Blackpool and Reading meet at Bloomfield Road, in a match for the 2nd leg of this stage of the FA Cup (Round 3), after they have tied (2‑2) in the 1st leg. There is only record of 1 recent head ‑ to ‑ head between these two teams, 04‑01‑2020, which ended in a draw by (2‑2). Special attention is needed to home / away condition, as both teams have significantly different results in their home and away games.
The home team comes to this 2nd leg match after an away draw by (2‑2), so they only have a draw for less than 2 goals to confirm the lead, adding up the result of both hands. This is a stronger team when they play in their stadium, since in the last 30 games they have registered 2 wins, 9 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches Blackpool has a record of 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses. Defensive consistency hasn't been their best feature, as they have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 7 times and have only turned the score around in 2.
The club have had a median campaign so far in the English League 1, momentarily occupying only 13th place, with 34 points from 24 games. The team does not know what it is to win already 6 games, but in the Fa Cup in the first leg, the draw by 2x2 away home was an excellent result, since if the return game ends tied by 0x0 or 1x1 the Blackpool wins the spot for the next round.
The away team comes to this 2nd leg match in disadvantage, because despite the draw in the 1st leg match they have conceded 2 goals at home. This is a team that has been interestingly stronger than at home, since in the last 30 matches they have a record of 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses; against 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. They come to this match after a home draw against Nottingham Forest by (1‑1). In the last 10 away matches Reading, they have won 3, tied 4 and lost 3. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 8 times and have only turned the score around in 1. In the last 17 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 9 of their 21 goals between minutes (76' ‑ 90 ').
The club continue to run a campaign without much spotlight so far in the elite access division of English football, momentarily occupying 14th place in the table, with 36 points in 26 matches played. However, his phase is much better than his opponent's, with an incredible 8 games not knowing what to lose, but coach M. Bowen knows he needs to win the game back to gain access to the next phase of the Fa Cup after draw 2-2 in front of their fans, promising to go with full force and will in this next duel.