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Reading vs Birmingham Predictions

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  • The Madejski Stadium
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Both Teams To Score

8/11odds when tipped
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Draw 1-1

5/1odds when tipped
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Tip Reasoning

  • Reading kept a league-low two clean sheets at home (12%).
  • Reading scored six goals across their last four games.
  • Eight of Birmingham’s last nine games saw goals at both ends.
  • Lee Bowyer’s side on the day failed to keep a clean sheet in the last three H2Hs with Reading.

Ince by Ince, Reading’s survival struggles continue

Although Reading broke a 12-game winless run with a 3-2 win away to Preston last time out, manager Veljko Paunovic was shown the exit door. As it transpired, he was already informed that it was his last game prior to that win, so the players at least gave him a positive send off.

That opened the door for Paul Ince to return to management for the first time since 2014! While out of the game for a long time, Ince rarely got off to a good start in any of his prior roles, winning just one of his six prior opening games (W1, D1, L4) while four games saw both teams score.

Birmingham can give Reading the blues

Birmingham head into this clash following an exciting affair with Stoke which ended 2-2 despite both teams leading in stages. That match extended their run of games with over 2.5 total goals to eight games, suggesting this could be yet another exciting affair.

The visitors can almost put Reading within touching distance of the bottom-three with victory while essentially leaving the drop zone in their rear view mirror. As such, I predict that both teams will score in this game as two struggling sides seek consistency.

I can see both sides eventually cancelling each other out given what is at stake, so I suggest a 1-1 draw for smaller stakes in the correct score market.

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