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Reading vs Middlesbrough Predictions

England Championship | The Madejski Stadium | 14th July
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Reading vs Middlesbrough predictions ahead of this clash in the Championship on Tuesday evening. Will Neil Warnock’s Boro ease their relegation fears with victory at Reading? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Middlesbrough Draw No Bet @ 4/7

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Middlesbrough 2-0 @ 9/1

Reason For Reading vs Middlesbrough Predictions

  • Reading boast the third-worst home form in the Championship with 25 points collected from their 21 games
  • Middlesbrough have won three of their last four away league matches, keeping clean sheets in each victory
  • One or both teams have failed to score in Reading’s last four Championship clashes

Reading’s roll unlikely to continue

Seven points and a clean sheet from each of their last three games shows Reading are not faltering as the season comes to a close but they may be vulnerable to a Middlesbrough side with work still to do in their battle with relegation.

Reading have responded well to defeats against Derby and Brentford, recording wins to nil over Luton and Charlton and earning a goalless draw at home to Huddersfield, but they haven’t done enough in those games to suggest they are a cut above Boro.

The Royals had just 38 per cent possession and lost the shot count 11-7 in the goalless draw with relegation-threatened Huddersfield, while they were 1-0 winners at 20th-placed Charlton thanks to a third-minute penalty from George Puscas. Readinghad only 38 per cent possession at The Valley and had lost the shot stats 15-4.

With that in mind and a mid-table finish the best they can hope for, Reading’s motivation may be on the wane and Boro could claim the three points they crave.

Reading boast the third-worst home form in the division with only 25 points collected from their 21 league games at the Madejski Stadium.

Back Boro to ease their relegation fears

Middlesbrough have had a mixed start to life under Neil Warnock, winning two and losing three of their five games, but they should be backed to ease their relegation fears with victory at Reading.

Both of Boro’s wins under Warnock have come on the road – 2-0 wins at Stoke and Millwall – and they could be rewarded on their long trip to Reading, who they beat 1-0 in the reverse fixture at the Riverside.

Boro look a far more reliable outfit since reverting formation to a 4-4-2 system, with Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher forming an excellent partnership in attack. Assombalonga has three goals in five games since Warnock’s arrival, while Fletcher has chipped in with two of his own in that time.

Despite losing 3-1 at home to Bristol City on Saturday, Boro had 14 shots to the visitors’ 12 and they created the clearer goalscoring chances.

With wins to nil in three of their last four away league games, Boro are evidently not affected by playing on their travels behind closed doors and they look good value to claim the spoils.

Goals should be in short supply

One or both teams have failed to score in Reading’s last four Championship clashes and we predict this to follow suit.

Given ten of Middlesbrough’s 11 Championship wins this season have been recorded with clean sheets, there’s every reason to expect another determined defensive display and this could be cagey.

Boro are the league’s lowest scorers with only 43 goals scored in as many matches and our prediction is for them to win a low-scoring encounter, with 2-0 scoreline preferred. They have won both of their matches under Warnock by that scoreline.

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