Reading vs Cardiff City Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 20:00 Hrs

Venue: Madejski Stadium

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Reading vs Cardiff City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Monday evening (20:00) fixture features two sides in good form in the second tier of English Football. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Reading won their second straight game as they defeated Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light last time out. Mo Barrow was the star of the show grabbing a brace while Dave Edwards also netted once. Cardiff have won four straight including a 3-1 defeat of Norwich at their own ground in their previous fixture. They conceded just before half-time but got back into the game in the 49th minute through a Joe Ralls penalty and then took all three points with a goal each from Junior Hoilett and Omar Bogle. The two meetings between these sides last season were won by the Royals who won 2-1 at their own ground and 1-0 away in Wales. Yann Kermorgant netted once in both of those matches.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Although Reading are in decent form it has hard to ignore the prices on Cardiff who are also in good form. The Royals have only really beaten Derby of note in this run while the Bluebirds have only lost one of their games against bottom-half sides this season. Take the visitors to win this one. Omar Bogle has three in his last three while Danny Ward has three in the last six and while both appeal I will take the latter to score at any time as the price is that little bit bigger.

Cardiff to win the game

Danny Ward anytime goalscorer

Reading saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Reading saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Cardiff City

Cardiff City saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Reading

AVG Goals

0.7

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Reading Form Guide

Reading Team Logo

Reading

Won

2

Draw

3

Lost

5
L A

06-10-2018

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 4 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

20-10-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L A

23-10-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

27-10-2018

Championship

Swansea City Team Logo Swansea City

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

03-11-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 2)

D H

10-11-2018

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

D A

24-11-2018

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

27-11-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

01-12-2018

Championship

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

08-12-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

Cardiff City Form Guide

Cardiff City Team Logo

Cardiff City

Won

4

Draw

0

Lost

6
L H

30-09-2018

Premier League

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

06-10-2018

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur Team Logo Tottenham Hotspur

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

20-10-2018

Premier League

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 4 - 2

(HT 2 - 2)

L A

27-10-2018

Premier League

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

03-11-2018

Premier League

Leicester City Team Logo Leicester City

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

10-11-2018

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

24-11-2018

Premier League

Everton Team Logo Everton

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

30-11-2018

Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

04-12-2018

Premier League

West Ham United Team Logo West Ham United

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

08-12-2018

Premier League

Southampton Team Logo Southampton

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Reading Preview

It is now eight points from the last four games for the Royals who are in good form with the only defeat in the last seven coming against Wolves. They are about to embark on a testing run with three of their next four against teams in the top eight. At the Madejski Stadium, they have lost just one of their last four but have won just two of their last eight. Just one of the last five in front of their own fans has seen both teams find the back of the net. Reading are slow starters with only Burton (zero) having been ahead a lower of number times than the three leads they have had going into the break. Dave Edwards has netted in the last two while the Berkshire outfit have scored eight times in their last four.

Reading Team News

Callum Harriott, John Swift, Tennai Watson (all hamstring), George Evans (thigh), Sam Smith, Stephen Quinn, Joe Mendes (all knee) and Gareth McCleary (groin) are doubts. Jordan Obita (cruciate) is out for the season.

Cardiff City Preview

It is now four straight victories who have netted eight times and conceded just once in these games. This is the first of four matches against teams in the bottom-half with none of the next nine against the top eight. Away from the Cardiff City Stadium, they have won three of the last four with the defeat coming at high-flying Bristol City. Just one of their last five away matches have seen both teams score and the same number have gone over 2.5 goals. Around 60% of goals the Welsh outfit have scored have come in the second-half with 27% in the final 15 minutes. They have kept an impressive nine clean-sheets this season with five coming at home and four on the road.

Cardiff City Team News

Kadeem Harris (ankle), Rhys Healey (cruciate), Kenneth Zohore (heel), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (leg) and Lee Camp (groin) are doubts while Jazz Richards (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

Reading Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

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

Cardiff City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

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 vs Cardiff City Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Vito Mannone 188 77
19 LB Leandro Bacuna 187 77
5 CD Paul McShane 183 72
6 CD Liam Moore 186 86
2 RB Chris Gunter 180 71
4 CDM Joey van den Berg 182 84
16 CDM David Edwards 183 78
14 CM Sone Aluko 173 62
38 CM Liam Kelly 168 65
17 CM Modou Barrow 176 63
18 CF Yann Kermorgant 184 84
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Neil Etheridge 188 90
5 CD Bruno Ecuele Manga 186 76
4 CD Sean Morrison 193 78
14 CD Souleymane Bamba 190 89
18 LM Callum Paterson 183 76
8 CM Joe Ralls 183 70
3 RM Joseph Bennett 183 74
19 AM Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 180 75
20 CM Loic Damour 180 75
33 AM Junior Hoilett 173 70
30 CF Omar Bogle 191 80