Reading vs Middlesbrough Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 15:00 Hrs

Venue: Madejski Stadium

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Reading vs Middlesbrough Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday afternoon (15.00) fixture is between two sides who would have expected to go well this season but are currently in the bottom half. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Reading were hopeful of a new start to the season after beating Leeds in their penultimate match but went down to a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United last time out. An 85th minute Roy Beerens goal proved a mere consolation in a game in which the Blades were the deserving winners. Middlesbrough continued their recent struggles as they suffered a 1-0 home to loss to Cardiff last time out in the league. In midweek, they were in League Cup action where they lost 3-1 to Bournemouth with Marcus Tavernier getting their only goal. The last time these two sides met was in the 2015/16 with the team playing at home winning both fixtures. It is the Royals who have the head-to-head advantage losing just one of the last five meetings between the duo.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Neither of these sides are showing any sort of form but I think Middlesbrough are the better team and I have them to finish in or around the top six this season while Reading should finish around the bottom six. In that case, the price on an away victory looks the value selection here. I know neither side are a high scorer but overs looks to have been pushed out too much as the outsider. Three of the last for the Royals have gone over 2.5 goals while two of the last three and four of the last six for Boro have done the same.

Middlesbrough to win the game
Over 2.5 goals in this game

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

Reading saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Middlesbrough saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Reading

AVG Goals

1

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)

Middlesbrough Form Guide

Middlesbrough Team Logo

Middlesbrough

Won

4

Draw

5

Lost

1
W A

19-10-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

23-10-2018

Championship

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

27-10-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

31-10-2018

EFL Cup

Crystal Palace Team Logo Crystal Palace

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

03-11-2018

Championship

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

10-11-2018

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

24-11-2018

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

27-11-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

01-12-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

08-12-2018

Championship

Blackburn Rovers Team Logo Blackburn Rovers

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Reading Preview

It is now just five points from the last seven games for the Royals who after losing at Wembley in the play-off final last season now find themselves in 20th. Just one of their next eight is against sides in the top eight so if Reading don’t start to climb the table after this spell they are in a lot of trouble. At the Madejski Stadium, they have played just five times this season and results have been mixed with one win, two draws and two defeats. They have had some tricky games with each of their five opponents in the top 14. The Royals are struggling for goals this season with just 11 netted which is the fourth lowest in the division while their defence has been quite strong conceding just 14 times. The Berkshire outfit are the worst starters in the division and have not been ahead at half-time in any of their games.

Reading Team News

Yann Kermorgant (hip) could be rushed back as the Royals are desperate for something going forward while Callum Harriott (hip) is also close to a return. George Evans (thigh) and Tennai Watson (hamstring) are doubts while Jordan Obita (cruciate) is out for the season.

Middlesbrough Preview

It is now five without a league victory for the Teesiders with just three points from these fixtures. The side who the bookmakers thought would win the division are not even currently in the top-half after 13 games (they sit in 13th place). Away from the Riverside Stadium, it has been tough with just one victory, three draws and two defeats. They have drawn each of the last three on the travels and lost none of the last four. A lack of goals is an issue for the North-Eastern outfit who have netted just 15 times in the league this season. The defence though has looked strong and the 12 they have conceded is the joint fourth lowest amount.

Middlesbrough Team News

Rudy Gestede (thigh) is out for another few weeks

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

Middlesbrough Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1

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 Middlesbrough Sidelined Players

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