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Reading vs Sheffield United Betting Tips - Blades set to get past Championship strugglers

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Sheffield United are set to advance at the expense of hosts Reading in FA Cup clash (Getty Images)

Reading vs Sheffield United Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

A place in the FA cup quarter finals is up for grabs as Sheffield United travel to the Madejski Stadium for a clash with Championship club Reading. The Blades are backed to have the upper hand over a struggling Reading side.

Reading Form

Reading needed a replay and penalties before seeing off Cardiff City in the previous round. They were held to a 3-3 regulation time draw in the replay in Wales with Omar Richards, Andrew Rinomhota and Yakou Meite getting the goals.

The Royals head into Tuesday’s match off the back of a 2-0 Championship victory over Barnsley with Yakou Meite once again on target while George Puscas got the second goal. The result ended a run of two straight defeats for Mark Bowen’s men who have struggled in recent weeks.

Reading have also found goals hard to come by lately having failed to score in two of their last three matches.

Reading News

Reading have a lengthy injury list with defenders Chris Gunter and Tom McIntyre still sidelined. Forwards Lucas Joao and Lucas Boye are also ruled out of Tuesday’s match due to injury.

Sheffield United Form

Sheffield United overcame another Championship team in the previous round having claimed a 2-0 victory against Millwall. Mohamed Besic opened the scoring in the second half while Oliver Norwood added the second six minutes from time.

The Blades head into Tuesday’s fifth round clash in fine form having claimed three wins from their last four matches. They have also impressed defensively lately, keeping clean sheets in their last two away matches. 

Sheffield United News

Defender Enda Stevens is a major doubt for the trip to Reading due to a slight knock. He is unlikely to be risked in Tuesday’s match and should be replaced by Ben Osborn who impressed in their last Premier League fixture against Brighton.

Reading vs Sheffield United Head to Head 

Sheffield United have a 13-12 advantage with 5 draws from 30 previous matches against Reading. The Blades have also won the last four meetings, including a 4-0 victory at Bramall Lane during the 2018-19 English Championship season with John Fleck getting one of the goals.

Reading vs Sheffield United Betting Odds

Reading are outsiders at home with betfair offering 4.60 for a win while a draw is set at 3.60. Unibet has the best odds for a Sheffield United victory at 1.88. Having claimed a 4-0 victory in the last meeting, the Blades are priced at 3.20 to secure a win to nil while a -1 handicap is valued at 3.50.

Reading vs Sheffield United Match Up

George Puscas is often the man tasked with leading the line for Reading but the striker has scored just one goal in his last three matches. He is usually supported by Yakou Meite who has also found the net just once in his last three appearances.

Sheffield United possess a solid defensive trio of Jack O’Connell, Chris Basham and John Egan who are expected to shut out the Reading attack. The Blades also carry a major goal threat with Oliver McBurnie and John Fleck in attack. 

John Fleck
Attacking midfielder John Fleck is expected to play a key tole for Sheffield United (Getty Images)

Reading vs Sheffield United Stats

  • Reading have lost 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Reading have failed to score in their last 2 matches against Sheffield United (all competitions).
  • Sheffield United have won their last 4 matches against Reading (all competitions).
  • Sheffield United have won 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Sheffield United have kept clean sheets in their last 2 away matches (all competitions).

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Where can I watch Reading vs Sheffield United live stream online?

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When is Reading vs Sheffield United being played?

Reading vs Sheffield United will be played at 20.00 GMT on Tuesday 3 March 2020.

Where is Reading vs Sheffield United being played?

Reading vs Sheffield United will be played at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, England.

What is Reading's most recent Form?

Reading’s recent form (last 5 matches): WLLWL

What is Sheffield United’s most recent form?

Sheffield United's recent form (last 5 matches): DWWWL

What is the Reading vs Sheffield United H2H record?

Total Matches: 30, Reading Wins: 12, Sheffield United Wins: 13, Draws: 5

What is the predicted Reading line-up?

Predicted Reading line-up (4-5-1): Rafael, Obita, Yiadom, Morrison, Miazga, Olise, Ejaria, Swift, Rinomhota, Meite, Puscas.

Unavailable: McIntyre (injured), Gunter (injured), Boye (injured), Joao (injured).

What is the predicted Sheffield United line-up?

Predicted Sheffield United line-up (3-4-3): Henderson, O’Connell, Egan, Baldock, Osborn, Norwood, Berge, Fleck, Mousset, McBurnie.

Unavailable: Stevens (injured).


Sheffield United head into Tuesday’s match with three wins in their last four matches. I’m backing them to shut out Reading and pick up a 2-0 away win.

Best Bet: Sheffield United Win Win Market @1.88 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Sheff Utd Win To Nil Win To Nil Market @3.20 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Sheff Utd Win 2-0 Correct Score Market @8.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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