League Cup

Source: Tom Hevezi/AFP
Reading celebrate their equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Fulham. Source: Tom Hevezi/AFP
Reading  will attempt to score its first ever win over Arsenal  when it welcomes the Gunners to Madejski Stadium in the 4th Round of the League Cup on Wednesday morning (AEST). The Royals have lost all nine League and Cup matches that they have played against Arsenal and are 12 places below them on the Premier League table.

The home side goes into this fixture off the back of an entertaining 3-3  draw against Fulham on the weekend and has few injury concerns, although midfielder Jem Karacan remains sidelined with a knee injury. Historically, Arsenal has used this competition to blood new players and will do the same again here, with several players that lined up in the 1-0  win over QPR on the weekend likely to be rested. Leading scorer Gervinho and England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are injured and won’t play any part in the match.

Despite the fact that they have never beaten their high-profile opponent, Reading will take some confidence into the match given that the Gunners have lost four of their past six away games in the League Cup. They have also managed to find the back of the net in their past 14 matches in the competition, but have only kept one clean sheet in their eleven most recent matches in all competitions.

Premier League club Sunderland  hosts Championship third Middlesbrough  in a Northeast derby, while Leeds  and Southampton  lock horns in other fourth round matches.

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