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Reading vs Cardiff Predictions & Tips - I am tipping Reading to do the double over Cardiff

  • Reading vs Cardiff predictions Friday’s Championship match
  • The game is being played at 6pm BST at the Madejski Stadium
  • Reading have won 3 of their last 4 home matches
  • I am backing a home win in Reading
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Reading have won 3 of their last 4 matches at Madejski Stadium (Getty Images)
Matthew Crichton 14 Apr 2021
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Reading vs Cardiff Predictions


Reading have an excellent home record in the Championship this season and Cardiff are currently on a very poor run of form. This match should give Reading the opportunity to keep their playoff hopes alive.

  • Reading have won 3 of their last 4 home matches (Championship).
  • Reading have seen under 2.5 in 4 of their last 6 matches (Championship).
  • Reading have won 2 of their last 3 matches against Cardiff (Championship).
  • Cardiff have lost to nil in 2 of their last 3 matches (Championship).
  • Cardiff have failed to score in 3 of their last 5 matches (Championship).

Head to Head


Reading have a 27-23 advantage against Cardiff with 23 draws in 63 matches.

Reading Form


Reading’s home form has been excellent of late and looks to be the key if they are to secure a playoff place. 

At the Madejski Stadium are unbeaten in four matches, winning three of them against Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby. Away from home they have suffered frustrating defeats to Birmingham and Watford.

At home Reading are capable of scoring, putting three past both Sheffield Wednesday and Derby.

Reading Injuries & Team News


Top scorer Lucas João is likely to return to the starting XI after featuring from the bench against Watford.

Reading are lacking numbers in central defence, as both Michael Morrison and Tom McIntyre have been ruled out for the rest of the season. 

Felipe Araruna remains sidelined through injury, whilst midfielder John Swift may make his long-awaited return from injury from the bench.

Cardiff Form


Following an eleven-match unbeaten run under Mick McCarthy, Cardiff have now won just one in seven matches as their playoff hopes are fading. 

Cardiff’s recent form has seen them lose 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest, before an embarrassing 5-0 away defeat to struggling Sheffield Wednesday.

The Bluebirds did improve against Blackburn, but a 90th minute Adam Armstrong equaliser snatched a point for Tony Mowbray’s side and left Cardiff without a win in three games.

Cardiff have only scored four goals in their last seven matches and are losing form at the wrong time.  

Cardiff Injuries & Team News


Mick McCarthy has a selection issue at left-back as both Joe Bennett and Joel Bagan are ruled out for the season with injury. 

Lee Tomlin and Isaac Vassell, remain on the sidelines, but captain Sean Morrison may return to the matchday squad on Friday.

Sol Bamba has returned to light training following being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but he is not available for selection.

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Verdict

Reading possess an excellent home record. I am tipping them to defeat an out of form Cardiff side who are struggling for goals.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-151.52 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Reading Win Full Time Result @120.00 at Unibet - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: Reading Win 2-0 Correct Score @900.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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