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Reading v Stevenage Betting Tips: 1, 2018-01-16

FA Cup & League Cup Tips
READING v STEVENAGE Tuesday 16th January 2018 - Kickoff: 2000hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips Reading come into this FA Cup third round replay with Stevenage on the back of a disappointing eight match run without a win in all competitions, so the hosts will be keen to get their season back on track by winning this cup tie this evening. It’s been a frustrating run of results for Jaap Stam’s side who now find themselves in the bottom half of the Championship and just five points above the relegation zone following defeats to Ipswich Town, Burton Albion, Bristol City and Birmingham City. The Royals have been very inconsistent throughout this season overall, but this could be a match which could mark a turning point in their season. League Two outfit, Stevenage, did well to hold Reading to a 0-0 draw at their Lamex Stadium but they’re likely to have their work cut out in this cup replay at the Madejski Stadium despite some encouraging results in recent times. A 4-1 home win over Cheltenham Town and a point away at Morecambe in a 1-1 draw in League Two have been enough to prevent Stevenage from being dragged down near the relegation zone as they sit in 15th place in the fourth tier, and they’ve reached the third round of the FA Cup following wins over Nantwich Town in the first round, and a second round win over Swindon Town. However, Stevenage have lost nine of their last ten away from home in all competitions, which includes a 7-1 hammering at the hands of Luton Town back in mid-October. Indeed, this wretched ten-match stretch away from home have seen them ship a total of 20 goals and score just 3 in reply. Pick: Reading to win @ 1.57 Bet Victor
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Reading v Birmingham City Betting Tips: 2 AH+0.75, 2018-01-02

Championship Tips
READING v BIRMINGHAM CITY Tuesday 2nd January 2018 - Kickoff: 2000hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Reading picked up a point in a 1-1 draw away at Barnsley on Saturday but it’s now five league matches without a win for The Royals in the Championship as they seem to have taken their foot off the accelerator pedal in recent weeks. Jaap Stam’s side had recovered well during November and into early December as they suffered just one defeat in seven matches which was a 2-0 loss at home to Wolves, but this decent run of form saw Reading pick up wins over Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Barnsley and Sunderland. However, Reading have been unable to keep this pace going and they’ve slumped to five without a win which includes defeats to Ipswich Town, Burton Albion and Bristol City, either side of 2-2 and 1-1 draws against Cardiff City and Barnsley respectively. Visitors Birmingham City recorded a very valuable three points in a 1-0 home win over Leeds United at St Andrews on Saturday but it wasn’t enough to lift them off the bottom of the Championship league table as relegation rivals, Sunderland and Bolton also both won, and Burton drew. However, that crucial win ended a miserable run of seven matches without a win, a run which included five defeats to Middlesbrough, Wolves, Fulham, QPR and Norwich City - three of which were at home. This trip to Reading might just suit Birmingham who will be without the added weight of expectation of their St Andrews crowd, and although The Blues possess a woeful away record which stands at  0-3-9  5/22, their luck surely has to change on the road at some time and why not against an off-colour Reading outfit? Pick: Birmingham City AH+0.75 @ 1.66 Bet Victor
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Reading v Burton Albion Betting Tips: 1, 2017-12-23

Championship Tips
READING v BURTON ALBION Saturday 23rd December 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Reading’s five match run without defeat came to an end away at play-off hopefuls, Ipswich Town last weekend, but The Royals now return to their Madejski Stadium this Saturday where they’ll take on struggling Burton Albion. The much needed revival under manager Jaap Stam included wins over Barnsley and Sunderland along with taking points off the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and second placed Cardiff City, and the Berkshire outfit now sit in a much more respectable looking 14th place in the Championship. After a slow start to the new campaign, Reading have also improved their fortunes on home turf where they’ve suffered just one defeat from their last five matches which was an understandable 2-0 loss to league leaders, Wolves, but they’ve become a harder nut to crack on home soil nowadays. Burton Albion secured a valuable three points last weekend when they recorded a 1-0 win away at fellow relegation candidates, Bolton Wanderers, but The Brewers still sit in the bottom three of the Championship as they travel to Reading looking for back-to-back away wins. With just two wins from their last 14 matches overall in the second tier, this seems highly unlikely, but their last two wins have been on the road with the other success being a 1-0 win at Millwall back in early November. And although Burton are capable of springing a surprise on their travels, since they’ve been promoted from League One, The Brewers have registered just six wins from their 34 away matches played at this level - that’s a success rate of just over 17% and they’ve never won back-to-back away matches so far in their Championship history. Pick: Reading to win @ 1.65 Marathonbet
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Reading v Cardiff City Betting Tips: Under 2.5, 2017-12-11

Championship Tips
READING v CARDIFF CITY Monday 11th December 2017 - Kickoff: 2000hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips The Championship’s weekend action wraps up on Monday night when Reading take on second placed Cardiff City at the Madejski Stadium with both teams in pretty good form leading up to this clash. Although Reading come into this encounter sitting in the bottom half of the division in 16th place, The Royals have put together a more promising four match unbeaten run which includes draws with Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday (the former saw them earn a point in a 2-2 draw being 2 goals down), along with back-to-back wins over Barnsley and Sunderland in recent times. Reading still have plenty of room for improvement though at home where they hold a  3-3-4 11/11 record, but back-to-back clean sheets in their last two on home turf will have pleased manager Jaap Stam, and gives them a base from which to work from. Visitors Cardiff City may well fancy their chances of getting all three points here in Berkshire as they look to close the five point gap behind Championship league leaders Wolves who could only muster a point in a disappointing 0-0 draw with struggling Sunderland yesterday. The Bluebirds will also look to put some further daylight between themselves and third placed Bristol City who have emerged as the dark horses of the Championship so far this season, and confidence will be high in the welsh team’s camp as they’ve registered four wins on the trot ahead of this clash. Wins over Brentford, Barnsley, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City have maintained their push for an automatic promotion spot, while their away record reads a reasonable looking  6-1-3  11/9. Goals have been in low supply though for both teams, and I’m expecting a tightly fought contest here. Pick: Under 2.5 @ 1.74 Marathonbet
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Derby County v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2017-11-04

Championship Tips
DERBY COUNTY v READING Saturday 4th November 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Derby County will be looking to continue their recent impressive momentum on Saturday afternoon when they play host to Championship strugglers, Reading, at the iPro Stadium with the home side seeking a fifth league win on the trot. The Rams’ recent surge in form includes a local derby win over Nottingham Forest along with victories over Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City and Leeds United - the latter two results being achieved away from home, and the bigger picture is that Derby are now unbeaten in their last seven prior to today’s clash. Derby have also been impressive on home turf so far this season too, with a record of  4-1-1  11/3 which includes four clean sheets which will have pleased manager, Garry Rowett, a former defender himself, and they possess a potent attacking force that includes Nugent, Winnall and Vydra, the latter in line to face his former club today. Onto Reading then, and The Royals secured a valuable three points during the week when they beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 at the Madejski Stadium to pull away from the bottom three in the Championship, which put paid to recent back-to-back defeats to Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, from turning into something more serious. However, Reading and manager Jaap Stam will have their work cut out when they travel to the east midlands for their clash with in-form Derby County here, as Reading desperately seek some sort of consistency on their travels. An away record of  2-1-4  6/8 isn’t good enough for a side harbouring ambitions of a play-off place this season, and although they’ve recently picked up wins at Birmingham City and Leeds United, they’ve also been handed defeats at Millwall and Sheffield United. Pick: Derby County to win @ 1.85 Betfair
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Reading v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: 2 AH0, 2017-10-31

Championship Tips
READING v NOTTINGHAM FOREST Tuesday 31st October 2017 - Kickoff: 2000hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips A case of the boot being on the other foot is very much apparent in the next fixture, as struggling Reading take on a Nottingham Forest side who are within striking distance of the play-off pack, when the two teams meet at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night. Reading finished in third place at the end of the regular Championship season, but they’ll be hard pressed to achieve that feat again this term as The Royals currently sit just two league places and two points above the relegation zone ahead of this evening’s clash. Just one league win from their last eight matches overall will have increased the pressure on manager, Jaap Stam, who will be desperate for his side to stem the flow of recent defeats. Reading lost yet again at home on Saturday in a dismal 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough with Britt Assombalonga applying the finishing touch, and his former club, Nottingham Forest, will be looking to inflict a fourth home defeat upon The Royals this evening. Visitors Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, are enjoying a much less stressful season this time around following their last day escape from the drop zone at the end of their last campaign, with Forest sitting in the relative comfort of a mid-table position ahead of their trip to Reading. However, as many Forest fans will agree, inconsistent results always seem to be lurking just around the corner, and this is indicated by their three defeats at home and four losses away from home already this season. But Forest have managed three wins from their last four matches with wins over Sheffield United, Burton Albion and Hull City, so the momentum appears to be on the visitors’ side heading into this encounter. Pick: Nottingham Forest AH0 @ 2.43 Unibet looks good value
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Sheffield United v Reading Betting Tips: 1, 2017-10-21

Championship Tips
SHEFFIELD UNITED v READING Saturday 21st October 2017 - Kickoff; 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Sheffield United will be looking to post back-to-back wins in the Championship when they play host to Reading at Bramall Lane, and a win this afternoon could lift them to the top of the table depending on other results. United bounced back from defeat at Nottingham Forest with a 1-0 home win over Ipswich Town last weekend, and they hold home advantage once again here today, where they possess a strong record of  5-0-1  8/2. Blades manager, Chris Wilder, will be pleased with his side’s four clean sheets on home turf so far, and the hosts have suffered just one defeat from their last eight matches at home. Forwards Sharp and Clarke (4 goals apiece) are dangers up front for the hosts. Visitors Reading ended a dismal run of five league matches without a win last Saturday when they registered a surprising 1-0 win away at Leeds United, but they face a tough trip up north at Sheffield United today. Stam’s side just can’t seem to be able to reach the heights (and consistency) of last season’s campaign, but The Royals will be hoping that last week’s win kick-starts their season now. However, an away record of  2-1-3  5/6 suggests they could be in for a tough afternoon at Bramall Lane today. Throw in just two wins from their last eight away matches, and you can see why Reading are priced as underdogs here, despite wins at Birmingham City and Leeds United. Sheffield United have been impressive at home so far this season, and I’ll back them to continue today. Pick: Sheffield United to win @ 2.05 Bet Victor
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Reading v Norwich Betting Tips: 1 AH+0.25, 2017-09-30

Championship Tips
READING v NORWICH CITY Saturday 30th September 2017 - Kickoff: 1730hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Following a run of disappointing results, Reading will be keen to set the record straight in the Championship’s evening kick-off against Norwich City when the teams meet at the Madejski Stadium. Reading find themselves in 18th place in the Championship after four matches without a win in recent weeks as they’ve fallen to defeats to Bristol City and Millwall, along with draws against Brentford and Hull City, both in 1-1 stalemates. The Royals are usually pretty solid on home turf though, and with just one defeat so far, which was a 1-0 loss to Bristol City, they’ll still be confident of getting a result here today. Indeed, the hosts have lost just once from their last 15 at home in the Championship to date. Visitors Norwich City occupy a mid-table position in the Championship ahead of their trip to Berkshire today, despite putting together a five match unbeaten run following back-to-back defeats to Aston Villa and Millwall earlier. Recent wins over Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough (the latter two results being achieved away from home), along with draws against Burton Albion and Bristol City, have lifted The Canaries in recent weeks. However, Norwich’s away form has always been sporadic, and they possess an inconsistent streak which is evident in their away record of  2-1-2  5/9, and they ended up on the losing side in their last visit to Reading, being beaten 3-1 on Boxing Day. This is the sort of match that Reading can get something from, and I advise going with the handicap on them here. Pick: Reading AH+0.25 @ 1.64 Bet Victor
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Reading v Bristol City Betting Tips: 1, 2017-09-09

Championship Tips
READING v BRISTOL CITY Saturday 9th September 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - Championship Betting Tips Reading will be in an upbeat mood when they return to their Madejski Stadium for this Saturday afternoon clash with Bristol City following their 2-0 win away at Birmingham City last time out. Reading currently occupy 11th place in the Championship after making a mixed start to the new campaign which has seen The Royals register wins over both of the west midlands clubs, Aston Villa (at home) and the aforementioned Birmingham City (away from home). However, the hosts have also fallen to defeats against QPR and Preston North End although both of these losses were incurred away from home. But back on home turf, Reading are still unbeaten having won six of their last seven overall, and indeed are unbeaten in their last 13 matches. Perhaps it’s no surprise that The Royals are a hard team to beat on home soil as manager Jaap Stam’s influence grows. Visitors Bristol City avoided relegation in reasonably comfortable fashion last season as they finished in 17th place, but this was largely thanks to Chelsea’s loan striker Tammy Abraham who bagged 23 goals in last term’s campaign for The Robins. Abraham has since moved to Premier League outfit Swansea City, so it now remains to be seen who can take up the goalscoring reigns at Ashton Gate, and although Bristol City also occupy a mid-table position ahead of this afternoon’s encounter, early signs suggest they are missing the goalscoring output of Abraham. After an opening day 3-1 home win over Barnsley, The Robins have lost at Birmingham City and then drawn their next three matches with Brentford, Millwall and Aston Villa, with perhaps the lack of cutting edge up front holding them back. But with just two away wins from their last 20 on the road for Bristol City, I have to give Reading the nod here. Pick: Reading to win @ 2.45 Bet Victor
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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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