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Reading v Newcastle Betting Tips: BTTS, 2017-03-07

Championship Tips


Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Kickoff: 2000hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

We’re set for a cracker of a match if the form book remains true for Tuesday night’s clash between hosts Reading and visitors Newcastle United at the Madejski Stadium, with a valuable three points up for grabs for both sides as they pursue promotion.

Fifth placed Reading possess one of the best home records in the English second tier with a record that stands at  12-4-2  28/14, and despite suffering two recent defeats away from home at Huddersfield Town and Brighton, they bounced back with a 2-1 home win over hapless Wolves on Saturday.

The Wolves victory made it four wins from the Royals’ last five matches on home turf following earlier league wins over Fulham, a rejuvenated Cardiff City and Brentford. Reading have failed to score in just three home games throughout this whole campaign to date.

Onto Newcastle United, and The Magpies further strengthened their claims for automatic promotion with a pulsating 3-1 win away at third placed Huddersfield Town which is no mean feat as The Terriers had lost just twice at home prior.

But Newcastle United hold far and away the best away record in the Championship with impressive stats of  13-2-3  32/12 and they come into this encounter in Berkshire on the back of a ten-game stretch without defeat.

The visitors have also won four of their last five matches on their travels with wins at Brentford and Wolves along with impressive victories over promotion rivals Brighton and Huddersfield Town, and they now look almost certain for promotion back up to the Premier League as they hold an 11-point lead over third placed Huddersfield.

Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.91 Comeon


Reading v Wolves Betting Tips: 1 AH0, 2017-03-04

Championship Tips


Saturday 4th March 2017 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Reading’s play-off ambitions have received a setback in recent weeks as they’ve suffered back-to-back defeats to Huddersfield Town and Brighton respectively, but they now return to their Madejski Stadium where the Royals will be looking to take advantage of a floundering Wolves outfit.

The recent defeats were both inflicted upon them away from home against sides that possess fantastic home records in the Championship, but Reading also have a good record on home turf with stats of  11-4-2  26/13 and the arrival of manager and former Manchester United defender, Jaap Stam, has certainly had a positive influence in Reading’s defensive unit.

Reading have been a hard team to beat at home this season, and they head into this clash having won three of their last four with wins over Fulham, Cardiff City and Brentford. Look out for strikers McCleary and Kermorgant (8 goals apiece) up front.

Visitors Wolves have seen their season go from bad to worse in recent times as they’ve suffered four defeats on the trot with losses incurred against Burton Albion, Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic and most hurtful of all, a west midlands derby loss to Birmingham City at Molineux.

This poor run of results has seen Wolves drop dangerously close to the relegation zone and they find themselves just two league places and two points above the bottom three ahead of this weekend’s action in the Championship.

That said, Wolves have actually picked up more points on their travels than at home so far this season, and recent wins at Nottingham Forest and Barnsley may still give them hope of survival this term.

But Reading appear to be the better organised side as well as possessing greater confidence, so I’ll back the home side with the attractively priced round ball handicap.

Pick: Reading AH0 @ 1.65 Bet Victor


Reading v Fulham Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals – 24 January 2017

Championship Tips

Tuesday 23rd January 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs Reading v Fulham Football – England – Championship The battle for the playoff spots is starting to really get going in the Championship with as many as 11 teams still very much with a live chance of finishing in one of those four spots. With Newcastle and Brighton seemingly well ahead of the rest in the league this term, it’s unlikely – barring a collapse from one of those – that anyone will break their hold on the automatic promotion spots meaning the only realistic route for two of those 11 teams, Reading and Fulham, is via the playoffs and the three points on offer on Tuesday are crucial in their efforts.

Reading have stuttered of late losing two consecutive games in the Championship for the first time since the middle of August. Defeats at home to QPR and away to Derby look to have put paid to any hopes of automatic promotion they may have had coming into 2017 as it means the Royals are now 11 points behind second place Brighton. There is obviously a long way to go and plenty of points to play for but Jaap Stam’s men simply have to get back to winning ways, not least because the teams behind them are queuing up for a place in the top six. Defeat to Derby on Saturday means they are now just two points ahead of that opponent but Reading do have this game in hand which could give them a bit more breathing space as a win would lift them back into third spot ahead of Huddersfield and Leeds. What Stam’s men cannot afford to do is extend this losing run, particularly as it comes against a team who are not awfully far away from them in the league table.

When previewing the Championship at the start of the season Fulham were one of the teams I felt would struggle to make an impact but they have proved me completely wrong. Slavia Jokanovic took over as head coach in the summer and he’s wasted little time in getting his message and philosophy across to his players. The Cottagers have been one of the most entertaining and visually impressing teams to watch in the division so far and it’s been successful as well. When you consider this club flirted with relegation for long spells last season the fact they are in with a realistic chance of finishing in the top six more than halfway through this campaign then it’s a pretty stunning turnaround in a little over six months. Since the middle of October, Fulham have lost just three of 15 and two of those defeats have come against second place Brighton. One major concern for Jokanovic is the size of his squad which may well be stretched if and when there are a number of injuries and suspensions kick in and he may well look to the last few days of this window as an opportunity to bring another couple of bodies in to help ease that pressure.

Reading v Fulham Betting Tips

This game was originally scheduled for the 30th of December but had to be abandoned in the first half due to heavy fog. As it is, they will try for a second time on Tuesday with both clubs hoping to make up some points on the teams around them. To illustrate just how competitive the battle for third to sixth is likely to be between now and May, a Brighton win at home on the same night then there will be fewer points between sixth and 13th as there will be between second and third.

QPR done a job on Reading a couple of weeks back but I’m not sure a backs to the wall type of performance is in Fulham’s DNA as they look to dominate possession and use their technically gifted footballers to make the difference. That may well suit Reading better and allow their own attackers some more freedom in the final third. They will be out for revenge having been thumped 5-0 at Craven Cottage in early December and whilst a repeat of that score line is pretty unrealistic for either side, I do expect there to be a few goals in this game.

Games involving Reading and Fulham in the Championship this year both average well over 2.5 goals and it’s a trend that I see continuing on Tuesday. Both teams are much better on the front foot and the nature of this game in hand should ensure a fast tempo from the outset.


Reading v QPR Betting Tip Reading – 12th January 2017

Championship Tips

Thursday 12th January 2016 Kickoff: 2000hrs Reading v Queens Park Rangers Football – England – Championship Both Reading and Queens Park Rangers exited the FA Cup last weekend but the two have been in good form in the Championship of late and will be looking to continue that by picking up points when they meet on Thursday. The home team are riding in third at the moment looking to close the gap on the top two whilst ‘Rangers are attempting to pull themselves further clear from the foot of the table.

The Royals appointed Jaap Stam as their new manager during the summer and it was uncertain as to how the former Manchester United and AC Milan player would do in his senior management job, let alone his first season coaching in England. More than halfway through the season and it appears to have been a very shrewd appointment as Reading have enjoyed an excellent season thus far. With 14 wins and only six defeats from their first 24 games the club have a realistic chance of automatic promotion, although on the evidence we have seen so far it will be difficult to catch Brighton or Newcastle. It may be that Stam and his players will have to target a playoff spot but that would be considerable success in itself. The Dutchman will hope that last weekend’s heavy defeat away to United in the cup is just a blip and there’s no reason not to believe that as Reading had won nine of their 11 league games before that loss.

Ian Holloway has had a long association with Queens Park Rangers, first as a player and then a five year spell as manager between 2001 and 2006. He probably felt that would have been his last position at the club but the sacking of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink earlier this season presented him another opportunity as he resumed control of first team affairs. It has certainly not been the easiest of starts to kick off his second spell but there have been signs of improvement recently, which was much needed. Before last weekend’s 2-1 loss at home to Blackburn in the cup, QPR had managed to win back to back games for the first time since August. The wins over Wolves and Ipswich were hard earned and allowed them to move five points clear of the bottom three but that good form will have to continue such is the cluster of teams fighting to beat the drop. Like Stam, Holloway will be hoping a return to league business will see his team recapture the winning thread.

Reading v Queens Park Rangers Betting Tips

The spoils were shared when the two met at Loftus Road in October, which was actually the fifth draw in the last seven meetings of the teams. The need for points for both Reading and ‘Rangers is apparent but for very different reasons, obviously. The hosts are involved in a competitive battle to remain in control of a playoff spot with the aspiration of challenging the top two and their opponents cannot afford to rest on their laurels at the other end of the table.

Reading have only lost one game at home all season in the league which is an indication of how strong they are on their own turf. It’s the complete opposite for QPR who have found wins on the road difficult to come by. The 2-1 success over Wolves recently was their first success in six road games and they managed to score in just two of those. They have also sold a couple of key players this week which will not make their task any easier. I’ve been impressed with Reading this term and whilst they were well beaten last week at Old Trafford, Thursday’s match is an excellent opportunity to get them back on track and accumulate another three points for their promotion charge.

Reading 20/21 @ Betvictor


Reading v QPR Betting Tips: 1, 2017-01-12

Championship Tips


Thursday 12th January 2017 – Kickoff: 2000hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Although Reading were dumped out of the FA Cup at the third round stage on the weekend when they were handed a 4-0 thrashing away at Premier League Manchester City, The Royals have been flying high in the Championship and they return to action at their Madejski Stadium on Thursday night to take on beleaguered QPR.

Reading come into this match having won their last three Championship matches on the trot with wins over Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City and Bristol City as they now sit in third place and can reduce the points deficit from Newcastle United to three points with a win this evening.

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has turned the Berkshire outfit around in dramatic fashion, and their home form has been impressive with a record of  8-3-1  20/9 on home turf following five straight wins on the trot recently.

Visitors QPR were also sent packing early from the FA Cup as they crashed out to Blackburn Rovers in a 2-1 defeat at Loftus Road, and they face another tough prospect in Reading when they make their way to the Madejski Stadium on Thursday night.

Former manager and player Ian Holloway has returned to The R’s following the departure of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and Holloway has recently crafted back-to-back wins for QPR against Wolves (away) and Ipswich Town (at home).

QPR’s away record stands at  4-2-6  12/17 and still requires improvement, and although they did beat Wolves and Ipswich recently, both of these teams are currently sitting in the bottom half of the Championship.

Pick: Reading to win @ 1.85 William Hill


Reading v Norwich Betting Tips: 1 AH+0.5, 2016-12-26

Championship Tips


Monday 26th December 2016 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Reading jumped into third spot in the Championship following a 3-2 win away at Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and they’ll be looking to take something from this Boxing Day clash against a Norwich City side who have been out of sorts in recent matches.

Reading return to their Madejski Stadium where they’ve suffered just one defeat throughout this campaign to date which was a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa back in mid-October, but since that reverse, The Royals have recorded four league wins on the bounce having beaten the likes of Nottingham Forest, Burton Albion, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Reading’s home record stands at a healthy looking  7-3-1  17/8 which includes five clean sheets on home turf so far this season. The hosts have failed to score just once at the Madejski Stadium too which has helped them to their current position.

Visitors Norwich City dropped down to 10th place in the Championship following a very disappointing 2-1 loss at home to Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road and this defeat became their seventh defeat in nine matches as The Canaries are seemingly in free-fall mode.

In addition, Norwich City make their way across to Berkshire on the back of four straight defeats away from home as they’ve suffered losses at Brighton, QPR, Derby County and Barnsley while their away record now reads a poor (by their standards)  3-2-6  16/23.

The Canaries’ defence must be a concern for all involved in the squad as they’ve failed to keep a single clean sheet away from home throughout this season to date, and this must therefore tip the balance in Reading’s favour here.

Pick: Reading AH+0.5 @ 1.55 Unibet


Reading v Nottm Forest Betting Tips: 1 AH-0.25, 2016-10-29

Championship Tips


Saturday 29th October 2016 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting tips

Reading recently ended a run of four league matches without a win last weekend when they registered a 1-0 win away at struggling Rotherham United which maintained The Royals’ eighth place position in the Championship.

They return to their Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon where they’ll welcome bottom half club Nottingham Forest with the hosts looking for all three points that could lift them up into the play-off positions. And with a home record that stands at  3-3-1 8/6, Reading look a reasonable bet for the points here today.

Reading recently lost their unbeaten tag in a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa, but they had previously beaten Preston North End, Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town so they’ll fancy their chances in this one.

Onto Nottingham Forest, and the visitors have slumped to 19th place in the Championship following three defeats from their last four matches under Frenchman Philippe Montanier, and another defeat at the Madejski today could well seal his fate as the Tricky Trees have been anything but in recent weeks.

Defeats to Bristol City, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City have contributed to Forest’s current poor league position, while their away record stands at an equally poor  0-2-5  7/14 having lost their last three on the road on the trot.

Nottingham Forest have also managed to keep just one clean sheet from their last 15 away matches, and this could be a telling statistic in this encounter against Reading here this afternoon.

I’ll give the quarter-ball on the hosts Reading today.

Pick: Reading AH-0.25 @ 1.75 Bet Victor


Reading v Aston Villa Betting Tips: 1 AH0, 2016-10-18

Championship Tips


Tuesday 18th October 2016 – Kickoff: 2000hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Reading secured a point away from home on the weekend as they held a decidedly off-colour QPR to a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road on the back of a previous 1-1 draw at home with Derby County.

The Royals are now within striking distance of the play-off pack as they’ve put together a useful run of results with just one defeat suffered from their last nine matches overall in the Championship which includes wins against Cardiff city, Ipswich Town, Barnsley and Huddersfield Town.

Reading’s overall home record stands at  3-3-0  7/4 and they still remain unbeaten at the Madejski Stadium under the guidance of former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam with Reading, perhaps unsurprisingly, possessing the third best defensive record at home in the division.

Visitors Aston Villa are finding life in the English second tier extremely difficult to come to terms with as the west midlands club find themselves fifth from bottom in the Championship despite harbouring ambitions of a swift return to the Premier League this season following relegation at the end of last term.

It’s now ten league matches without a win for the once famous club, and former Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce has taken over the reigns at Villa Park as he attempts to turn the club’s fortunes around. Bruce has cited a lack of fitness for Villa’s poor start to this campaign, as his side have taken the lead in 7 of their 12 matches to date but going on to win just once.

Villa have also failed to win any of their six away matches in the Championship to date as they take a fragile looking away record of  0-3-3  2/7 to Berkshire on Tuesday night, and they are not in the least guaranteed of anything at Reading here.

Pick: Reading AH0 @ 1.83 bet365


Newcastle v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2016-08-17

Championship Tips


Wednesday 17th August 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

We’re only two league matches into the new Championship season, but already the pressure is beginning to pile up on Newcastle United and manager Rafa Benitez following back-to-back defeats in the English second tier.

Losses to Fulham 1-0 away on the opening day of the season and an unforgivable 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town means that the Magpies head into tonight’s match against Reading in a ‘must-win’ encounter as three defeats on the trot would be unthinkable, even at this early stage of the season.

But it’s not expected to be a walk in the park against Reading tonight as Newcastle’s last clash against The Royals ended in a 2-1 defeat in the Premier League back in 2013. But the home side do possess some dangerous forwards in the shape of Gayle, Armstrong and Perez who’ll be looking to make a nuisance of themselves at St James’ Park tonight.

Visitors Reading opened their account in the Championship on the first day of the season with a 1-0 home win over Preston North End which perhaps was an early relegation battle of things to come later in the campaign? The Royals then followed this up with a 2-0 home win over Plymouth Argyle in the League Cup a few days later.

But their weekend 2-0 defeat away at Wolves again signals their weakness on the road in the second tier as they’ve now lost four of their last five matches on their travels with losses incurred at Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Blackburn rovers and the aforementioned Wolves (a record which extends back into the latter stages of last season).

Overall though, Reading have registered just two away wins from their last 19 matches in the Championship, and so I’ll back the hosts here this evening who surely won’t get a better chance to get off the mark than this evening??

Pick: Newcastle United to win @ 1.73 William Hill


Middlesbrough v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2016-04-12

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Tuesday 12th April 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Middlesbrough have a chance of wresting back top position of the Championship if they manage to take all three points against Reading at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night. The hosts have won their last four Championship matches on the trot with wins over Hull City, QPR, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End as they ramp up their quest for Premier League football once again.

Boro will also be keen to put some daylight between themselves and third placed Brighton who maintained the pressure on the top two clubs following their Monday night 2-1 win away at Nottingham Forest, but with Boro’s strong home record of  15-3-2  31/6 behind them, tonight’s hosts could jump ahead here.

Boro have won their last five on home turf scoring 10 goals in the process and conceding just 2 in reply, and indeed their defensive work at home has been outstanding as they’ve racked up a staggering 14 clean sheets!

Visitors Reading have had to endure another ordinary and disappointing season as they’ve failed to make any sort of impact upon the top half of the Championship, let alone make a serious challenge for a play-off spot as they wallow in 14th place.

Inconsistency away from home has cost The Royals a possible tilt at the play-offs despite a fairly solid record at the Madejski Stadium, with their away record standing at a disappointing  5-3-11  22/30 and just two away wins from their last 14 trips.

Just two clean sheets on their travels tells its own story, and coming up against a tight defensive Middlesbrough unit tonight should see The Royals come away from Teesside empty-handed.

Pick: Middlesbrough to win @ 1.62 bet365