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Cardiff vs Reading – Welsh club to complete play-off final line-up

| 17.05.2011

The nerves shone through in a dour 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium on Friday, and you can guarantee plenty of tension at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night.

With a place in the richest game in football at stake, both Cardiff City and Reading will be doing their best not to lose the game rather than win it and this could well be a tie that is decided in extra-time or on penalties.

Match Odds

Reading may not have registered a win against Cardiff in their last eight games with the South Wales club, but the last four head-to-head ties between the two have ended even.

Both sides are 11/1 to win on penalties while Cardiff are 9/1 to win after extra time and Reading 11/1 to win after extra time.

Cardiff are the favourites to qualify for the final at 4/6 and are the 13/10 favourites to win on Tuesday night, and while Dave Jones’ side will be confident of qualifying with home advantage, the draw inside 90 minutes looks the best bet at 11/5.

Late equalisers have been the common factor this season with Cardiff leaving it late to salvage draws twice against Reading this season, and we could be in for some late drama with both sides available at 7/1 to come from behind and draw.

Total Goals

With all the tension and nerves inside the Cardiff City Stadium, under 2.5 goals looks the pick of the market at 4/6.

Only two of the last eight games have produced over 2.5 goals and either a 0-0 result priced at 13/2, or a 1-1 result priced at 11/2 look the pick of the correct score betting.

Craig Bellamy remains a major doubt for the game so side with Jay Bothroyd to get the first goal at 5/1 and take Shane Long at 15/8 to score any time.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.