Reading vs Watford Betting Tip Draw & BTTS – 3 October 2020

Nothing to split the Royals & Canaries

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Reading vs Watford
3rd October 1500hrs
Football – England – EFL Championship
Draw & BTTS
Bookmaker Unibet
Odds: 10/3 odds taken 0902 GMT, Friday 2 October

Reading and Watford square off in a tasty EFL Championship fixture at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday. The Royals are one of just two teams left in England’s second tier with maximum points from three games. Can Reading make it 12 points from 12 at the weekend? We have the best betting odds and tips in our in-depth Reading v Watford preview.

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Reading Preview – Royals to make it 12 points from 12?

Veljko Paunovic, who took over at Reading in the summer, has made an instant impact at the Madejski Stadium. The 43-year-old had previously been in charge of Chicago Fire in MLS before making the switch to England.

Reading have started their season with three wins from three in the Championship. The Royals kicked off with an impressive 2-0 victory at Derby County, which was followed up with a 2-0 home win over Barnsley on matchday two.

Our betting prediction:
Both teams to score

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(odds taken 0919 GMT, Friday 2 October)

Reading made it nine points out nine with a professional showing against Neil Harris’ Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium last time out. Goals from Michael Morrison and Lucas Joao did the damage in the 2-1 success in South Wales.

Not many people would have had Reading down as promotion candidates before a ball was kicked this term, but Paunovic has got this group of players playing to their maximum. Can they maintain their 100% record with another win on Saturday?

Watford Preview – Will the Hornets keep up their unbeaten start?

Watford also have a new manager at the helm. After suffering relegation from the Premier League last term, the club moved quickly to bring in former PAOK and Maccabi Tel Aviv manager Vladimir Ivic.

Like Reading, Watford have also started well, taking seven points from nine on offer. The Hornets started with a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough. They then drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough before beating Luton Town 1-0 at Vicarage Road last Saturday.

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Watford are one of the promotion favourites with the bookies, as the Hertfordshire club look for an instant return to the Premier League. Can the Hornets leave Reading with a positive result this weekend?


Reading vs Watford Betting Advice

This will be the first league meeting between these two sides for over five years. When they last locked horns, Watford thumped Reading 4-1 at Vicarage Road. Saturday’s game will surely be a lot closer on the scoreline.


Key Facts – Reading vs Watford Betting Tip

  • Reading are one of two Championship clubs with a 100% record after three games
  • Watford are also unbeaten in the league this term, picking up seven points from a possible nine
  • These two last met in the cup two years ago, with the Hornets running out 2-0 winners at the Madejski


Before the season started, we would have had this one down as an away win. However, with the way Reading have begun their league campaign, this is now a very tough fixture to call.

With that in mind, we can see the pair playing out a tense draw at the Madejski. The draw and both teams to score is nicely priced at 10/3.

Exciting youngster Joao Pedro netted his first Championship goal last weekend. Big things are expected of the Brazilian, and we fancy the teenager to get his name on the scoresheet this Saturday. Back Pedro to score anytime in this one at 2/1.


The best betting odds for Reading vs Watford

Reading to win: 12/5 at Bet365
Draw: 11/5 at Bet365
Watford to win: 5/4 at Bet365