The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

BRAD­FORD are the undis­puted kings of Cup shocks. But when Read­ing come to town on quar­ter-fi­nal day, they may have to avoid one them­selves.

Yes, the Ban­tams are in League One. Yes, the Roy­als have for­mer Pre­mier League play­ers. But with their rep­u­ta­tion on that hor­ri­ble pitch, I bet Phil Parkin­son’s men are the book­ies’ favourite to end up at Wem­b­ley.

Of all the sides they could have drawn, Read­ing at home was the most winnable. Their sup­port­ers know that and will ar­rive at Val­ley Pa­rade not in hope but ex­pec­ta­tion. The lon­gawaited ar­rival of BT’s cam­eras will add to the feel­ing that a gi­ant-killing is re­quired.

But Read­ing will be their tough­est test by far.

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