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FA Cup: Reading vs West Bromwich preview

Kick-off: Saturday, 20 February @15:00 GMT

Venue: Madejski Stadium (Reading)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Reading vs WBA 3-2 (2012/2013 Premier League)
WBA vs Reading 1-0 (2011/2012 Premier League)
Reading vs WBA 1-0 (2010/2011 FA Cup)
Reading vs WBA 1-1 (2009/2010 Championship)
WBA vs Reading 2-3 (2009/2010 Championship)

Reading vs WBA prediction

A place in the FA Cup quarter-finals will be at stake when Reading and WBA square off against each other at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Royals have been firing on all cylinders of late, but it remains to be seen if they are capable of claiming a major scalp in the last 16.

First tough challenge

As expected, Reading have eliminated the likes of Huddersfield Town and Walsall in the 2015/2016 FA Cup campaign so far, but Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion will be anything but a walk for the Championship team. The Royals have been firing blanks of late and they will certainly give their best to return to winning ways after playing out back-to-back draws with the likes of Wolves and Burnley in previous two league games. Reading were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup semis last season, meaning that they enjoy playing in the competition. Anyhow, the hosts will have to be at their sharpest if they are to eliminate WBA in the last 16. A man to watch in the home team will be Czech Republic attacker Matej Vydra, who has netted six goals in the FA Cup this season.

Coach Brian McDermott has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of West Bromwich Albion and he could field the same starting line-up that played out a goalless draw with Burnley at the weekend.

Baggies proved their worth against Everton

West Bromwich Albion have been producing fine performances in the Premier League ever since coach Tony Pulis took over the reins. The experienced tactician has yet to give up on his defensive style of play, but the club chiefs obviously have faith in the former Stoke City manager. WBA are likely to secure the Premier League survival and, on the other hand, the team set up a meeting Reading in the FA Cup last 16 by beating the likes of Bristol City and Peterborough United. It has to be noted, though, that the Baggies defeated each of their previous two rivals in the replay. Tony Pulis’ troops head into Saturday’s game following a 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park and that is certainly giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Reading. Salomon Rondon scored the winner against Roberto Martinez’s men and the Venezuela striker is widely expected to lead the attack for the visitors against Reading.

James Morrison and Callum McManaman are both sidelined with injury, but coach Tony Pulis has no other injury worries ahead of the FA Cup game. Midfielder Sandro is pushing for a start.

Quick Facts

  • Reading scored one goal in previous three games
  • Royals are on a six-game unbeaten run at home
  • West Brom suffered only one loss in last eight games in FA Cup
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in WBA’s previous two away games
  • WBA recorded their last win at Madejski Stadium in 1995

Reading vs WBA betting tip

Considering that Madejski Stadium will host Saturday’s FA Cup game between Reading and WBA there is every chance we will see a close encounter this time out. The Royals have been struggling in front of goal of late and seeing that the Baggies have been impressive at the back of late, under 2.5 goals bet should be considered. When the two teams met in the FA Cup five years ago Reading recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over WBA and, taking everything into account, one goal could separate the two sides in the Madejski Stadium clash.

Tip: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.60 (3/5) @Unibet

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