Two sides who met at this same ground in the same round in last year’s competition will go head to head.
With Huddersfield and Reading facing off, seeking to advance to the next round of the FA Cup.
Reading will be hoping they can emulate their success from last season’s FA Cup campaign, where they reached an FA Cup semi final against Arsenal, and only lost thanks to an Adam Federici mistake that will live long in the memory of Reading fans.
Under David Wagner, Huddersfield have been on the up recently in the league, and fans will be hoping they can translate their recent form into the FA Cup, and overcome an underachieving Reading side.
Both Wagner and Brian McDermott will be hoping that they can push their sides into the next round, so with 2 sides who will be desperate to win, we are set up for an entertaining game.
Here are THREE things to watch out for in this game:
1) Nakhi Wells
The Bermudan striker has a lot of pace going forward and is useful in terms of creating chances, and so could trouble Reading’s backline with this pace and raw ability.
Many other Championship sides have declared interest in the striker, so it will be interesting to see if Wells can put the speculation behind him and play his normal game.
If he does Reading’s back four could have a difficult afternoon.
2) Reading’s attacking threat
The Royals have been linked with multiple attacking talent in the past week, including the likes of Alex Iwobi, Bradley Dack and Conor Washington, but no deal has been completed as of yet.
After Nick Blackman’s departure, only Orlando Sa and Matej Vydra remain as serious candidates for the starting role up top.
It will be interesting to see who McDermott starts up top in the cup, as a couple of goals could relight Sa and Vydra’s confidence massively.
3) Huddersfield’s approach
Despite Reading being higher up the table, there is not much between these two sides at the moment, as was demonstrated when they met at the Madejski earlier in the season in a 2-2 draw.
If Huddersfield set up to sit back and catch Reading on the break instead of going out and attacking from the get go, they could see this game slip out of their reach.
Wagner will need his players to play with freedom and belief if they are to progress.
Huddersfield and Reading fans…What are your predictions for the match? Will Huddersfield go on a cup run? Can Reading repeat last years terrific cup run? Let us know what you think in the comments below!