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Match Preview - May 17 - Cardiff City (Play-Offs A)

Reading FC Match Preview - May 17 - Play-Off Semi-Final, Second Leg v Cardiff City (A)

How did the first leg finish then? A 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium on Friday.

What was the game like? Both teams fought hard in a game of relatively few chances. Reading probably had the better of the tie

TV Coverage? Yes the game will be on Sky Sports One at 7.30pm

Tilehurst End Thoughts In Brief

I covered most of the history and league form in our previous match preview so I won't repeat what's been said again.

The only thing that's changed is that it's suddenly become a 1 game cup tie with the prize a trip to Wembley to face Swansea and a rematch with Brendan Rodgers.

The first leg wasn't an amazing game with neither sides prepared to go gung-ho for the win and I can see the first half of this game following roughly the same way but both teams won't hold back, it's not a style Brian's used too!

Both teams are waiting on the fitness of their star men, with Jimmy Kebe still doubtful for Reading and Craig Bellamy also a doubt for Cardiff. Hal Robson-Kanu could also miss out, meaning a possible start for Michail Antonio for the Royals.

Beyond all that there's not much to say. After a long 9 months the season has come down to 90 minutes and I can't remember being so excited about one Reading game for a very long time.

I got my first leg prediction right so I'm going to hope I'm right this time. I'm going for a 2-1 Reading win after extra-time.

But whatever happens lets not forget what a fantastic season we've had. To finish fifth and reach an FA Cup Quater-Final despite selling Siggy is an impressive feat and all the players and Brian deserve a massive amount of credit no matter what the outcome tonight.


Match Previews:

Reading OS

Cardiff OS

BBC Sport

Sky Sports

Royals Rendezvous

Reading Guide

Cardiff - Vital Football