Author: Graham Tower
2016/17 League Cup
Published: 09:58 29/10/2012
Reading host Arsenal in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs.
Reading were involved in a six-goal thriller when twice coming from behind to draw 3-3 with Fulham at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday. The result left the Royals in the bottom three and looking of their first win in the Premier League this season. Manager Brian McDermott will welcome the diversion of a midweek cup game to give him a break from questions about when the first three-point haul will come.
The same may not be true of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger whose side has lost some of its spark in recent games and must prepare for a tough trip to Old Trafford next weekend. The Gunners lost at Norwich nine days ago and followed with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Schalke in the Champions League group game at the Emirates last Tuesday. The return to winning form at home against QPR on Saturday was less than convincing, it took until the visitors had been reduced to ten men before Mikel Arteta snatched the only goal of the game with six minutes remaining.
Arsenal will go into the game as strong favourite and match betting stands at 10/11 Arsenal with Ladbrokes and 31/10 Reading at BetVictor where the draw is the 13/5.
Arteta has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season but missed the Gunners 6-1 Capital One Cup third round win against Coventry as Wenger gave his fringe players an opportunity the get some game time. It’s a policy that Wenger has stuck with over the years and Tuesday is likely to be no different.
The cup tie could give Theo Walcott another chance to stake his claim as he’s been used as a substitute in Premier League games so far. The England forward has scored twice coming off the bench this season and would welcome the opportunity to add to the brace he scored in the third round against Coventry. Walcott is 15/2 to be first goalscorer at Paddy Power and 12/5 to score at any time with Sky Bet.
McDermott encourages his side to go out to win every game and will see the Capital One Cup as a great opportunity to boost confidence within his squad. Reading joined the competition in the second round and began with a 3-2 win at home to Peterborough United. That was followed by another 3-2 victory at Loftus Road in an all-Premier League clash with QPR in the third round.
The Royals have had little problem scoring in any competition this season and have only finished scoreless on two occasions, at West Brom and Liverpool where they lost by the narrowest of margins. The match will be televised live on Sky and viewers can expect an expansive game with the prospect of plenty goal mouth action.
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