Reading vs Arsenal Betting Tips

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Reading vs Arsenal | Saturday 18 April, 2015 | Wembley Stadium | 17.20

Reading look to cause an upset at Wembley this weekend when they face Cup holders Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The last time these two teams met was in the Premier League 2012/13 season where The Royals were beaten 4-1, with a 67th-minute effort from Hal Robson Kanu merely consolatory for the visitors at the Emirates Stadium.

The closest that Reading have come to beating Arsenal was in the League Cup in 2012, where Arsenal came from 4-0 down to 4-4 and went on to beat Reading 7-5 after extra time.

Arsenal are in top form currently with victories in 16 of their last 18 matches in all competitions, making them overwhelming favourites to win on Saturday. They now stand at second in the Premier League table and, although seven points behind Chelsea, are eyeing up the League and Cup double.

The Royals have their work cut out for them, having dropped to 18th in the Championship and failing to secure a win in five matches. Despite this, Reading boss Steve Clarke is confident that his men can cause the type of upset that the Cup is known for.

Arsene Wenger is also confident of victory on Saturday, but is determined not to underestimate their opponents.

“We know that it is always tricky,” he said.

“The fact that we won [the cup] last year is a good memory and can stimulate your brain, your desire, and we want to take the positives from it. We also remember that we suffered a lot before we got there so we have to prepare ourselves to battle first.

“Once you are in the semi-final at Wembley it would be absolutely not intelligent to think you can just turn up and win the game.”

Of Reading, Wenger commented, “They have many players who have the experience in the Premier League. For us they can be a danger going forward.

“Steve Clarke has good experience so he knows exactly what to do. He has spent a long time at the top and he knows exactly what will happen. I’m sure he will prepare his team very well.”

Saturday will mark Arsenal’s 27th semi-final in the competition, while Reading have reached the last four just once before, 88 years ago.

Reading vs Arsenal Betting Tips

Although it can sometimes be worth backing the underdog in the FA Cup, with Arsenal’s current form there’s very little hope for a Reading victory.

We’re tipping Arsenal to walk out 1-3 winners at 11/1 with Betway, with Olivier Giroud to score first, priced at 10/3 with William Hill.