FA Cup betting: Reading v Crystal Palace (7.55pm, Friday)

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Backing The Draw Between Reading And Palace Looks A Value Punt

Having taken just four points from a possible 36 in the Premier League, Crystal Palace will be happy to get back to the distraction of the FA Cup where, by contrast, their form has been excellent in seeing off top-flight rivals Southampton, Stoke City and Tottenham

Championship Reading are seeking an unlikely second successive FA Cup semi-final appearance, having taken Arsenal to extra-time before bowing out at Wembley last year.

They accounted for West Bromwich Albion in the last round of this season’s competition with a 3-1 victory, so they certainly won’t be overawed by the visit of Palace.

The Royals are difficult to beat at the Madejski Stadium and don’t concede many goals on home turf either. For their part, Palace are hardly the most prolific in front of goal.

Neither team looks to have a great deal left to play for in their respective league this season (although Palace will clearly want to end their winless streak and ensure that they don’t get dragged into a battle for survival). That being the case, this could well be a closely

There doesn’t look to be a great deal to choose between the teams here and a replay certainly doesn’t look out of the question.

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