Meeting for the third time in the space of 10 days, Cardiff will welcome Reading to South Wales on Tuesday night with a spot in the fifth round of this year’s FA Cup up for grabs in midweek.
Playing out a 1-1 draw when the two sides faced off in the Welsh capital on Saturday afternoon, the Bluebirds have continued to make a string of improvements since opening the New Year in the bottom half of the Championship table.
On the flip side, while Cardiff might be in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run, the Royals find themselves in the midst of a sluggish patch after a stunning end to 2019.
With their play-off hopes now appearing to be firmly off the table, Reading have failed to win any of their last five matches across all competitions and will make the trip to South Wales as a clear underdog with the bookmakers.
However, you might be interested to know, along with the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw when they faced off over the weekend, Cardiff and Reading played out an identical scoreline when they met in the FA Cup last week. Betting offers like 1-1 draw in Wales can be found priced at 11/2 with Coral.
Callum Patterson’s purple patch continues
Although Cardiff might have been disappointed to have only snatched a point off of Reading in South Wales on Saturday, the Blues did dominate proceedings and have begun to show some real improvements.
With new boss Neil Harris praising his side’s new-found resolve entering the New Year, there is no doubt that the former Millwall boss will be most impressed by the continued success of leading marksman, Callum Patterson.
While the Bluebirds may have drawn five matches on their seven-game unbeaten run, the 25-year-old once again found the net against Reading over the weekend and has now found the net in his last three matches on the bounce.
Also finding the net in back-to-back FA Cup appearances, the Scotland international has also bagged a strike in his last two matchups against Reading over the past 10 days.
You might be interested to know that Patterson can be found priced at 10/3 with Paddy Power to extend on his tally on Tuesday night.
Reading seek a bounce
Although Head Coach Mark Bowen may have seen his side enjoying what was a stunning nine-match unbeaten run when entering the New Year, Reading have since come crashing back down to earth.
Eventually lucky to snatch a point in South Wales over the weekend, the Royals have failed to win any of their last five appearances and are stuck in limbo in the bottom half of the Championship standings.
While they might be struggling to find a similar level they set at the end of 2019, Bowen does have his own leading marksman enjoying an eye-catching run.
Much like Patterson, Reading striker Yakou Meite once again found the net at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday and the 23-year-old has now found the net in back-to-back matchups against the Bluebirds.
Leading Reading’s goalscoring charts with eight strikes so far this season, the Royals’ MVP can be found pencilled in at 12/5 with William Hill to extend on his eye-catching run against Cardiff in midweek.