Reading vs Cardiff City Betting Tip Home Win & BTTS – 25 January 2020

Royals to edge past Bluebirds

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Reading vs Cardiff City
25th January 1500hrs
Football – England – Emirates FA Cup
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Odds: 15/4 odds taken 1528 GMT, Friday 24 January

EFL Championship rivals Reading and Cardiff City will square off twice in the next week. Before next Friday’s league clash in South Wales, the Royals and Bluebirds go head-to-head at the Madejski Stadium this weekend for a place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup. This all-Championship affair could go either way, but the home team are the slight favourites. Here are our tips and predictions with the latest odds.

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Reading Preview – will the Royals make home advantage count at the weekend?

Mark Bowen’s Reading needed two cracks at EFL League One Blackpool to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round. The Royals were held to a 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium in the first game, coming from behind twice. Reading then went on to win 2-0 at Bloomfield Road in the replay.

Reading made a poor start to their league season, but Bowen has certainly rallied the troops since taking over. The Royals are now in 15th place, closer to the play-offs than the bottom three. Overall, Reading have won ten, drawn seven and lost 11, scoring 35 and conceding 32.

Our betting prediction:
Both teams to score
3/4

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(odds taken 1535 GMT, Friday 24 January)

 
Reading have been solid on their own patch lately, winning two and drawing one of their last three in the Championship. Since Bowen took over, only Leeds United and Birmingham City have won at the Madejski.

After battling past a dogged Blackpool outfit in the third round, Reading will be hoping to see off fellow Championship side Cardiff on Saturday.

Cardiff City Preview – Can the Bluebirds make the short trip home with their name in round five?

Cardiff City have been hard to beat under Neil Harris, losing just twice, but they have drawn far too many games. In fact, six of their last nine in all competitions have ended level. The Bluebirds are without a win in three in the Championship, drawing one and losing two.

Cardiff have picked up just one win from their last eight in the league, but they did beat Carlisle United in an exhilarating replay in the FA Cup. After an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium, City edged a seven-goal thriller at Brunton Park. Aden Flint scored twice, while Josh Murphy and Danny Ward got the others.

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Cardiff have been pretty abysmal on the road this season, picking up just three league and cup wins. However, all three of those victories have come since Harris arrived in the Welsh capital. Can the Bluebirds claim a rare win on their travels and progress in the cup at the weekend?

 

Reading vs Cardiff City Betting Advice

Reading put on a show when these two squared off in Berkshire back in August. The Royals were superb, while Cardiff were awful, with goals from George Puscas (2) and John Swift giving the home side a deserved 3-0 win.

 

Key Facts – Reading vs Cardiff City Betting Tip

  • Reading have been beaten only twice at the Madejski under Bowen
  • Cardiff have won just three away matches in all competitions this term
  • The Bluebirds lost 3-0 at Reading in the Championship earlier in the season

 

Reading have a good recent record over the Bluebirds, and I can see them beating Cardiff again in an entertaining fixture on Saturday. Take a punt on the home side to win and both teams to score at bet365’s generous odds of 15/4.

 

The best betting odds for Reading vs Cardiff City

Reading to win: 11/8 at Bet365
Draw: 5/2 at Bet365
Cardiff City to win: 19/10 at Bet365


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