Preview: Reading vs. Swansea City

Championship rivals Reading and Swansea City face off at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening for a place in round two of the EFL Cup.

Both sides are aiming to bounce back from defeat in their opening league games of the campaign, with Reading losing to Stoke City and Swansea going down 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers.

The EFL Cup may not rank too highly on Reading and Swansea’s list of priorities for 2021-22, but this midweek contest has now taken on a little more importance for both teams.

Reading twice hit back at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday to claim what looked like being a decent point away from home, only for Sam Surridge to strike an 85th-minute winner.

Royals boss Veljko Paunovic accepted that it was “a point dropped” for his side and a response is now required in this first of three successive home matches.

Swansea were the victims of their own downfall in their loss at Ewood Park, meanwhile, as Steven Benda gave away a needless penalty that Ben Brereton made no mistake in converting.

That came after Sam Gallagher had given Rovers the opener against the run of play, with Jamie Paterson’s debut goal for Swansea proving to be nothing more than a consolation.

After losing his first game in charge, Russell Martin admitted that it will take time for his side to fully adapt to his way of playing.

This midweek tie against fellow second-tier opposition provides Martin with a good chance to get off the mark, and Swansea have a great record in this fixture in recent times.

The Welsh side are unbeaten in 15 games against Reading in all competitions since January 2019, including three victories in their last four trips to the Madejski Stadium.

However, City have lost their last three EFL Cup matches against sides from the same division as themselves, albeit against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

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