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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

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

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READING v NORWICH CITY

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

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

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READING v NOTTINGHAM FOREST

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

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

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READING v ASTON VILLA

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

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

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NEWCASTLE UNITED v READING

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

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

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MIDDLESBROUGH v READING

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

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

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BRIGHTON v READING

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

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

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DERBY COUNTY v READING

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

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

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HULL CITY v READING

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

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