Blackpool vs Reading
England – FA Cup
Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Bloomfield Road (Blackpool).
Reading did the mistake of underestimating Blackpool in the third round, which has led to the game being replayed. This time though, the in-form Championship team will set things right, and get over the struggling Blackpool, who ply their trade in the League One.
Blackpool vs Reading Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two clashed had been in the first leg of this encounter, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
- Eight of the former eleven wins went to Reading.
- Four of the last six clashes had goals from both teams.
- Reading have failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous five visits to this stadium.
Blackpool vs Reading Prediction
Blackpool and Reading had fought each other in the first leg of this current round. Then Reading had the home advantage, and they failed to utilize it well, as the visitors almost gave them a run for their money.
Two times Blackpool took the lead in the match, only for Reading to equalize. Towards the end of the fixture, the guests were awarded a penalty, which they failed to convert. Had that been scored, this replay could probably have been avoided.
Reading know just how much of a lifeline they had been gifted the last time, and this Tuesday, they will have their guard on. They are a team that competes in the Championship, which is the second tier of English Football, and also one of the toughest to take part in the whole of Europe.
On the other hand, Blackpool are a part of the League One, the third tier of English football hierarchy. Even there, Blackpool have not been that much of a dominating presence.
Moreover, taking current form into consideration, Reading come out on top once again. They are unbeaten in their last eight overall fixtures, and even had a four-game winning streak in the midst of this stretch. On the road, they are unbeaten in their prior five trips, and won their most recent two outings.
In addition, they scored twice or more in these last two match-ups, and were unbeaten in 12 of their preceding 15 road games as well.
On the contrary, Blackpool are winless in their previous six matches, and lost their former two appearances at home. On top of that, Reading have also been the better team in h2h clashes over the years.
In fact, they have registered eight of the last eleven such wins, and most importantly, it’s been seven years since Blackpool have won against this opponent.
Taking these observations into account, expect the in-form Reading to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Blackpool vs Reading Betting Tips
Double Chance: Reading or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
Reading to Win Either Half @ 1.80 (4/5).