Cardiff City vs Reading Betting Tip Home Win by One – 4 February 2020

Narrow win for the Bluebirds

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Cardiff City vs Reading
4th February 1945hrs
Football – England – Emirates FA Cup
Pick Home Win by One
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 11/4 odds taken 1355 GMT, Monday 3 February

Neil Harris’ Cardiff City and Mark Bowen’s Reading meet in a fourth round Emirates FA Cup replay at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday evening. This will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season and the third game in ten days. After back-to-back 1-1 draws, who will prevail in South Wales in midweek? For the best tips, predictions and odds, keep an eye on our betting preview.

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Cardiff City Preview – Can the Bluebirds finally see off the Royals?

Cardiff City have struggled for wins lately, picking up just two Championship victories since early December. However, since Neil Harris took over in November, Cardiff have only been beaten twice in 17 league and cup matches. No Championship side have lost fewer games during that time.

Cardiff needed a replay to see off EFL League Two side Carlisle United in the third round. After coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium, Harris’ side won a thrilling replay at Brunton Park. It was a topsy-turvy matchup, with City running out 4-3 winners in the end.

Our betting prediction:
Both teams to score
7/10

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(odds taken 1400 GMT, Monday 3 February)

 
Cardiff have drawn far too many games lately, as eight of their last 12 have ended all square. Having said that, the Bluebirds are unbeaten in seven. Can they book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a win on home soil in midweek?

Reading Preview – Will the Berkshire club continue their unbeaten run against the Welsh side?

Like Tuesday’s opponents, Reading have also been tough to beat in recent months. The Royals make the short trip to South Wales having lost only two of their past 14 across all competitions. However, they have picked up just one win from their last eight.

In the previous round of the FA Cup, Reading beat EFL League One Blackpool at the second attempt. The Tangerines held the Royals to a 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium. However, goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita gave Bowen’s boys a 2-0 victory at Bloomfield Road.

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If Reading can get past Cardiff in Wales on Tuesday, they will welcome Chris Wilder’s in-form Sheffield United of the Premier League to the Madejski in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

 

Cardiff City vs Reading Betting Advice

These two know each other well having already met three times this term. Back in August, the Royals thumped Neil Warnock’s Cardiff in Berkshire, with George Puscas (2) and John Swift getting the goals in a comfortable 3-0 win. Reading have a good recent record in this fixture, as Cardiff have not beaten them since November 2015.

 

Key Facts – Cardiff City vs Reading Betting Tip

  • Cardiff have lost only one home league game this season
  • The Royals have been beaten just once in their past nine on the road in all competitions
  • Reading are unbeaten in eight against Cardiff, winning three and drawing five

 

At the Madejski in the first FA Cup tie last month, Reading and Cardiff played out a 1-1 draw. Callum Paterson’s early goal was quickly cancelled out by a Yakou Meite strike. Both players were then on the scoresheet in a 1-1 Championship draw at the Cardiff City Stadium last Friday.

These two clubs are well matched. After playing out two 1-1 draws recently, I can see this being another close encounter between the pair. Nevertheless, the Bluebirds could nick it on home turf. Cardiff to win by one goal is nicely priced at 11/4.

 

The best betting odds for Cardiff City vs Reading

Cardiff City to win: 10/11 at Bet365
Draw: 5/2 at Bet365
Reading to win: 16/5 at Bet365


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