When : Saturday 25 January 2020, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
It’s FA Cup time again and another chance to see the fringe first teamers and best of the Academy that Reading have take on what most likely will be something fairly equivalent from the capital of the principality.
Cardiff have won 2 of their last 10 games, both away, at Carlisle in a 3rd round replay and at Sheffield Wednesday just after Christmas so they are not in the best of form. However their cup form is identical to Reading with both clubs having drawn a home cup tie with lower league opposition before winning the subsequent replays.
Not sure how well supported this will be. It’s a dreary all Championship game with not very much glamour (if at all) and media interest will be as low as you can get. Both managers are very likely to field very weakened teams so you’re unlikely to see their collection of former Reading players in Connolly, Morrison and Bacuna take to the field. Prices are good though and the prospect of seeing some decent youngsters looking beyond their years will draw interest from many.
This is also the first part of a double header with the vastly more important league game to follow next week. A draw of course means 3 games against the Bluebirds in the next 4 matches and therefore 2 visits to the land of song inside of 5 days.
Newbie Marc Edwards takes charge of this one. It’s his first season on the league list and Reading and Cardiff are the highest positioned clubs of which he has so far had the pleasure
This is the 7th cup game game against the Welshmen and so far it’s about as all square as you can get with 2 wins each to go with 2 draws each. Only one of those games has been in Reading though.
SF 1927 - lost 3-0 (n)
R2 1934 - won 2-1 (a)
R4 1998 - drew 1-1 (a)
R4R 1998 - drew 1-1 (h) won on penalties
R3 2009 - lost 2-0 (a)
R4 2015 - won 2-1 (a)
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use an iFollow subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)