FA Cup’s leading scorer out to show West Brom what they’re missing
So nearly upset by Peterborough in the Fourth Round, West Brom are set to field their strongest possible XI as they go to Reading in search of a place in the quarter finals on Saturday.
Tony Pulis has stated that he will not be relying on a rotation policy ahead of the last 16 encounter, but even that might not be enough to save the Baggies.
Not only do the West Midlands outfit have a horrible record at the Madejski Stadium, with five losses and one draw in their six visits, but the Royals have put them out of the cup twice in the last six years.
Aside from their poor previous in Berkshire, one man will be looking to remind his former club what they are missing out on.
Matej Vydra spent a season on loan at the Hawthorns in the 2013-14 season, but failed to really flourish, scoring just three goals in 23 appearances.
But since moving back south, the Czech striker has found his calling in the blue and white of Reading in the form of the FA Cup.
While the man on loan from Watford has only netted twice in the Championship this term, he currently tops the scoring charts in the world’s oldest cup competition.
With six goals in his three outings in the competition, few players have taken the tournament by storm quite like the 23-year-old.
The confines of the ‘Mad Stad’ seem to have brought the best of the forward too, with six of his eight Reading goals coming in front of the home fans.
He is a 5/2 chance to bag anytime and make the West Brom hierarchy ponder why they didn’t make his loan deal permanent two years ago.
Odds of 13/2 on him to open the scoring look tempting enough, but a quick glance at the starting XIs is advised, as he faces a late fitness test to determine whether he is ready to be thrust into the game from the first whistle.
Should he be confined to the bench for the start of the match, the same price on him netting the last goal of the game might be a better bet.
Either way, if Reading are to make it three from three in the cup against West Brom, expect their cup talisman to have a major say in things.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing.