Reading vs Cardiff City- Betting Tips and Predictions

Third placed Bristol City’s 2-1 away win against Sheffield United on Friday night saw them cut the gap at the top of the table to 3 points. Cardiff City, second in the table, will be out to restore the 6 point cushion between them and third placed Bristol City. The Welsh side face a tricky and tough opponent who has rediscovered their form.  Reading will want to make it three wins in as many games. On their side, Cardiff will try to utilize their defense heading into this game. Cardiff’s…

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Championship season review: Nottingham Forest, Preston, QPR, Reading

Nottingham Forest: 21st Yet again, there was a new manager in situ at Nottingham Forest heading into a new season, this time in the shape of Frenchman Philippe Montanier, whose aim was to arrest the club’s downward trend of recent years. It was an unforgiving role that was not made any easier by a lack of summer signings and discontent from the fans towards owner Fawaz Al Hasawi. The team got off to a mixed start, and soon developed a Jekyll and Hyde tendency to win at home – where the…

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Promising Championship season kicks-off

Two Champions League-winning managers plying their trades in the second tier of any football league is unprecedented. However, this will be the reality for the Championship this season as Newcastle United and Aston Villa will be managed by Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively. Everyone football fan is buzzed about the competitiveness of the Premier League, but the Championship promises to be equally competitive and boosts some big names in football management this season. Leeds United have appointed former Swansea City manager Gary Monk as their new manager while Reading have…

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La Liga clubs fight over unlikely Euro 2016 hero for Wales

Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu is a man-in-demand following his exploits for the Wales national team at Euro 2016. The 27-year-old shot to fame after scoring a goal following a Cruyff turn in the quarter-final victory over Belgium in the summer’s tournament. Robson-Kanu, who is a free agent after his contract with Championship club Reading City expired this summer, has reportedly attracted interests from some of the major clubs in Europe. Sky Sports (via Wales Online) reports that La Liga clubs Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are involved in the pursuit to secure…

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Former Real Madrid and Tottenham star to play in the Championship

Championship club Reading have been linked with an audacious move for former Real Madrid and Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart. The veteran midfielder, who is currently signed to La Liga side Real Betis, is reportedly available in the transfer market after being told by Betis that he has no future with the club. Get Reading claims that informal discussions have already taken place between the former Dutch international and the Royals, and the player hasn’t ruled out a return to England. Reading’s newly appointed manager Jaap Stam has been…

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Championship Season Review – Reading, Rotherham, Sheff Wed, Wolves

Reading: 17th It was clear that Reading underachieved badly in 2014-15, so manager Steve Clarke quickly set about building a squad that would make a bid for the play-offs at the very least. Some high profile loan signings arrived including Chelsea starlet Lucas Piazon and Benfica’s Ola John, but it did not spark a flying start as results early on proved tough to come by. That was until the end of August, when something clicked and they were suddenly unplayable, wiping the floor with both Brentford and Ipswich Town in…

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Reading vs Crystal Palace – Match preview and team news

The only remaining side below the Premier League left standing in the FA Cup will attempt to reach a second successive Wembley semi-final on Friday evening as Reading take on Crystal Palace and their former manager Alan Pardew. For whatever reason, the Royals always seem to perform exceptionally well in this competition, reaching the latter stages on a number of occasions in recent years. After wins over Huddersfield Town and Walsall in their opening two matches, their performance level increased considerably in round five as they came from behind to…

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Top 10 most important strikers in The Championship

With almost three quarters of the season behind us, it’s time to look at some of the most remarkable statistics in The Championship, England’s second tier football league. Hull City is leading the way, being trailed shortly by Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton, while also Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are not done contending for promotion to the Premier League. At the bottom, three clubs are in serious trouble, as Charlton, Bolton and Rotherham have to make up a lot of ground to avoid being relegated to the League One. But who has…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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(Video) Reading release Europop song and it’s the worst thing you’ll hear all day

Championship side Reading aren’t the first club you’d think of when hearing that a club from England had released a pop song, but they’ve set the bar at a new low with this excruciating effort. The song, entitled ‘They Call Us The Royals’ was penned by Reading’s new Thai owner Lady Sasima ‘as a gift for the club’. And though it’s good to see owners trying to connect with their club’s fans, this probably isn’t what most had in mind… See the cringeworthy video below, just don’t forget to ‘defend…

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Chelsea gossip: Pogba, Stones and Marquinhos deals fail to materialise, but £8m pair arrive

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Chelsea failed in their attempts to land Juventus star Paul Pogba, Everton centre-back John Stones, and Paris Saint-Germain youngster Marquinhos, according to the Daily Mail. The inability to bring the trio in to Stamford Bridge meant that it was a surprisingly low-key deadline day for the Premier League champions. Two players that did arrive on the final day of the window however, are defenders Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector, BBC Sport report. The pair both joined for £4m, and while the former Nantes…

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Chelsea fail in £134m deadline day double swoop and forced to go ‘on the cheap’

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was forced to settle on spending just £6.75m on new talent on transfer deadline day because he spent the last two weeks of the window chasing two players worth £134m, the Daily Express reports. During the final hours of a busy summer spending period, The Blues brought in Nantes’ Senegal international defender Papy Djilobodji for £2.75m before completing the surprising £4.5m signing of Reading’s Jamaican international centre-back Michael Hector. But having already brought in the likes of Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic, Kenedy, Nathan, Danilo Pantic, Baba…

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Chelsea complete £4m John Stones alternative…but loan him back to Championship outfit

Chelsea have completed the £4m signing of Reading defender Michael Hector, but have loaned him back to the club for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, according to the club’s official website. The 23-year-old has penned a five-year contract with The Blues, but will not link up with the club until next summer. A Jamaican international with six caps to his name, the official website claims that he is a boyhood Chelsea fan and started his career on the books of Millwall before moving to Reading in 2009. And after…

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Chelsea spend £6.7m on moves for defensive duo Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector

Chelsea have reportedly completed the signing of two defenders on transfer deadline day, with Nantes’ Papy Djilobodji and Reading’s Michael Hector both moving to Stamford Bridge, according to the Metro. The Blues spent £2.7m on the Senegalese centre-back (via Metro), after he signed a four-year contract with the Premier League champions, BBC Sport report. While the 27-year-old’s move has surprised many given the marquee names that have been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, it is surely the deal for Hector that will stun most football fans. The…

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Former Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson named as Premier League’s most influential figure

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the most influential person in Premier League history. READ MORE: Manchester United Transfer News Ten unstoppable players Manchester United almost signed Man United would lucky to sign key target, says ex-Real Madrid chief In a list compiled by the Daily Mail, the veteran tactician saw off competition from the likes of Roman Abramovich, Rupert Murdoch and Richard Scudamore to exert his influence on the top flight. Current Premier League managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho also featured amongst the…

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Championship season review: Norwich, Nottm For, Reading, Rotherham

Norwich City: 3rd (promoted via Play-offs) Despite all the parachute payments that come their way, it is always difficult for a side relegated from the Premier League to bounce straight back the following season, so Norwich deserve immense credit for their success, which came via the play-offs. Keeping several players was vital to their success, with experienced duo Sebastien Bassong and captain Russell Martin making up a strong defensive pairing with full-backs Martin Olsson and Steven Whitaker either side. In midfield, Alexander Tettey and Jonathan Howson were superb alongside Player…

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Reading vs Arsenal – Match preview and team news

Championship strugglers Reading stand between holders Arsenal and a place in yet another FA Cup final as the two sides contest the first of the weekend’s two ties on Saturday. The Royals have saved their best performances this season for this competition, but this is the first time they have come against Premier League opponents during this run, having seen off second tier rivals Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City and Derby County, as well as ending the run of League One Bradford City. Realistically, it is hard to see them winning…

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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…

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Derby County 1-2 Reading: Yakubu late goal sends Royals into the FA Cup quarter-finals

Reading earned a shock victory in the FA Cup fifth round, winning at the iPro stadium against Derby County, reports BBC Sport. Reading hit the woodwork in the first-half, with striker Simon Cox coming close to giving the visitors the lead. The Royals were also denied a penalty, after a Danny Williams shot appeared to have struck Derby defender Richard Keogh on the arm. After the goalless first-half, it was Reading who took the lead after the break. Hal Robson-Kanu curled an effort from distance into the back of the…

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Derby vs Reading – Match preview and team news

A place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup is up for grabs as Championship duo Derby County and Reading meet at the iPro Stadium on Saturday. The hosts will come into this as favourites, very much in the promotion race again after failing in the play-off final last season. They are currently third in the second tier having drawn with fellow contenders Bournemouth on Tuesday, and the additions of Darren Bent and Thomas Ince on loan have given them a significant boost in recent weeks. Two wins over sides…

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Championship season review: Millwall, Nottingham Forest, QPR, Reading

Millwall:19th It is becoming an all too familiar feeling around The Den for Millwall fans – the battle to stave off relegation. And this season was no different as they had to wait until the final day to make sure of their Championship status. A nail-biting 1-0 victory over Bournemouth ensured new manager Ian Holloway had guided the club to safety and give fans hope that next season under his stewardship, they might fare better. The Lions started the campaign under Steve Lomas but during his six months in charge…

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Championship Analysis – Yeovil escape from Lions’ Den with historic win

Yeovil Town played their first ever game in England’s second tier on Saturday and clinched a historic win at the first attempt. Admittedly the Glovers rode their luck for large parts of the game as Millwall were continuously wasteful in front of goal, and as such Ed Upson’s winner in the last few minutes could be construed as something of a smash-and-grab affair, but the win bodes well. Promoted sides are a pundit’s dream when it comes to analysing instances of forwards paying the price for not snapping up chances…

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Newcastle ready to offer Reading free agent Pearce a contract

Newcastle look ready to offer Reading defender Alex Pearce a contract, as Metro says Alan Pardew is beginning to plan for the future. Newcastle’s defence was breached regularly in the Premier League last season, shipping over 70 goals including seven over two games to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. Pardew sees Pearce as the plughole needed to stop this sorry statistic being repeated again next campaign, especially as club captain Fabricio Coloccini looks destined to return to his native Argentina this summer. James Tomkins has also been linked with a…

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Reading season review – Championship awaits for relegated Royals

Reading: 19th FA Cup: Fifth round League Cup: Fourth round Reading’s first return to the Premier League since being relegated in the 2007-08 campaign was not as successful as they planned. They made some signings in the transfer window – including striker Pavel Pogrebnyak being brought in from Fulham and Danny Guthrie in from Newcastle United – but these players, and others, failed to make an impact throughout the season. They were knocked out of both cups before the quarter-final stage, and only managed six wins in the 38 game…

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West Ham v Reading – Match preview and team news

Reading will close out their year-long stint in the Premier League with a trip to Upton Park to take on a West Ham side aiming to secure a top-half finish. The two sides have had contrasting fortunes this season after both coming up from the Championship last season, where ironically it was relegated Reading who came up as champions while the Hammers, who had to make it through the play-offs, have survived far more comfortably under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce. That success has brought the former Bolton, Newcastle and…

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