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Reading v Stevenage FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 16th January 2018

15th January 2018 / lee
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Reading v Stevenage FA Cup, 16th January 8.00pm

Champions strugglers Reading are still likely to have a scrap on their hands in this FA Cup third round replay. They couldn’t get the job done at the first time of asking against their League Two opponents so will they be able to handle themselves back on home soil? Stevenage though are having their struggles down in League Two and this tie becomes much more difficult now. Reading are 4/9 odds-on at Coral to win this tie, with the draw at 10/3 and Stevenage out at 7/1* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 1:10 a.m.)

Reading v Stevenage FA Cup Betting Tips

The Royals are not having a great season in the Championship and they are only five points above the drop zone and haven’t won for a while either. Reading are actually without a win in any of their last eight games in all competitions now, including their 0-0 draw out at Stevenage in the first meeting. It also leaves them without having scored a goal in any of their last three games. So immediately this has the look of going under 2.5 goals again. The Royals have drawn their last two games 0-0 and in the Coral Correct Score market that is an 11/1 poke* (Betting Odds taken from January 15th, 2018 at 00.37 a.m.). Reading’s form at the Madjeski has seen them win just one of their last six games there and in their last home game they were stunned in a 2-0 defeat against Birmingham who are second from bottom in the league. That was a huge blow for them. If they do battle their way through this one then it is hard to see them doing so by no more than a one-goal margin at best.

Only three times now these two have met before and they have all been in the FA Cup. The first meeting was in 2011 with reading taking a 2-1 away win, but then Stevenage got revenge twelve months later by winning 1-0 at the Madejski. Then there was the 0-0 draw this go around in the third round.

Stevenage started the season strongly enough in League Two but they have really been struggling since around early October last year. So they aren’t a side who are very reliable at the moment and they have little away from to speak about. The Boro have not won any of their last ten games away from the Lamex Stadium (D2 L8). It’s been pretty horrific and they have failed to score in six of those ten away games. That should lend a bit of value towards a Reading to win to nil option at Coral for the replay. It’s unlikely that this is going to produce a lot of goals as the form from Stevenage just isn’t there. In that first meeting, Stevenage really had the better of things in terms of attacking threat at the end of the day and missed a couple of decent chances. But it should be much more difficult for them out on the road against a higher-tiered side. The top scorer for Stevenage this season is Matt Godden and he has four goals in three FA Cup appearances this season as well. The prize for winning through this tie is a game against Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday away from home in the fourth round.

Who will win – Reading v Stevenage FA Cup Predictions

The battle for underdogs Stevenage is much tougher now and they will probably slip to an exit in this one. Reading are not in any great form but the Royals should have enough in the tank to ensure that they don’t miss out on the fourth round.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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