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Big Match Preview: Stevenage v Reading

It's the FA Cup Third Round...

5 January 2018

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Get ready for Saturday's big cup game...

  • Key Matchday Info...

Tickets are available at advance prices until midnight on Friday at borotickets.co.uk.

Matchday tickets are also available from the turnstiles or Ticket Office for Stevenage supporters ONLY.

Reading have sold out their entire allocation and therefore, supporters are advised NOT to travel unless you have a ticket.

Please be reminded that tomorrow's game is our FINAL one with the old North Terrace. There will no crossing into the stand from other sections of the stadium. More details here.

Check out our First Time Guide, aimed at providing all the vital information for first time home AND away supporters.

Royals - take a look at our Away Fans section of the website ahead of tomorrow's game.

Look out for our new Astute Family Challenge at half-time… All the details here.

Continue your player sticker collection this weekend with two stickers supplied with every matchday programme. Make sure you buy a copy of our Sticker Poster too, which has the sticker poster included.

The Broadhall Suite will only be open to both home and away fans from midday.

The Club Shop & Ticket Office are open from midday through until kick-off.

Free parking is available across the A602 in Fairlands Valley car park. Please note not to park in the nearby retail parks.

Get to the game with our Arriva Shuttle Bus service which runs from the Bus and Railway Station to The Lamex Stadium for just £1.50 return.

The bus leaves the stations at 12:54, 13:19, 13:44, 14:09 & 14:34 before the game and then at 16:40, 17:00, 17:20 & 17:45 from the stadium.

Any questions or queries? Please let us know and don't hesitate to ask.

  • Onto the game…

Stevenage go into Saturday's tie with some much needed added confidence thanks to a 4-1 win at home to Chesterfield on Monday.

Form at home has been good in recent months, with no defeat since October and three wins from the last four, including 14 goals scored in those three victories.

Boro are one of the top scorers in the FA Cup this season too, with 10 goals scored from the first two rounds. A 5-1 win against Nantwich was followed up by a 5-2 win at home to Swindon, setting up this Third Round tie.

We also have arguably the leading player in the competition so far, Matty Godden with 4 goals & 3 assists - the most goals contribued by any single player.

Reading meanwhile are currently on a down-year as they sit 18th in the Championship, just two points above the relegation zone.

After last season's visit to Wembley in the Play-Off Final, it goes without saying that the first half of the season has been a disapointment.

Royals boss, Jaap Stam may therefore make a number of changes to his usual side tomorrow, hoping that a younger side will be enough to secure progression.

  • Team news…

Darren Sarll should have a healthy bunch of players to pick from tomorrow with Terence Vancooten the only known absentee - still out after suffering a broken cheekbone at Lincoln.

  • View from both camps...

Stevenage boss, Darren Sarll...

“It has been a while since we have had a proper Third Round cup tie and it is one we are very much looking forward to. 

“Wee have been really positive and scored a lot of goals at home of late.

“We are glad it is a home game, we are glad it is a tie at The Lamex, we are glad it is in our tight stadium and we are glad it is in front of our supporters."

Reading boss, Jaap Stam...

“If you play in the FA Cup, these games are always difficult – especially if you’re away from home,” said the Royals boss.

“People might expect that Stevenage will be an easy game, but it won’t be – we’ll need to work hard against them to get a result.”

  • Previous meetings...

Tomorrow's game will be the third time the two sides have faced each other in the competition since 2010/2011, both sides with a win each.

Shane Long scored late in 2011 to give the Royals a 1-2 Fourth Round win at the Lamex, whilst a year later, Darius Charles' goal won the game at the Madjeski to send Boro on their way to a lucrative Fifth Round tie at home to Tottenham.

  • Can’t make it to The Lamex?

Live match commentary will be available for this game so make sure you subscribe to the new Stevenage iFollow service.

Due to broadcasting rights, the game will NOT be available for overseas fans to stream via iFollow

iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction.

Always stay locked into our Twitter feed on a matchday - it is the #1 place for all the latest from the Lamex.

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