The Betpal Football Bet of the Day comes from the FA Cup and the third round fixture between Crawley Town of League One, and Premier League strugglers, Reading. Is an upset on the cards?

Match: Crawley v Reading
Bet of the Day: Back Reading
Best Odds: 2.5 with Totesport
Reading Football Bet of the DayKick Off: 15:00 05/01/2013 (GMT)

The bookmakers expect Reading to have a tough time down at Crawley, and the odds on an away win look enticing. With Premier League teams having just come through a congested period of festive fixtures, there might be some freshening up of first team squads, but Reading offer more security than most in that department. With very few injuries to worry about, Brian McDermott may well shuffle the pack, but the Royals have a fair bit of depth to their squad, particularly up front. Any two of Roberts, Pogrebnyak, Hunt and Le Fondre might start – and any combination looks dangerous up against a League One defence – especially one missing two of the back four through injury and illness. Crawley have won three of their last eleven and clean sheets are a rarity (one in last twelve). Reading will know the importance of a morale boosting win, and their price looks good here.

Football Bet of the Day

Back Reading for the win at 2.5 with Totesport.