There’s a certainly symmetry to this fixture. These sides met on a Tuesday night a couple of months ago with the Royals running out 1-0 winners. Can Jaap Stam’s side book their place at Wembley?
Reading vs Fulham Predictions
Fulham struggled in their quest to break down a stubborn Reading outfit on Saturday and the teams are tied at 1-1 coming into this fixture. The Royals have been excellent defensively this campaign with one or two notable exceptions (the 5-0 hammering at Craven Cottage being one of them). Promising talent Jordan Obita struck first to give Reading an advantage to cling onto but magnificent midfield maestro Tom Cairney nodded in a rebound to even up the contest.
It’s advantage Reading and their home form is pretty impressive but it would be wrong to write-off Fulham and Slavisa Jokanovic just yet. The Whites are an impressive unit and have picked up some impressive results this season. They won at St James’ Park, Carrow Road and the John Smiths Stadium in the latter half of the season and are perfectly capable of overturning this tie if they can find a way to break down the Reading wall.
There’s something about Reading. They’ve been written off time and time again with pundits and Championship fans declaring them ‘boring’ or ‘a flash in the pan’ but I quite fancy them to qualify here. Despite finishing above the Whites and having the home leg second they are still a bigger and better price to qualify for the final. I’m happy to take it. Our first Reading vs Fulham prediction is Reading to qualify at 23/20 with Boylesports.
It just fell short in the first leg but it’s worth chancing again. Fulham need to start on the front foot and Reading possess a real goal threat. Our second Reading vs Fulham betting tip is over 2.5 goals & both teams to score at 21/20 with Coral.
Anytime Goalscorer Tip
It’s a toss-up between John Swift and Yann Kermogant in the goalscorer market here. Swift is a bigger price and scored the winner when these sides met in January. However, Kermogant is a nuisance and has netted in four of the last six Reading home matches. Our third Reading vs Fulham betting tip is Yann Kermogant to score anytime at 11/5 with bet365.
Reading vs Fulham Team News
Paul McShane was dismissed in the first leg and will this clash as a result. Jordan Obita and Liam Kelly face a race to be for this tie. Callum Harriott and Denis Rakels remain sidelined.
There are no new injury worries for the visitors but Chris Martin didn’t impress in the first leg and could find himself on the bench. The Cottagers could draft in Ryan Sessegnon and Neeskens Kebano to freshen things up. Michael Madl remains sidelined.
Head to Head
Reading beat Fulham here earlier in the year. A late John Swift penalty was enough to secure all three points. Fulham haven’t won here since 2008. On the last seven occasions these sides have met (at both grounds) the away side has failed to come away with the victory.
Reading are priced at 11/5 for this tie but have been underestimated throughout the season. Fulham are priced at 13/10 with the draw approximately 5/2 here.
Reading vs Fulham Betting Tips
Reading to Qualify – 23/20 with BoyleSports.
Yann Kermogant to score anytime – 11/5 with Bet365.
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