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Reading vs Stoke City Predictions

England Championship | The Madejski Stadium | 20th June
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Reading vs Stoke City predictions in our match preview for this Championship clash. Can Stoke claim an away win? Read on for our free Championship predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Stoke City Draw No Bet @ 4/5

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Stoke City 1-0 @ 13/2

Reason For Reading vs Stoke City Predictions

  • Stoke have the second-best form in 2020 across the division.
  • Reading have the third-worst home record in the Championship this season.
  • Reading have failed to win 5 of 7 clashes at home to sides below them.

O’Neill Turnaround?

Stoke have had a dire time in the Championship since slipping out of the Premier League. The Potters had even slipped into the drop zone in the second tier at one point this season, with serious concerns about a drop into League One.

However, the restart brings hope for the visitors. Michael O’Neill had to come in to rescue Stoke from their fears of the drop. So far, the Northern Irish manager is delivering. With a three-month break acting as his preseason, could Stoke turn things around?

Inconsistent Royals

Reading have been up and down under Mark Bowen this season, which has kept them clear of the drop zone for much of the campaign. However, they do have a dire record against sides at home, something which isn’t likely to get better without supporters. They’ve faced sides below them in the table here on seven occasions, failing to win five and only beating the cut-adrift bottom two.

Reading have picked up just 23 points at the Madejski Stadium this season, only Barnsley (22) and Hull (21) have won fewer on home soil. That points to weaknesses for Reading here, especially given their record in winnable games. The Royals have met seven of the sides currently behind them in the league, but they’ve won just two of those matches.

Stoke’s Stellar Start

The job O’Neill has done with the Potters is evident in his record this year. Only Fulham (22) have won more points in the Championship in 2020 than Stoke City (21). Now they look like the top six side which was predicted by many early in the campaign. Stoke’s quality is undoubted, while O’Neill is the kind of manager who can organise them.

We expect the Potters to finish on a high, with this clash a huge opportunity to pull away from the drop. O’Neill is expected back on the touchline after testing positive for Covid-19 and we think he’ll return with a victory. Our first prediction here is Stoke Draw No Bet. With 67% of Reading’s league defeats coming by a single goal, a 1-0 away win is our correct score prediction.

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