In the third round of the FA Cup, Reading will play Watford at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday, January 7. The Royals have had a difficult season in the league, finishing 13th in the EFL Championship with 36 points from 26 games.
The team led by Paul Ince started the season with seven victories from their first 11 games. However, they have only won four of their next 15 games, indicating that things have deteriorated since then. Watford, on the other hand, is fourth in the Championship with 40 points, but their recent form has also been inconsistent. In their last six league matches, they have only won twice.
Reading’s recent record against Watford and current form is not particularly encouraging. Even though the Hornets haven’t really covered themselves in glory this season, they haven’t had much trouble recently beating the Royals. The pattern ought to continue.
Prediction: Reading 1-2 Watford
In the 121 previous encounters between the two teams, Watford has a 50-45 advantage. In their last six matches, Reading has only defeated Watford once, a 1-0 victory in October 2020. Watford defeated Reading 2-0 in the League Cup in August 2018, their last meeting in a cup competition.
Reading hopes to make it back to the FA Cup fourth round for the first time since the 2019-20 campaign. Since finishing as runners-up in the 2018-19 season, Watford hasn’t made it past the third round of the Cup competition. Reading and Watford are ten places apart in the league standings, but Watford has scored just two more goals than Reading (29).
In their most recent match, the hosts defeated Norwich City 1-0, while Reading lost to West Bromwich Albion by the same score. Reading and Watford have drawn five times in the FA Cup, with the Hornets winning the most recent encounter 5-0 in 1971. Reading has lost three of their last four FA Cup games, but they haven’t lost four in a row since 1982.
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