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Jon Wilde 23 Jan 2020
  • Reading vs Cardiff City predictions for their FA Cup tie on Saturday

  • We are backing this fourth-round match to go to a replay

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Reading
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25 Jan
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Cardiff City
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Odds correct at the time of writing
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Reading vs Cardiff City Score Prediction

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Reading vs Cardiff City Match Info

Date: Saturday January 25 2020
Kick-off time: 3.00pm GMT
Venue: Madejski Stadium
Referee: Marc Edwards

Reading vs Cardiff City Head-To-Head Record

Last 3 matches (all league games)

August 18 2019: Reading 3-0 Cardiff City

May 6 2018: Cardiff City 0-0 Reading
December 11 2017: Reading 2-2 Cardiff City

Total head-to-head matches played (all competitions): 69
Reading wins: 24
Cardiff wins: 23
Draws: 22

Reading vs Cardiff City Stats

  • This is the seventh FA Cup match between these clubs, both having won two each in 90 minutes with two draws
  • Those six games took place across five ties, Reading progressing three times and Cardiff twice
  • Reading hosted only one of those six FA Cup meetings and it finished as a 1-1 draw

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Everything about this FA Cup fourth-round tie suggests it will be close – and we are backing a replay to be needed to determine which of these clubs advances to the last 16.

Historically, there has been little between Reading and Cardiff in their head-to-head meetings, apart from in the League Cup where the Welsh club have won both ties. But in every other competition, it has been extremely tight (see above).

That is especially true in the FA Cup and also the Championship this season, in which the duo are separated by only two points and two positions just below halfway in the table.

The play-offs remain possible but unlikely for each – and therefore an FA Cup run to the latter stages, if they can avoid the top Premier League teams, could provide a way of enlivening the second half of the campaign for whoever advances.

In terms of current form, Reading have improved considerably since Mark Bowen took over as their manager in October, with their defensive record in particular much better, while Cardiff are also difficult to beat under Neil Harris but they are drawing too many games.

It’s actually seven stalemates in their last 10 matches for the Bluebirds and in view of just how tight it has often been when these clubs have met down the years, a rematch further west along the M4 looks a distinct possibility.

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Reading vs Cardiff City Betting Tips

Draw @ 12/5 with bet365
Under 2.5 goals @ 20/23 with BetVictor

Reading vs Cardiff City Best Bet

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    Reading vs Cardiff City Match Info Date: Saturday January 25 2020 Kick-off time: 3.00pm GMT Venue: Madejski Stadium Referee: Marc Edwards Reading vs Cardiff City Head-To-Head Record Last 3 matches (all league games) August 18 2019: Reading 3-0 Cardiff City May 6 2018: Cardiff City 0-0 Reading December 11 2017: Reading 2-2 Cardiff City Total…