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Blackpool vs Reading Predictions

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  • Bloomfield Road
Blackpool
Reading

Both Teams To Score

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Draw 1-1

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John Swift To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have scored in the last six Blackpool league games.
  • Both teams have scored in four of the last five Reading Championship fixtures.
  • John Swift has scored three goals in his last five Royals appearances and has 11 in 32 this season.

Royals on the rebound

The Paul Ince era at Reading got off to a winning start on Wednesday and the new Royals manager now returns to the club where he made his biggest mark in management seeking victory over Blackpool.

After a dull first half, the Royals came alive in a five-minute spell in the second as in-form duo Lucas Joao and John Swift added to their impressive goal tallies. Ince is down to the bare bones at the moment, but his new charges found the resilience to cling on for a vital three points after Birmingham pulled one back to move eight points clear of the relegation zone.

They may have momentum after back-to-back victories, but Reading’s players were exhausted following the final whistle in midweek and may not be able to pull off a third win on the bounce. Blackpool have a good recent home record with four wins from their last six outings at Bloomfield Road.

Seasiders undone by late goals recently

The Seasiders’ last four matches could all have finished 1-1, two did while both Bournemouth and QPR found very late winners to clinch 2-1 successes. Therefore, we make both teams to score a solid play for this encounter.

Both teams have scored in the last six Blackpool league games and in four of the last five Reading Championship fixtures. There’s no doubt that the Royals recent upturn has been founded on the focus that striker Lucas Joao brings to their attacking play. The Portuguese hitman has scored five goals in seven games since his return from a long-lay off, but is probably still being outshone by the ultra-consistent John Swift in midfield.

Swift has been the architect of an incredible 24 goal contributions for a struggling side this season (11 goals, 13 assists) and is worth supporting as an anytime goalscorer off the back of his three strikes in Reading’s last five games.

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