskey, Jones, Murty, Rougier, Igoe, Parkinson, Cureton, Butler, McIntyre, Smith, Hodges, Howie.

Bournemouth - from: Stewart, Narada, Purches, Howe, Tindall, Day, O'Connor, Hughes, Elliott, Jorgensen, Eribenne, Fletcher, Hayter, Menetrier, Broadhurst, Smith.

Form Guide

Reading currently lie in sixth place in the table after two straight 1-0 home wins. This match is one of Reading's games in hand - but it's going to be tough. When we were due to play Bournemouth the first time around they were right down the bottom of the table and Reading could well have come away with the three points. Since that postponement Bournemouth have hit form and clawed their way up the table to 10th position.

Bournemouth's last home match was on Saturday when they put in a disappointing start to the game to go 0-2 down after just 28 minutes - something that will give the Royals some hope. However goals from Hughes from the spot and Fletcher in the second half were enough to earn a draw. Bournemouth will be disappointed with the result but their form before that game had seen two straight away wins in the league - 2-0 at Cambridge and an amazing result winning 1-0 at league leaders Millwall. Reading are going to have to put in a great performance to get some points at Dean Court.

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Previous Meetings 

Reading and Bournemouth have met 102 times for competitive fixtures with the Royals just about having the upper hand.
Reading wins: 41
Draws: 22
Bournemouth wins: 39

Last season Reading beat Bournemouth at home but lost at Dean Court:
4 March 2000: Reading 2 Bournemouth 0
11 September 1999: Bournemouth 3 Reading 1

The season before that Reading met Bournemouth three times - including a memorable away win in the league, a 3-3 home draw and a defeat at Dean Court in the Auto Windscreens:
13 March 1999: Bournemouth 0 Reading 1
8 December 1998: Bournemouth 2 Reading 0
7 November 1998: Reading 3 Bournemouth 3

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Match Odds

Odds available at William Hill, where you can get £25 back on your first bet:
It's close, but Bournemouth are narrow favourites for victory.
Reading win: 13/8
Draw: 12/5
Bournemouth win: 5/4

Predictions We'll be lucky to get a draw. Yep, a draw would be good.
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