Reading vs Birmingham City Betting Tip Home Win – 9 December 2020

Royals to chalk up another home win

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Reading vs Birmingham City
9th December 1945hrs
Football – England – EFL Championship
Pick Home Win
Bookmaker Unibet
Odds: 21/20 odds taken 1725 GMT, Tuesday 8 December

Veljko Paunovic’s Reading welcome Aitor Karanka’s Birmingham City to the Madejski Stadium this Wednesday night for an EFL Championship fixture. After four defeats on the bounce, the Royals are back in form, winning two and drawing two of their last four. As for the Blues, last weekend’s surprise win at Bristol City was their first victory in seven. Who will come out on top in Berkshire in midweek?

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Reading Preview – Royals to extend undefeated run to five?

Veljko Paunovic hit the ground running at the Madejski, guiding the Royals to seven wins and a draw from their first eight Championship matches. However, they then hit a bad patch of form, losing successive games to Coventry City, Preston North End, Stoke City and Bournemouth.

Since that 4-2 loss to the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium, Reading have gone four games unbeaten, winning two and drawing two. In front of their home supporters last weekend, the Royals secured a 2-0 victory over Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest, which was their ninth league success of the season.

Our betting prediction:
Reading to be winning at half time

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(odds taken 1726 GMT, Tuesday 8 December)

Reading are flying high in third place in the table ahead of matchday 17 in the Championship. If results go in their favour, Paunovic’s side could be top before they take on Queens Park Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday.

Birmingham City Preview – Karanka’s men to fall to a narrow defeat at the Madejski?

Aitor Karanka has had a mixed bag of results since taking over at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium. On the opening weekend of the season, Birmingham City shocked Brentford, with Jeremy Bela scoring the only goal of the game. City then went on to win just two of their following 14 in the Championship.

After three draws and three defeats, the Blues picked up a surprise victory at high-flying Bristol City last weekend. It was a pretty even game at Ashton Gate, but Harlee Dean popped up in the 80th minute to give Karanka’s men an invaluable three points.

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Birmingham will be buoyed after last weekend’s stunning result in Bristol, but Wednesday’s game in Berkshire will be another stern test for the Blues. The bookies have the away win available at 13/5.


Reading vs Birmingham City Betting Advice

Both teams won the away fixture last season. Almost a year to the day, Birmingham left Reading with a deserved 3-2 victory. However, the Royals returned the favour in March, with Matt Miazga, Yakou Meite and Pele netting in a 3-1 away victory at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.


Key Facts – Reading vs Birmingham City Betting Tip

  • Reading are unbeaten in their last four, winning two and drawing two
  • Birmingham have won just four of their opening 16 Championship matches this term
  • Only one of the previous eight league and cup meetings between Reading and Birmingham has finished all square


Both sides had good wins last weekend, with Reading beating Forest 2-0 at home, while Birmingham stunned Bristol City at Ashton Gate. However, home advantage could be key in this clash.

After four defeats on the spin, Reading have bounced back well of late, taking eight points from the last 12 on the table. We fancy the Royals to extend their unbeaten run to five with three points on home turf this Wednesday. The home victory is priced at 21/20.

Lucas Joao has been in red-hot form for Reading this season, already netting 11 Championship goals. Take a punt on Joao to open the scoring in this one at 5/1.


The best betting odds for Reading vs Birmingham City

Reading to win: 21/20 at Bet365
Draw: 5/2 at Bet365
Birmingham City to win: 13/5 at Bet365