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Cardiff vs Reading Bettting Tips - Tight contest to produce few goals

Cardiff and Reading have drawn 3 of their last 4 meetings
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Cardiff and Reading set for low scoring draw in EFL Championship fixture (Getty Images)

Cardiff and Reading are set to serve up a tight contest in their English Championship clash at Cardiff City Stadium. Both teams are coming off a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup and should produce an identical result on Friday.

Cardiff Form

Cardiff have not been at their best in recent weeks and currently sit in the bottom half of the Championship table. They have become the draw experts lately having battled to draws in seven of their last 10 matches in all competitions.

The Bluebirds were held 0-0 by Swansea in their last home fixture for a third consecutive draw at Cardiff City Stadium. Neil Harris' men have also been hampered by attacking problems, scoring just one goal in their last three home matches.

Cardiff News

Cardiff remain without winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who is ruled out for the rest of the season. Forwards Isaac Vassel and Danny Ward are also major doubts for Friday’s match due to injury.

Neil Harris
Neil Harris' Cardiff have seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last four matches (Getty Images)

Reading Form

Reading are just two points behind Cardiff on the table having been on a similar run of form. They were held to a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest in their last away match in the Championship with Sam Baldock getting their goal.

The Royals are unbeaten in eight of their last nine Championship matches, including a 1-1 FA Cup draw against Cardiff last Saturday. Mark Bowen’s men have also been unconvincing in attack having failed to score more than one goal in four of their last five matches. 

Reading News

Reading have no major injuries or suspensions ahead of the trip to Wales. They are likely to stick with much of the team that started in the FA Cup last Saturday.

Cardiff vs Reading Head to Head 

Cardiff have 11 wins and 13 draws while Reading have 10 victories from 34 previous matches. There has been under 2.5 goals in two of the last three meetings while three of the last four fixtures have ended in draws.

The most recent meeting was last Saturday’s FA Cup clash at the Madejski Stadium which ended 1-1. Calum Paterson opened the scoring for Cardiff while Yakou Meite struck the equaliser for Reading.

Cardiff vs Reading Betting Odds

Cardiff are valued at odds of 2.20 for a victory at Unibet while a win for Reading is priced at 3.50. Bet365 is offering odds of 3.50 for a draw which has been the outcome in three of the last four meetings. Both teams have also produced under 2.5 goals in two of their last three fixtures which is offered at 1.85 at Unibet.

Cardiff vs Reading Match Up

Robert Glatzel is usually the man tasked with leading the line for Cardiff but the German forward is currently on a six-match goal drought. Danny Ward and Lee Tomlin have one goal each in their last seven matches.

Reading have also had attacking problems lately with top scorer George Puscas failing to score in his last five matches. Lucas Joao has scored just once in his last three matches while Sam Baldock has found the net just three times this season.

Reading have seen under 2.5 goals in their last five matches (Getty Images)

Cardiff vs Reading Stats

  • Cardiff have seen under 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Cardiff have drawn 7 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).
  • Cardiff and Reading have seen under 2.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 meetings (all competitions).
  • Cardiff and Reading have drawn 3 of their last 4 meetings (all competitions).
  • Reading have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Reading are unbeaten in 7 of their last 8 away matches (all competitions).

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Where is Cardiff vs Reading being played?

Cardiff vs Reading will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

When is Cardiff vs Reading being played?

Cardiff vs Reading will be played at 19.45 GMT on Friday 31 January 2020.

What happened in the last Cardiff vs Reading match?

Cardiff and Reading played out a 1-1 draw in their last meeting.



Cardiff and Reading have similar attacking problems and should serve up a low scoring contest. Under 2.5 goals is the tip here with both teams backed to battle to a 1-1 draw.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals Total Goals Market @-117.65 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full Time Result Market @250 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score Market @550 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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