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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

Championship Tips


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


Brighton v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2016-03-15

Championship Tips


Tuesday 15th March 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Brighton were held to a 0-0 draw at home on Saturday by much-improved Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex Stadium, and The Seagulls still remain in the hunt for an automatic promotion spot following a useful four-match unbeaten run ahead of tonight’s clash with Reading.

Recent 4-0 wins against Bristol City away and Leeds United at home preceded back-to-back 0-0 draws with Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday, but they are just two points adrift of second placed Middlesbrough, with a home match in store tonight.

Brighton’s overall home record stands at an excellent  12-3-3  27/15 and they’re unbeaten in their last five matches, having won four of these with victories against Huddersfield Town, Brentford, Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United.

Visitors Reading have ndured a topsy-turvy campaign to date as their home record has been let down somewhat by their performances away from home, as The Royals have suffered just three defeat at the Madejski Stadium all season.

However, three defeats from their last four on the road emphasises the troubles Reading have had in putting any sort of decent run of results together on their travels with recent defeats at MK Dons, Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town.

Reading’s away record reads an accordingly off-colour  4-3-10  21/29 with tonight’s visitors registering just one win from their last 12 on the road, and suffering 9 defeats during this sequence, so the moemtum is definitely not on Reading’s side going into this encounter at Brighton tonight.

Pick: Brighton to win @ 1.95 bet365


Derby v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2016-01-12

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Tuesday 12th January 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Derby County will no doubt be keen to get back to winning ways this evening when they play host to mid-table Reading at the iPro Stadium as The Rams have failed to win their last two Championship matches.

A 2-2 draw away at Leeds United was further compounded by a 2-0 loss away at Middlesbrough, but it should be noted that both of these results were dealt out away from home, and that Derby County possess a very solid record on home turf in the Championship.

A record of  7-4-1  23/8 has seen The Rams unbeaten in their last nine matches in which they’ve won seven of these encounters. Derby’s forward line of Ince, Martin and Russell is one of the most potent in the second tier and they look likely to score again this evening.

Visitors Reading won last time out in the Championship with a 1-0 home win over strugglers Bristol City, and The Royals have also registered a recent win over Blackburn Rovers at their Madejski Stadium.

However, both of these recent successes have been on home turf while Reading’s away form has been woeful in recent times as they’ve lost their last six away matches on the trot scoring 4 goals for, but conceding a total of 13 against!

Reading’s away record stands at  3-2-7  14/19 and they’ve kept just one clean sheet on their travels all season. Perhaps more importantly, Reading have lost their last four encounters against top half opposition away from home on the trot.

Pick: Derby County to win @ 1.70 Bet Victor


Hull v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2015-12-16

Championship Tips


Wednesday 16th December 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Hull City bounced back from three matches without a win in the Championship on Saturday when they beat struggling Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at their KC Stadium to jump back up into third place, and they now host Reading on Wednesday night as they go in search of back-to-back wins.

Depending on Middlesbrough’s match with Burnley on Tuesday night, all three points for The Tigers against Reading could see them leapfrog Boro into second spot behind league leaders Brighton, and given Hull’s solid form on home turf this season, this may well not be out of the question.

A record of  7-2-1  17/5 is a great record to have when you’re wanting to make the most of your home games, and manager Steve Bruce must be delighted with his team’s stingy defensive record which has seen Hull achieve six clean sheets to date with only Middlesbrough having a better defensive record at home in the Championship so far.

Visitors Reading have dropped to a mid-table position following three Championship defeats on the trot but they remain just four points adrift of sixth placed Ipswich Town in what is a very congested top half in the division.

Defeats to Nottingham Forest, QPR and Preston North End have prevented The Royals from making an impact upon the play-off pack for the time being and this has resulted in manager Steve Clark being shown the door with Martin Kuhl taking over the reigns at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading’s away record reads a fairly ordinary  3-2-5  13/16 and is certainly not the kind of record you need if you’re chasing at least a play-off spot which I daresay is the minimum requirement for the Berkshire-based side.

In short, Hull should win this one quite comfortably, with perhaps a 1-0 or 2-0 margin.

Pick: Hull City to win @ 1.91 bet365


Rotherham v Reading Betting Tips: 2 AH0, 2015-10-20

Championship Tips


Tuesday 20th October 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Rotherham United stumbled to another defeat on Saturday afternoon when they went down 2-1 away to Brentford at Griffin Park and this follows on from the 2-1 loss at home to Burnley just prior to the international break.

Rotherham recently dismissed former manager Steve Evans who had gained promotion with The Millermen from League One but results really haven’t gone their way so far this season and they sit second from bottom in the Championship having lost 7 of their 11 matches to date.

Rotherham’s home form currently reads a disappointing  1-1-3  5/10 with just the one success coming against Cardiff City back in September, but defeats to MK Dons, Fulham and Burnley suggest that tonight’s visitors Reading stand a good chance of getting something here tonight.

Onto Reading then, and The Royals have enjoyed a sudden upturn in form as they’ve registered four straight Championship wins on the bounce with victories against Bristol City, Burnley, Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic.

Particularly impressive were the wins over Burnley and Middlesbrough who both occupy top five positions in the division, while Reading possess a fairly solid away record of  3-1-1  9/5 on the back of three straight wins on their travels at Brentford, Bristol City and of course Burnley.

Forwards Blackman (8 goals) and Orlando Sa (4 goals) look likely anytime goalscorer candidates for The Royals as they look to reduce the four-point deficit that league leaders Brighton currently hold.

Despite the arrival of former Leeds United manager Neil Redfern who had managed to transform a poor Leeds side during his all-too-brief tenure at Elland Road amidst very difficult circumstances (not least dealing with the Chairman!), Rotherham may take some time to adapt to Redfearn’s ways. With this in mind, I’ll back Reading with the draw no bet option here, and the visitors might run out possible 2-1 winners.

Pick: Reading AH0 @ 1.58 Bet Victor


Burnley v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2015-09-26

Championship Tips


Saturday 26th September 2015 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Burnley earned a good point away from home last weekend when they held Derby County to a 1-1 draw at the iPro Stadium which has placed The Clarets in third spot in the Championship with a visit from Reading pending.

Burnley are now unbeaten in their last five of which they’ve won four of these with wins over Brentford, Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, as today’s hosts have made the most of this relatively easy run of matches. They’ll now be looking to carry this momentum into this afternoon’s clash with Reading.

Burnley’s home form at Turf Moor has been impressive with three wins and a draw amidst an overall record of  3-1-0  8/4 and they seem to be getting the benefit of sticking by manager Sean Dyche despite the disappointment of relegation from the Premier League last season.

Visitors Reading bounced back from their previous defeat to Derby County in the Championship last weekend when they managed a 2-0 win away at hapless Bristol City which handed The Royals a third win from their last four matches.

Previous victories over Brentford and Ipswich Town have lifted The Royals up into early play-off reckoning, but it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep their momentum going particularly away from home where they’ve traditionally struggled in the Championship.

Reading’s early away record has improved to  2-1-1  7/4 but they face a tough Burnley outfit at Turf Moor today so they’ll have their work cut out to get anything here this afternoon.

Both sides have taken advantage of the slightly ‘weaker’ opposition in recent weeks, but I feel Burnley have the necessary weapons to edge the points in a possible 2-1 win today.

Take Burnley straight win @ 2.50 betvictor


Reading v Ipswich Town Betting Tips: 2 AH+0.5, 2015-09-11

Championship Tips


Friday 11th September 2015 – Kickoff: 2000hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Mid-table Reading entertain third placed Ipswich Town at the Madejski Stadium on Friday night as we are served up an intriguing contest between two sides that are interestingly priced up with the bookmakers.

Reading have won just once in their first five Championship matches of the new season which was a 3-1 win away at Brentford just before the international break. However, prior to that win against The Bees, Reading had started their campaign with a defeat at Birmingham City along with draws against Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.

The Royals’ home form has started with back-to-back 0-0 stalemates, but looking at the bigger picture, Reading have failed to win on home turf in their last seven matches in the Championship which makes me wonder why the hosts are priced as favourites for this clash.

Visitors Ipswich Town, on the flip side, have lost just once in their first five Championship matches which was a 3-2 loss at home to Brighton before the break. But before that loss, Ipswich Town had put together three wins on the trot with victories over Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley and Preston North End.

Away from home, the Tractor Boys are unbeaten in their opening two matches with a 2-2 draw away at Brentford which was followed up with a 2-1 win at Deepdale against Preston, as their early away record reads a solid  1-1-0  4/3.

It’s true that Ipswich’s away form overall in the Championship hasn’t been great, but I do feel that Mick McCarthy’s men have the ability to at least avoid defeat here tonight. This could end up a 1-1 draw, in which case my pick will be a winner.

Take Ipswich Town AH+0.5 @ 1.75 betvictor