The quarter-finals of the FA Cup will begin this Saturday, March 7th when Bradford City host Reading in Valley Parade at 12:45. The Bantams are favorites to win this game and advance to the next round in the FA Cup Odds Bradford v Reading. They are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 2.63 while the Royals are with 2.88, and the draw is with 3.3.
It will be the second time these two teams meet in the FA Cup. The first time was in 1907 and was won by Bradford City 2-0. The Bantams have the lead in the series with 22 wins and 18 draws in 57 games in all competitions.
The last time they met was 11 years ago at Valley Parade and the team led by Phil Parkinson took the victory by 2-0. The last victory of Reading was in 2003 by 1-0 on the road thanks to a goal from Nicky Foster.
The Bantams are listed with 4.33 FA Cup Betting Odds to win this match by one goal, while the Royals are with 4.5 to advance to the next round by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 4.6.
Bradford City come into this game after eliminating two teams of the English Premier League. In the fourth round, they surprised and defeated Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, while in the last 16 round they won at home 2-0 against Sunderland.
In the League One they are located in the eighth place in the standings with 48 points, far from Bristol City, who is the leader with 70 points. Last Tuesday, they finished a streak of three straight games without victory after defeating Crawley 1-0.
Reading won in the previous round away from home after defeating Derby County 2-1 with goals from Robson-Kanu and Yakubu Aiyegbeni. In the Championship, they have not had a good season and are in the 18th place with 41 points. They have lost nine of the 18 games they have played on the road allowing 34 goals, the third most by a team.
Bradford City are looking to win this tournament for the second time in their history. The first time was in 1911 when they beat Newcastle 1-0 at Old Trafford. For this edition, they are rated at 34.0 Odds to lift the cup.
Reading are in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup for the third time since 2009, but they are trying to advance to the semifinals for the first time in their history. They are listed with 1.75 odds to qualify for the next round.
Striker James Hanson, who has managed 11 goals this season, and Jon Stead head the betting Odds to get the first in this game. Both players are listed with 7.5, followed by Pavel Pogrebnyak and Simon Cox with 8.0.
Both teams have struggled to get good results in recent weeks. However, Bradford City will take advantage of this game at home to win and return to the semifinals of the FA Cup for the first time in over 100 years.