Pre-Match View From Reading

“This will obviously be the hardest challenge so far as the Blades are currently now miles ahead of Reading in terms of prestige, money and squad then add to that Reading’s fairly dreadful home form and the fact that Sheffield United won’t have had to play a game since 22nd February (they were scheduled for a trip to Aston Villa on 29th February) and you see just how magnificent Reading will need to be to progress. Sheffield are also likely to take the FA Cup fairly seriously as they also can see a chance of achievement in the horizon particularly as they are currently sitting 7th in the Premier League and just 4 points off a possible Champions League place. Chances are they’ll start with the likes of Sharp, Henderson, Basham and Norwood et al so no kids making up the numbers expected here.”

“Sheffield United will be a game to remember. You heard it hear first”

“The Blades didn`t play Saturday, I can see them putting out their strongest team in this one.”

“Mark Bowen has just called this the biggest game of the season. All of those argued with me when I said that can form a queue and apologise to me.”

“We would be best served investing everything into the cup match with Sheffield United. We have nothing to play for in the league.”

“biggest game of the season”

“Reading have 5 games Sheffield 2 games before we meet, and they need a winter break!!!”

“Sheffield United are trying to get into Europe … don’t think the cup will be their priority.”

“Sheff Utd not strong enough to challenge for the top and Europe for the first time could be a big distraction next season”

“This game is right bang in the middle of a busy period for them, surrounded by Prem games by their standards they should now be winning and could be eyeing up a top 4 spot – hopefully based on this they will rest a few players for the cup game!”

“Except they didn’t play on Saturday because they were due to play Villa which has been postponed because of the EFL Cup Final. They’ve had 1 game between 20th feb to now”.”

“So what you are saying, is they’ll be rusty then.”

“Don’t see why they would play a weakened side, are they realistically going to have many better chances to get into the FA Cup quarter finals? They are more than safe in the Premier League so why not come to us and really go for it?”

“Also their weakened side would likely still be a very strong side.”

“We have a chance against anyone at home in a one off cup game, the two fixtures are incomparable as you well know. Sheffield United will likely rest players giving us a much better chance of the win if we have our full strength side out.”

“Just like when they rested players against Millwall and comfortably won 2-0?”

“Millwall also rested players.”

“a tricky game but not unwinable by any stretch of the imagination.”

“Even if we somehow beat Sheffield, looking at who is left in the cup and likely to get through to the QF, that will be as far as we get”

“Play anything like we did on Saturday or Wednesdays, and Sheffield Utd will beat us in reverse. Can’t say I’m looking forward to it.”

“Sheffield United will be ball number 2️ in the draw for the FA Cup Quarter-Final, which takes place around 9.45pm on 4th March.”

“For all the “giant killing” talk, the FA Cup QF could easily be: Chelsea/Liverpool Man Utd Leicester Arsenal Sheffield United Man City Tottenham WBA/Newcastle So 6 of the top 7 in the league + Arsenal + another”

“our only wins in the 10 were against Sheff Wed and Barnsley”

Reckon playing Leeds will be good practice for the Sheff Utd game as much as anything else. Not too dissimilar in style.”

“Norwood was good while with us for sure. He frustrated a lot but was and still is a top player.”

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