Reading vs Blackpool preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
 Jerry Yates of Blackpool celebrates scoring their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Blackpool at City Ground on October 16, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Blackpool are looking to bounce back from a defeat at the weekend as they travel to in-form Reading on Wednesday evening.

Blackpool suffered a 2-1 loss away at Nottingham Forest at the weekend, their first loss in five games after beating Blackburn Rovers, Barnsley, Middlesbrough, and drawing to Hull City.

Reading are in great form themselves, only losing one of their last seven games, winning five of those, including most recently a 1-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

Team news

Reading are currently in an injury crisis, having more than eight first-team players out with injuries, with the likes of Lucas Joao, Yakou Meite, Michael Morrison and Alen Halilovic amongst them. Andy Rinomhota may return if he passes a late fitness test.

Blackpool also have a number of players injured at the moment, with the likes of Daniel Gretarsson, Shayne Lavery and Grant Ward all out. Dujon Sterling and Keshi Anderson should both return to the squad after missing Saturday's game, however Kevin Stewart is still being assessed after hobbling off during Saturday's game.

Predicted lineups

Reading:

Southwood; Yiadom, Dann, Moore, Baba, Drinkwater, Laurent, Dele-Bashiru, Swift, Ejaria, Puscas.

Blackpool:

Grimshaw, Sterling, Keogh, Ekpiteta, Garbutt, Dougall, Wintle, Bowler, Anderson, Yates, Madine.

Ones to watch

John Swift

The midfielder has arguably been the best player in the league this season, with 13 goal contributions in 12 games. If he carries on his form, who knows where the Royals could end up this season.

Keshi Anderson

With the absence of Lavery, Blackpool will need a player to step up in his absence, and Anderson is that man. With his sheer pace and dribbling ability, he can really bring the team forward and provide another great attacking option.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was in January 2020 in a FA Cup Third Round replay, when Reading travelled to Blackpool and won 0-2, with goals from former players Jordan Obita and Lucas Boye.

How to watch

This game kicks off on Wednesday, October 20 at 20:00 BST, and is available to watch on Sky Sports Red Button.

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