Reading v Bradford City predictions and betting tips for the FA Cup match tonight.
Reading manager Steve Clarke faces a juggling act as he faces 2 games in the space of 3 days. This is the scheduling problem that has been caused by not allowing the FA Cup to be played on the same day as any Champions League match. Utter madness.
The Royals were unable to get past the Bantams a week ago and both sides are playing for the opportunity to face Arsenal in the Semi Finals.
Bradford dominated the game at Valley Parade and both sides hit the post during the 90 minutes and although the potential reward is lucrative, the replay will suit neither side when it comes to easing fixture congestion. Both teams played in midweek with Reading beating Brighton 2-1 thanks to a Jamie Mackie double whilst Bradford drew 1-1 with Coventry.
There were no goals last time round and I think it could be a similar low scoring affair on this occasion too. The pitch will be of better quality and it may be suited to getting the ball down and playing, but neither side will want to surrender the advantage early doors and it could be cagey.
Reading haven’t been scoring freely and despite the exploits of Jamie Mackie, there hasn’t been anybody who can play the poacher role. Adam Le Fondre is at Bolton and both Pogbreynak and Mackie work hard, but don’t play the role of precision finisher.
I think this game will be settled in 90 minutes, but there won’t be many goals and it won’t be a vintage cup tie, but both teams will battle hard.
For tonight’s first football betting tip back under 2.5 goals at 4/6 with Bet365.
With Watford away just 2 days earlier, Clarke might be tempted into a couple of changes and one man who might benefit from the rotation is Yakubu. The former Middlesbrough and Everton man who signed in January may get a rare start, but will almost certainly come off the bench at some stage. Therefore an anytime goalscorer bet on him makes sense.
The Nigerian has only scored once since arriving at Reading, but has found first team chances limited and he may take his opportunity if Clarke puts his faith in him.
Bet on Yakubu to score anytime for our next Reading v Bradford betting tip at 85/40 with Bet Victor.
Bradford are on a magical cup run and under manager Phil Parkinson have sparkled and shined in the knockout format these last few years. Reading are a tough nut to crack, but Bradford have seen off Sunderland and Chelsea to get to this stage so they won’t be going down without a fight.
Reading haven’t quite clicked as well as Steve Clarke would have liked and the signing of Zat Knight suggests that the former West Brom manager believes his side still concede too many goals.
They might not win the tie, but they will give as good as they’ve got, so it might be wise to back Bradford on Draw No Bet.
For tonight’s last football betting tip on Reading v Bradford we’re backing Bradford draw no bet at 9/4 with Bet365.
Reading v Bradford Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals – 4/6 with Bet365: get £200 free when you register at Bet365.
Bradford draw no bet – 9/4 with Bet365.
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