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Wolves’ Cup tie against Reading is a Portuguese managers’ reunion

Wolves have been drawn at home to Championship side Reading in the third round of the Carabao Cup – re-uniting Portuguese managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Gomes.

The Molineux men will take on the Royals during the week commencing September 23, in between the Premier League matches away to Crystal Palace and at home to Watford.

Nuno’s second spell as a goalkeeper at Porto, from 2007-10, coincided with Gomes’s stint as assistant manager there from 2008-10, as part of Jesualdo Ferreira’s backrooom staff. But Nuno played only eight times in three seasons before calling time on his playing career at the age of 36.

The tie will be the first meeting between the two sides since March 2018 when Matt Doherty scored twice in a 3-0 Wolves victory, sandwiching one from Benik Afobe.

The Royals are currently 11th in the Championship after two victories and a draw from their opening five matches.

Twice winners Wolves have been given a bye to the third round because of their participation in the Europa League. Reading reached this stage of the competition after beating Wycombe and Plymouth.

The sides have met twice in the competition before – and Reading have won both ties. In 1997-98, a Steve Bull brace wasn’t enough to save Mark McGhee’s side from a 4-2 defeat at the Madejski Stadium against the manager’s old club. An own goal from past and future Reading defender Adrian Williams gave the Royals a lead doubled by Phil Parkinson. Although Bull reduced the arrears before half-time, Mike Meacher restored Reading’s two-goal cushion just after the break and Keith McPherson made it 4-1 before another strike from Bull proved nothing more than a consolation.

In 1978-79, Wolves’ dreadful start to their top flight campaign was compounded by defeat to then Fourth Division Reading as they crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at Elm Park, which proved another nail in the managerial coffin of Sammy Chung.