Competition: FA Cup
Market: Reading win
Odds: 4/5 @ Bet 365
Suddenly transforming into one of the Championship’s in-form teams, Reading will welcome League One strugglers Blackpool to the Madejski on Saturday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, putting in yet another eye-catching display away at play-off hopefuls Fulham and fully deserving their 2-1 victory, the mood in Reading’s camp couldn’t be any high. Finding a route out of the drop zone and really starting to shine under new boss Mark Bowen, fans around the Madejski find their side in the midst of a four-match winning run, a run that has seen them pick up victories over the likes of Derby and Preston. Also enjoying an unbeaten run that stems back to the 7th of December, there is no doubt that Reading should see Saturday as a golden opportunity to secure their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
As for the visitors, while Blackpool may have opened the new League One campaign in some style, the Oranges have since begun to show some rather glaring issues. Hit with a 2-1 defeat away at Rotherham last time out and now losing their play-off status, Simon Grayson’s men are in the midst of a five-match winless run and the former Preston boss will be most concerned by his side’s continued struggles away from Bloomfield Road. Remarkably without a win on their travels since the middle of September, an eight-match run, we’re backing another tricky afternoon on the road for Blackpool.
Bet: Reading 4/5 to beat Blackpool in Saturday’s FA Cup tie @ Bet 365
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