Reading vs Ipswich Town Match Analysis & Prediction
29/08/2023 10:00 pm
Both seeking to ounce back from league defeats at the weekend, Reading and Ipswich Town meet at Select Car Leasing Stadium in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
The Royals lost to Exeter City 2-1 in their most recent League One match, while Ipswich came out on the wrong end of the scoreline in a seven-goal thriller with Leeds United.
With just five points to show from a possible 15 at the start of the season, Reading’s bid for an immediate return to the Championship has already encounters some roadblocks, but few expected the Royals to put four unanswered goals past Millwall in the first round of the EFL Cup earlier this month.
Not since the 2019-20 season have Reading managed to progress as far as the third round of the EFL Cup, but a second-placed exit would be an improvement on their last two knockout campaigns, which ended at the first hurdle to Swansea City and Stevenage respectively.
Ipswich’s four-game winning run across all competitions – which came to a bitterly disapponting end against Leeds – included a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers in the first round of the EFL Cup, but the Tractor Boys have not got as far as round three since the 2015-16 season, where they were beaten by Manchester United.
Ipswich were also dumped out in the first round of the tournament in 2021-22 and 2022-23, and Tuesday’s tie will mark the first meeting between the two clubs since the 2018-19 Championship campaign, where the Royals left Portman Road with a 2-1 win.
Reading vs. Ipswich Town Head to head
In the 34 previous meetings between these two teams, Reading have claimed 15 victories while Ipswich Town have won 12, and they have drawn in seven. Ipswich have scored 50 goals and conceded 47 in the process.
Reading Team News
Reading right-back Amadou Salif Mbengue has recovered from the injury that forced him off after just 18 minutes against Millwall, but lasted 45 minutes of the recent loss to Exeter.
New arrival Paul Makairu – Copenhagen loanee – twisted his ankle just nine minutes after coming on at St James Park, and the winger may not make a rapid recovery in time for the cup.
Reading's Last 5 Matches
12/08/2023Port Vale1Reading0League One
15/08/2023Reading1Cheltenham Town0League One
26/08/2023Exeter City2Reading1League One
Ipswich Town Team News
Ipswich goalkeeper Christian Walton is out for the long-term with a severe foot injury, while Janoi Donacien is nursing a groin strain and should not be available for the trip south.
David Hirst (adductor) failed a late fitness test ahead of the weekend and is also touch-and-go for the EFL Cup.
Ipswich Town's Last 5 Matches
09/08/2023Ipswich Town2Bristol Rovers0League Cup
12/08/2023Ipswich Town2Stoke City0Championship
19/08/2023Queens Park Rangers0Ipswich Town1Championship
26/08/2023Ipswich Town3Leeds United4Championship
Reading vs. Ipswich Town: Odds and Predictions
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