Bradford vs Reading – Match preview and team news

Bradford City will be aiming to become the second League One side in as many seasons to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup when they host Reading, who have not made the last four for 88 years.

Three weeks ago, the Bantams again proved they can rise to the big occasion, following up their stunning success against Chelsea by seeing off more Premier League opponents in the shape of Sunderland, who they outplayed for long periods on the poor surface at Valley Parade, with an early own goal proving critical.

The manner in which manager Phil Parkinson has masterminded two amazing cup runs in the last three seasons has been quite remarkable, and the West Yorkshire club are combining their efforts in this competition with an attempt to reach the League One play-offs. Victory over lowly Crawley Town on Tuesday moved them to within a point of the top six.

Lying a disappointing 18th in the Championship, Reading will not be feared by the home side but will provide a degree of unpredictability having shown inconsistent form throughout the season. Since taking over is manager in December, Steve Clarke has been unable to turn things around significantly, and they needed a last-gasp equaliser at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday to avoid a third straight defeat.

However, the Royals do have four strikers who all have experience of playing at the highest level. Among them is Aiyegbeni Yakubu, whose goal away to 10-man Derby County in round five ensured their progress to this stage.

Gary Liddle returns from suspension for Bradford, for whom fellow midfielder Filipe Morais has recovered from injury in time to play. Reading are waiting on the fitness of Simon Cox, but will be without injured duo Anton Ferdinand and Jem Karacan.

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