Reading vs. Arsenal : Time, Channel, Odds & Prediction
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Reading vs. Arsenal : Time, Channel, Odds & Prediction

Arsenal and Reading will tangle in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday. (Getty)

Arsenal and Reading will tangle in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday. (Getty)

Arsenal’s quest for back-to-back FA Cup titles continues on Saturday as Championship side Reading attempts to pull off a huge upset at Wembley Stadium. When Arsenal captured the trophy last year, it ended an incredible nine-year drought for the club.

Reading have had the dream draw with no Premier League opposition before Saturday. In the quarterfinals, Reading defeated Bradford 3-0 in a replay after the first match was goalless while Arsenal had to defeat Manchester United to advance.

Arsenal and Reading have not played since the 2012-2013 season, the Royals’ last in the top flight. The teams also played out a memorable League Cup match that season, won by the Gunners. Despite the long history of both clubs — Reading was founded in 1871 and Arsenal 1886 — the teams have played just 13 times. Arsenal have won 12 times and drawn once.

Here’s what you need to know about the match:

The Basics

Who:

Reading vs. Arsenal

What:

FA Cup semifinal

When:

Saturday, April 18

Where:

Wembley Stadium in London, England

Time:

12:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Channel:

FOX (US)/BBC 1(UK) (International viewers, click here for your local provider)

Odds:

Reading +900, Arsenal -450, Draw +500

Prediction:

4-0 Arsenal


Stats You Need to Know

(via ESPN FC)

Scouting Reading

Championship Record: 12-19-11, 18th (73 points)
Coach: Steve Clarke, 1st season
Goals Per Game: 1.04
Clean Sheets: 12
Leading Goal Scorer: Simon Cox, 8
Assist Leader: Jordan Obita, 7
Card Leader: Michael Hector/Jordan Obita, 8 yellow cards


Scouting Arsenal

Premier League Record: 20-6-6, 2nd (66 points)
Coach: Arsene Wenger 19th season
Goals Per Game: 1.96
Clean Sheets: 10
Leading Goal Scorer: Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, 14
Assist Leader: Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, 8
Card Leader: Calum Chambers, 7 yellow cards, 1 red card

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