Reading vs Sheffield United Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 17:30 Hrs

Venue: Madejski Stadium

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Reading vs Sheffield United Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday evening fixture (17:30) is live on Sky Sports and features managerless Reading playing host to high-flying Sheffield United. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Reading sacked Paul Clement during the week with Steve Bruce, Graeme Murty and Phil Parkinson the names rumoured to be in the frame. The Royals last fixture saw them draw 2-2 with Stoke thanks to a goal each from Marc McNulty and Mo Barrow.

Sheffield United will be looking to bounce from a Yorkshire derby defeat that saw lose 1-0 at home to Leeds. The result was harsh on the Blades who were the better team but did not convert their chances.

The two meetings between these sides last season were both won by the Yorkshire outfit with United winning 3-1 at the Madejski and 2-1 at Bramall Lane. Billy Sharp grabbed three in these two fixtures.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

It is hard to know what to make of this game following the sacking of Paul Clement which came late in the week. I imagine the Royals game plan will not have changed despite the managerial sacking and they will look to keep things as tight as possible.  Sheffield United are struggling for goals recently so back the game to have no early goal (set at 28:00) and back the game to be level at half-time.

 

NO goal before 28:00

Game to be level going into the break

 

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

Reading saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Sheffield United

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

Sheffield United saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Reading

AVG Goals

0.9

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

4

Lost

4
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)

D A

15-12-2018

Championship

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Sheffield United Form Guide

Sheffield United Team Logo

Sheffield United

Won

3

Draw

3

Lost

4
L A

20-10-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

23-10-2018

Championship

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

27-10-2018

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 4 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

L A

03-11-2018

Championship

Nottingham Forest Team Logo Nottingham Forest

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

09-11-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

24-11-2018

Championship

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

27-11-2018

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

L H

01-12-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

08-12-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

14-12-2018

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

Reading Preview

Three draws from their last four and a narrow defeat to Leeds were not enough to convince the Royals board that Paul Clement was the man to take them forward.  Whoever takes over will inherit a side 21st in the league and third favourites for the drop with bookmakers.

At the Madejski Stadium, they are unbeaten in four winning two of these and drawing the other two. Their next six matches at their own place are all against teams in the current top 14.

Jon Dadhi Bodvarsson is their leading scorer this season with seven but he has been plagued by injuries the last few months. Yakou Meite has lead the line in recent weeks and he has six in the previous eight.

 

Reading Team News

The Royals have an extensive injury list with Liam Kelly (illness),  Liam Moore (calf), John O’Shea (hamstring), Paul McShane (knee), Omar Richards (hamstring) and Adrian Popa (ankle) all doubts. Dave Edwards (medial collateral ligament), Jordan Obita (cruciate), Jon Dadhi Bodvarsson (back) and Saeid Ezzatolahi (thigh) are long-term absentees.

Sheffield United Preview

The Blades have now won just one of their last five a run that has seen them slide from the top of the table. They are still in sixth place and this also where the bookmakers have them in betting for the title.

Away from Bramall Lane, they have been a mixed bag of late with two victories, a draw and two defeats from five. None of the next four on the road for the Yorkshire side are at teams in the top 12.

Billy Sharp is their leading scorer this season with ten goals though he has failed to net in eight of the last nine. David McGoldrick is also out of form with five this season but none since October.

 

Sheffield United Team News

Jake Wright (broken cheekbone) is closing in on a return otherwise the Blades have a clean bill of health.

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

Sheffield United Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

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 Sheffield United Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
31 GK Anssi Jaakkola 195 88
2 RB Chris Gunter 180 71
24 CD Tyler Blackett 186 80
20 CD Tiago Ilori 190 80
3 LB Andy Yiadom 186 78
12 CM Garath McCleary 188 76
43 CM Danny Loader - -
19 CM Josh Sims 174 67
7 CDM Leandro Bacuna 187 77
35 CDM Andy Rinomhota 175 -
29 CF Mark McNulty 178 69
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Dean Henderson - -
12 CD John Egan 185 72
6 CD Chris Basham 180 80
5 CD Jack O'Connell 191 85
7 CM John Lundstram 181 74
2 LM George Baldock 175 67
16 CM Oliver Norwood 180 76
4 CM John Fleck 175 72
3 RM Enda Stevens 183 79
39 CF Conor Washington 185 85
17 CF David McGoldrick 185 75