Arsenal vs Reading Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this week’s EFL Cup fixture.
Arsenal vs Reading
EFL Cup 2016/17
25th October 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Arsenal Team News & Preview
Arsenal host Reading in the EFL Cup later today and the Gunners will be looking to extend their fine run of form with another win.
Arsenal are in excellent form right now and have won five of their last six matches. Wenger will be disappointed with the 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough in their last outing and this will be a great opportunity to get back to winning ways with a big win.
Arsenal have played against Reading quite a few times in the recent years and both sides will have a good idea of what to expect from each other.
The Londoners will be without Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Chuba Akpom. Ramsey and Jenkinson are back in training and could play a part here. Granit Xhaka served the first of his three-match suspension against Boro and will be suspended for this one as well. Santi Cazorla will miss out as well with an Achilles injury.
Cazorla and Xhaka’s absence hurt Arsenal against Boro and the duo will be a huge miss against Reading as well.
Predicted Arsenal Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Coquelin; Alexis, Ozil, Walcott; Perez
Reading Team News & Preview
Reading have won just one of their last five matches and will be dreading their trip to Emirates. They have struggled to score lately and that will be a huge problem against a side like Arsenal. The Premier League outfit are likely to get on the scoresheet, but Reading will struggle to cut down the deficit.
Furthermore, they have a terrible head-to-head record against the North London giants and have lost their last 6 meetings against them.
The Championship outfit are lacking in confidence as well as form right now and will need a major slice of luck to pull off an upset.
Reading will be without a few of their first team players for the trip to Arsenal. Centre-back Paul McShane is out with a hamstring injury. Yakou Meite, Jake Cooper and Deniss Rakels are also on the sidelines.
Predicted Reading Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Habsi; Gunter, Moore, Berg, Blackett; Evans, Williams; McCleary, Swift, Beerens; Kermorgrant
Arsenal vs Reading Key Stats
Arsenal have won 5 and drawn 1 of their last 6 matches in all competitions.
Reading have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 5 matches in all competitions.
Arsenal have won their last 6 matches against Reading in all competitions.
The last 6 matches between these two sides have produced a total of 33 goals.
Arsenal vs Reading Betting Tips
Arsenal are in very good form and have an excellent record against Reading. They are likely to add to that record with another win here. Get Arsenal to win at 1/4 with Ladbrokes.
This has been one of the highest scoring fixtures in modern years. Over 3.5 goals (11/10) seem likely once again.
Arsenal vs Reading Prediction
Arsenal will be too hot to handle for the Championship outfit. Their form has been questionable over the last month and they will be up against the most in-form team from the Premier League here.
The home side should be able to find a way past Reading’s resistance and secure their passage into the next round with a comfortable win.
Arsenal 4-0 Reading