Bradford v Reading predictions and free football betting tips for the FA Cup this weekend.
After slaying Premier League opposition in the previous 2 rounds, League One side Bradford City take on Championship strugglers Reading as they look to continue a fantastic Cup run and make it to a Wembley semi-final.
With home advantage and just 15 places separating the sides, Bradford will begin the match as slight favourites. Will this tag prove a burden for the League One side or will they be able to carry on where they left off last time out in the cup against Sunderland?
As we have already seen in the FA cup this season, anything is possible. Nobody gave Bradford a chance at Stamford Bridge but they ran out clear and deserved winners. The victory over Sunderland was not as unexpected, but certainly proves that confidence goes a long way to winning football matches. It seems Chelsea got complacent and Sunderland, on a run of terrible form, simply didn't have any fight left in them. The Bantams went into both matches with nothing to lose, but against Reading, some may be expecting a home victory. Can Bradford live with the pressure?
Last time out in the cup, Reading travelled to Championship high fliers Derby County and came away with a 2-1 victory, helped in no small part by a sending off for Steven Warnock in the 39th minute. However, in the league, Reading are struggling. One win from six with just four goals scored from these games sees The Royals lying in 18th place in the Championship.
Bradford are in much better form than Reading with three wins from six and they lie in 8th place in League One. They have only scored 7 goals from their six previous games and so, with both teams generally producing few goals, this match does not hint at a high scorer.
When comparing both these teams, it is hard to separate them. Reading are lacking in confidence at the moment and as the higher ranked team, I feel that the pressure may get to them. Bradford, despite being labelled as slight favourites, will know that realistically nobody expected them to make it this far. Based on current form as well as the confidence this brings, I feel Bradford will triumph again and make it to a Wembley semi-final. Therefore my first betting tip is for Bradford to win. Odds of 13/8 can be found with Betfred.
Both teams have a particularly low scoring record and 5 out of Bradford’s last 7 games have finished with under 2.5 goals. With this in mind, I am predicting a low scoring game with the odd goal being enough to take the victory. Therefore my second football betting tip is for there to be under 2.5 goals. Odds of 31/40 can be found with Bet Victor.
Looking at Reading’s poor scoring record, I feel that only the home side will score. Bradford’s previous FA Cup tie against a struggling Sunderland side finished 2-0 to the Bantams. I am expecting a repeat of this score line against Reading. Therefore, my third and final football betting tip is for Bradford to win 2-0. Odds of 13/1 can be found with Bet Victor.
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Bradford to win 2-0 – 13/1 with Bet Victor.
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