Ian Wright and Mark Bright have high hopes for Palace’s chances of progressing into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but feel Reading may be the toughest opposition the Eagles have had to face so far in the competition.
Bright said: “Everybody expects us to win the game but Reading are going to be hungry for it. I was asked the question could Palace win the FA Cup and I said yes, with this manager and this group of players we can beat anybody in a one-off game. That was after we played Southampton and since then we’ve beaten Stoke, Spurs, and now we’ve got to face Reading which has given us even greater focus.”
The expectation of fans and those in the media for Palace to defeat a side in the Championship will not have gone unnoticed by the players, but Bright says the team already know the threat of playing supposed underdogs.
"Yohan Cabaye said to me the other day it’s probably going to be more difficult because of how well they’ve been playing and their own determination to get to Wembley. But we’ve got a great opportunity to get to the semi-finals and this club has a great association with the FA Cup."
Wright will be on Match of the Day presenting duties for the game which kicks-off at 7.55pm on Friday, and thinks the south London club are more than capable of winning at the Madejski Stadium.
“I said to the Beeb I want to cover it because I think it’s a special game and Palace have got a great chance to win it. I know recent results haven’t been great and you’re just waiting for them to get going again, and getting to the semi-final of the FA Cup will be a magnificent achievement.”