Today’s football predictions and free betting tips for the FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Reading.
It's the semi-final of the FA Cup this weekend as Championship underdogs Reading look to shock the holders Arsenal and we have some free FA Cup football betting tips.
As you would expect Premier League Arsenal are heavy favourites in the Reading v Arsenal odds at 1/4 with Bet365. The draw is available at 11/2 with Bet Victor and the shock reading win is available at 14/1 with Bet365.
As everyone knows there are very good reasons for Arsenal being heavy favourites. Aside from being the Premier League side they are also in the midst of an eight game winning streak that has lifted them up to second in the table.
Since comfortably beating Bradford in the quarter final reply Reading have done the opposite and failed to win in five. Reading can take some consolation however in the fact that five of those games have been draws and they have been defensively tight in the last four games only conceding a goal a game.
Given the odds I cannot suggest backing Arsenal straight here. With the quality of these two teams Arsenal should win but they are Arsenal and as the first leg against Monaco reminded everyone the Gunners specialise in shooting themselves in the foot. At the super short price of 1/4 then Arsenal must be avoided.
To find some value for my Arsenal v Reading prediction I'm backing the half time draw full time Arsenal win which is available at 16/5 with William Hill. Reading are going to give everything to keeping Arsenal out and they will likely make it through the first 45 before the size of the Wembley pitch and the superior quality of the Premier League side tells.
It is also worth looking at the Arsenal to win in extra time market which is available at 8/1 with Bet Victor. The same logic applies here as for the half time/full time bet. Arsenal are going to have a lot of possession here and Reading are going to spend a lot of the game chasing shadows. With this in mind if Reading make it to extra time they will likely be dead on their feet and Arsenal will be able to exploit the extra space those tired legs will give.
As a last thought I'm looking at the cards markets. Reading to get over 1.5 cards is available at 13/8 with Bet365. Given all the tackles and chasing Reading are going to have to do you can expect that they are going to be giving away plenty of niggling fouls and that will led to yellow cards.
Arsenal v Reading Betting Tips
Half time draw/ full time Arsenal win – 16/1 with William Hill: signup bet £10 get £20 free.
Arsenal to win in extra time – 8/1 with Bet365: signup get £200 free.
Reading over 1.5 goals – 13/8 with Bet365.
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