Fulham vs Reading Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Fulham vs Reading Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

This Saturday evening (17:30) game is a first-leg play-off semi-final with the prize at stake for one side a place at Wembley and for one of the four teams a place in the Premier League next season. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Fulham are the favourites with BET365 to be promoted to the Championship with their performances since November making them the best team in the division since then. Reading are the outsiders but considering they finished third this season they can consider themselves being overlooked.

The two meetings between the pair this season were both won by the home side. The first battle came in December and the Cottagers hammered the Royals 5-0 that day. The goals that day came from Chris Martin (two), Sone Aluko, Stefan Johansen and a Chris Gunter own-goal. The reverse fixture in January was won by Reading 1-0 thanks to a goal from Roy Beerens.

Betting Tips and Predictions

If you asked me who the best team are in the play-off I would tell you Fulham but the prices dictate the value and as such I will be backing Reading to qualify for the final.  Over a 46 game season they finished the highest of the two sides and over two matches could be righty considered slight outsiders but not to the extent that they are.

For a specific bet on this game have a little interest on Yann Kermorgant who is in a rich vein of scoring form with nine in the last nine and four in the last three. He looks worth a little play each-way in the first goalscorer markets.

 

Reading to qualify for the final

Yann Kermorgant to score first, each-way unlimited places

Fulham scored over 1.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

Reading scored over 1.5 goals in 4 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Fulham Form Guide

Fulham Team Logo

Fulham

Won

4

Draw

4

Lost

2
W H

17-04-2017

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

22-04-2017

Championship

Huddersfield Town Team Logo Huddersfield Town

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 4)

D H

29-04-2017

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

07-05-2017

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

13-05-2017

Championship Playoff

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

16-05-2017

Championship Playoff

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

05-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Piast Gliwice Team Logo Piast Gliwice

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

08-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Zlin Team Logo Zlin

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

20-07-2017

Club Friendlies

West Ham United Team Logo West Ham United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

22-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Darmstadt Team Logo Darmstadt

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

Reading Form Guide

Reading Team Logo

Reading

Won

4

Draw

4

Lost

2
W A

07-05-2017

Championship

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 2 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

13-05-2017

Championship Playoff

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

16-05-2017

Championship Playoff

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

29-05-2017

Championship Playoff

Huddersfield Town Team Logo Huddersfield Town

FT 4 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

08-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W H

08-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 5 - 2

(HT 4 - 0)

L A

15-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Kortrijk Team Logo Kortrijk

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

15-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Genclerbirligi Team Logo Genclerbirligi

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

22-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Sparta Rotterdam Team Logo Sparta Rotterdam

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

22-07-2017

Club Friendlies

Cercle Brugge Team Logo Cercle Brugge

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Fulham Preview

The Cottagers finished the season with a run of six wins, one draw and just one defeat from their final eight games. While in front of their own fans they lost just one of their last seven though three of these ended drawn.

This is just the third time that the London side have made the play-offs and the first team they have made the Championship ones. In their two previous they were eliminated in the semi-final stage.

Goals are a common feature of their fixtures with six of their last seven going over 2.5 and the one that did not still producing two goals. In each of their last seven and ten of their last 11 at home both teams have found the back of the net. Tom Cairney takes penalties and has scored three times in the last five.

Fulham Team News

Fulham have no new injury worries or suspensions ahead of this game

Reading Preview

The Royals finished the season in good form with seven victories from their final nine fixtures. On the road, they won three of their last five but before that had won just one in their previous seven.

This is the fifth time that the Berkshire side have made the play-offs and it is their fourth Championship appearance. They have never managed to win the end of season event losing three times in the final most recently to Swansea in 2011.

Reading games have involved goals lately with six of their last seven going over 2.5 while looking at just away ties this is also six of their last seven. Six of their last seven have seen both teams find the back of the net with two of their last three seeing both teams score more than once.  Yann Kermorgant has been in great scoring form recently with nine in the last nine and and four from the last three.

Reading Team News

Garath McCleary (groin) will hope to return to the side after injury while Callum Harriott (hamstring) is rated doubtful as are Sandro Wieser (unknown) and Deniss Rakels (unknown).

Fulham Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS + Win

BTTS + Draw

BTTS + Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Reading Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS + Win

BTTS + Draw

BTTS + Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

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