Reading vs Sheffield United
England – FA Cup
Date: Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Madejski Stadium (Reading).
Sheffield are in pursuit of a European spot in the PL, while their counterparts are finding it hard to keep safe even their mid-table spot in the Championship. Suffice it to say, Sheffield are easily the favorites this Tuesday.
Reading vs Sheffield United Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Sheffield had recorded a 4-0 win.
- As of now, Reading are on a four-game losing run against this opponent.
- Eight of the previous nine wins had gone to Sheffield.
- At this venue, the guests had won five of the former six visits.
- Since 2007, only once have Reading won at home.
Reading vs Sheffield United Match Preview
Reading defeated Cardiff in the previous round with the aid of penalties. It was already the second leg, as the first game had ended in a draw.
The first fixture, at Reading’s home had ended in a 1-1 draw. The return match-up saw either team score two goals apiece in regular time, and one goal each in the extra time.
Later, Reading showed great composure to win the penalty shootout in an away ground.
In the meantime, Sheffield dealt a 0-2 loss to Millwall in the previous round. It was practically a one-sided affair, despite the former being on the road.
As of now, the Blades are going after a European spot from England, and a deep run in this domestic competition would just further improve their confidence.
Reading vs Sheffield United Prediction
First and foremost, Sheffield have been one of the top-performing teams in the top flight this season. Keep note that in spite of having a game in hand, the team is still in a position to fight for a top-tier spot.
On the other hand, Reading are in the lower division Championship, and even there, they have not been able to leave a mark yet this campaign.
On top of that, Sheffield had won the latest h2h clash with a 4-0 scoreline, and importantly are on a four-game winning run against this opponent. The combined scoreline for the past four h2h meetings was 11-2, in favor of the Blades, and in addition, Reading last won against this opponent in 2013, and before that in 2008.
Moreover, at this venue, the guests had won five of the past six h2h clashes, have scored twice or more goals in four of the prior five such meetings, and only once have they failed to find the back of the net since 2007.
Considering all these observations, and most importantly the fact that the Blades have the second-best defensive record in the PL this season (just below Liverpool), it’s estimated that Sheffield United should deliver a victory this Tuesday, and keep a clean sheet as well.
Reading vs Sheffield United Betting Tips
Sheffield United to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Sheffield United to Win to Nil @ 3.00 (2/1).