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Huddersfield v Reading Betting Tips: Under 2.5, 2017-05-29

Championship Tips
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v READING Monday 29th May 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Monday afternoon brings us the ‘richest game in football’ in the Championship season finale as Huddersfield town and Reading both look to join already-promoted Newcastle United and Brighton into the Premier League in a match that is reported to be worth around 290 million pounds. The new TV deals surrounding the English top flight therefore brings even more pressure into this play-off final between two teams that were widely rated as ‘underdogs’ prior to the Championship semi-final play-offs, as Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday were both expected to reach the final. Indeed, it’s interesting to note that three of the four teams that participated in the play-offs at the end of this Championship season (Reading, Huddersfield Town and Fulham) were in the bottom eight of the division at the end of last season’s campaign, such is the volatility of the Championship! Taking a look at Huddersfield Town first, and The Terriers confounded their critics by finishing the regular season in fifth position and grabbing a play-off place ahead of their heavily fancied Yorkshire rivals, Leeds United, who tailed off in dramatic fashion, while Huddersfield just kept going. Huddersfield were roundly criticised for fielding a perceived ‘weaker’ side against relegation threatened Birmingham City in their penultimate game of the season and against Cardiff City on the final day, as they lost both matches 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. However, The Terriers duly bounced back against another Yorkshire club, Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off semi-finals as they emerged victorious over two legs, but not before having to endure the agony of a penalty shoot-out against The Owls. Onto Reading, and The Royals enjoyed a fantastic season in the Championship under the guidance of former Manchester United defender, Jaap Stam, who has transformed the Berkshire outfit into a team that is very hard to beat. Reading finished in third place but eight points behind runners-up Brighton at the end of the regular season, but they come into this ‘winner takes all’ match on the back of a six game unbeaten run which includes seeing off free-scoring Fulham in the play-off semi-finals. Indeed, with the fact that they were able to contain an attacking, free-scoring Fulham outfit over two legs suggests that Reading stand a very good chance of gaining the ultimate prize here, but I’m expecting a tight and nervous affair this afternoon which could be decided by just a single goal. Pick: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.62 Unibet
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Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: BTTS, 2017-05-16

Championship Tips
READING v FULHAM Tuesday 16th May 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips The first leg of this Championship semi-final play-off ended up all square 1-1 at Craven Cottage, and now Reading appear to have the slight advantage being at their Madejski Stadium for this evening’s second leg decider. Reading will have been delighted to avoid defeat away at free-scoring Fulham last week particularly as they’d recently suffered defeats at Norwich City 7-1 and 3-2 at Nottingham Forest on their travels, and they’ll now be hoping to register a fifth consecutive win on home turf tonight. Prior to the play-offs, Reading ended their season at home in strong fashion as they racked up wins over Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic, and they also beat Fulham earlier in the year with a 1-0 win back in January. Royals forwards Kermorgant (18 goals) and McCleary (9 goals) are the danger men in attack for the hosts. Fulham will now look to their attacking instincts here as they look to overcome a pretty well organised Reading defence in their own backyard if they’re to progress to the Championship play-off final as they missed their chance for a lead in last week’s 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage. However, The Cottagers pulled off perhaps the hardest ‘three-card trick’ in their run-in at the end of the Championship regular season with three away wins on the trot at Norwich City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday - the latter two clubs also being involved in the play-offs. With this impressive run of recent wins on the road, I fancy Fulham won’t be daunted by their trip to Reading this evening, especially with goalscoring midfielders Cairney (13 goals) and Johansen (11 goals) supporting Martin (10 goals) up front. This tie really could go either way now, but my choice is for both teams to score here as they chase the win. Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.64 Unibet
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Fulham v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2017-05-13

Craven Cottage (Fulham)
FULHAM v READING Saturday 13th May 2017 - Kickoff: 1730hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips This weekend marks the start of the Championship play-offs and my first pick features Fulham taking on Reading in the first leg at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening with the hosts looking to continue their recent blistering form. Fulham have flown under the radar for the majority of their Championship campaign, but their profile has risen in recent weeks as they’ve hit a purple patch of form to grab a play-off place having racked up six wins from their last eight matches of the regular season, scoring plenty of goals in the process. In fact, Fulham have scored 19 goals in these last eight matches, while their form at Craven Cottage stands at  10-8-5  45/32, and they finished the season level on goals scored (85) with promoted Newcastle United and 8th placed Norwich City. Look out for goalscoring midfielders Cairney (12 goals) and Johansen (11 goals) along with forward Martin (10 goals). Visitors Reading finished in third place in the English second tier but eight points adrift of eventual runners-up Brighton as the Berkshire outfit prepare for their two-legged play-off semi-final with free-scoring Fulham on Saturday. Reading’s successful season was largely built upon a solid defensive unit, especially at their Madejski Stadium, which perhaps is unsurprising given they’re managed by former Manchester United defender, Jaap Stam. However, The Royals’ away results have been inconsistent throughout this campaign, and they’ll do well to contain a rampant Fulham at Craven Cottage on the back of their away record which currently stands at  10-2-11  33/48. Fulham tend not to deal in draws as it’s either win or lose on the road, and I’ll back the former here this evening with Fulham taking a lead into the second leg. Pick: Fulham to win @ 1.65 bet365
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Reading v Wigan Betting Tips: 1 AH-0.25, 2017-04-29

Championship Tips
READING v WIGAN ATHLETIC Saturday 29th April 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips With just two matches of the regular season remaining in the Championship, Reading will be keen to confirm their play-off place in the English second tier on Saturday afternoon when they play host to relegation threatened Wigan Athletic. Mathematically, Reading can still be overhauled by 7th placed Leeds United if The Royals lose both of their remaining matches and Leeds win both of theirs, and having suffered defeat away at lowly Nottingham Forest last weekend, Reading manager, Jaap Stam, will be keen that his side get over the line today and not have to wait until the final day of the season. Reading return to their Madejski Stadium on Saturday though where they hold a good record of  15-5-2  34/16 and are unbeaten in their last nine on home turf. The Royals also possess a strong record at home against bottom half teams with stats of  8-2-1 18/7 so far this season. Forwards Kermorgant (16 goals) and McCleary (9 goals) are the main threats up front. Visitors Wigan Athletic have won just twice from their last eight league matches in the Championship which were both registered at their DW Stadium over Rotherham United and Barnsley, but a draw or defeat at Reading on Saturday would confirm their relegation down to League One. Wigan therefore must win at Reading to stand any chance of avoiding the drop which means they’ll need to break their three-match losing streak away from home following losses at Newcastle United, Ipswich Town and Brighton in recent times. With an away record of  5-4-13  21/30 (which, incidentally, is the best of the bottom three), it’s hard to see them beating Reading, but they do have a reasonable away record at top half teams of  3-4-4  10/11. I have to go with Reading here, but with the handicap. Pick: Reading  AH-0.25 @ 1.63 Bet Victor
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Reading v Rotherham Betting Tips: 1 AH-1, 2017-04-17

Championship Tips
READING v ROTHERHAM UNITED Monday 17th April 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Following their inexplicable 7-1 rout at the hands of Norwich City at Carrow Road last weekend, Reading bounced back in emphatic style away at Aston Villa on Saturday, winning 3-1 which lifted them up into fourth place in the Championship. Prior to that heavy defeat at Norwich, Reading had strung together three league wins on the trot with victories gained over Sheffield Wednesday (away from home), along with back-to-back home wins over Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers. The Royals now return to their Madejski Stadium where they’ve lost just twice all season amidst an overall impressive record that stands at  14-5-2  32/15. But with Reading still nine points adrift of Newcastle United in the automatic promotion spot, it looks like they’ll have to settle for a play-off place. Visitors Rotherham United were confirmed to be relegated following their 3-2 defeat away at Wigan Athletic recently, as The Millers have had to endure a long, hard and ultimately, a campaign to forget as they’ve finished up bottom of the pile with one of the worst points tallies in Championship history. Rotherham have lost 32 of their 42 matches played to date this term, and although they’ve collected four league wins so far, all of these have been at home while their away record has been simply appalling. An away record of  0-1-20  15/61 is the worst in memory for some time, and they’ll surely struggle against a buoyant Reading outfit here today. They possess the worst defensive record away from home in the Championship by a mile, and I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet here! Pick: Reading AH-1 @ 1.63 Bet Victor
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Reading v Newcastle Betting Tips: BTTS, 2017-03-07

Championship Tips
READING v NEWCASTLE UNITED 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
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Reading v Wolves Betting Tips: 1 AH0, 2017-03-04

Championship Tips
READING v WOLVES 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
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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.
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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
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Reading v QPR Betting Tips: 1, 2017-01-12

Championship Tips
READING v QPR 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
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