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Birmingham City v Reading Betting Tips: Blues to keep up good defensive record at St Andrews
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Birmingham City v Reading Betting Tips: Blues to keep up good defensive record at St Andrews

Like most other teams in the Championship, these two are aiming for the top six this season. However, in reality, they are both likely to face an uphill battle for those playoff spots. After recording a couple of back-to-back victories, Birmingham have stumbled in their last few matches with a draw and two losses in their last three in all competitions. Manager Harry Redknapp has been looking for both defenders and attackers in this transfer window and it is easy to see why as his side have kept just one clean sheet so far whilst they have also scored just…

Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: Goals expected at Madejski
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Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: Goals expected at Madejski

Considering their strength at home, as well as Reading’s considerable woes on the road this season, Fulham will be bitterly disappointed to have taken just a draw from the first leg, especially since they had to snatch a goal late on in order to prevent themselves from coming into this fixture a goal down. Many people, myself included, expected the London club to come out on top in that first leg, such has been their superiority on their own patch. With Reading no doubt taking plenty of confidence from their performance away from home, Fulham are now looking far less…

Championship Play-Offs Preview & Betting Tips: Owls can step up
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Championship Play-Offs Preview & Betting Tips: Owls can step up

The regular Championship season might be over, but for Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Huddersfield there is work left to do as they are all still in with a chance of promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. While the remainder of the division are off on their holidays this quartet are still scrapping to achieve their objectives, although, at this stage, only one of them can. Fulham  Given that they stormed into the play-offs with a fine late run of wins, it’s hardly surprising that Fulham have been priced up as favourites to join England’s elite division via…

Burton Albion v Reading Betting Tips: Brewers can sign off in good style
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Burton Albion v Reading Betting Tips: Brewers can sign off in good style

Neither of these sides have nothing to play for in this final game with Burton having survived in their maiden Championship season and Reading having secured their place in the play-offs. Burton have had a good final few games of the season with two wins and a draw in their last three matches, ensuring that they’re now four points clear of the drop-zone with just the one game to go. This match against Reading represents a chance for the team to give the fans a entertaining end to this successful season. The Brewers have based their survival mission on having…

Nottingham Forest v Reading Betting Tips: Fans should see a few goals at City Ground
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Nottingham Forest v Reading Betting Tips: Fans should see a few goals at City Ground

These two teams have vastly different aims at opposite ends of the Championship going into the final straight. Nottingham Forest are simply looking to survive whilst Reading hope to keep hold of their play-off spot. Forest have been on a desperate run in recent times with just one win in their last eight. The arrival of new manager Mark Warburton has done little to stop this plight and Forest now sit just one point above the drop-zone. The Reds do have one of the best goal-scoring records of all the teams in the relegation dogfight, however, they have misplaced their…

Reading v Rotherham Betting Tips: Royals to cement their play-off place
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Reading v Rotherham Betting Tips: Royals to cement their play-off place

These two Championship sides have different objectives going into the end of the season with Reading looking to retain their play-off place whilst already-relegated Rotherham are simply playing for pride. Reading have been on a very good run of late and have won four of their last five games. This means they are up in fourth place and six points ahead of seventh with four games to go. Jaap Stam has turned his side into one of the most attacking teams in the division since taking the hot seat last summer and their record of 59 goals scored is the…

Sheffield Wednesday v Reading Betting Tips: Goals on the cards at Hillsborough
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Sheffield Wednesday v Reading Betting Tips: Goals on the cards at Hillsborough

These two clubs currently occupy the last two spots in the Championship play-off places but will still be nervously looking over their shoulder at the likes of Fulham who’re looking to take their place – making this match between the two of them a huge six-pointer. Sheffield Wednesday have been on a bit of a bad run recently and have won just one of their last five matches, losing three of them. They are still inside the top six but only by one point. Much of the season for the Owls has been based on defensive solidity and their record…

Reading v Wolves Betting Tips: Royals a good bet to come out on top
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Reading v Wolves Betting Tips: Royals a good bet to come out on top

These two sides are looking at opposite ends of the Championship with Reading currently chasing promotion through the play-offs whilst Wolverhampton Wanderers are simply looking to survive. Despite losing their last two fixtures against promotion rivals Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion, Reading are still firmly in the play-off positions and are seven points ahead of 7th thanks to a cushion built up earlier in the season. Manager Jaap Stam has brought tika-taka to Berkshire since arriving in the summer and this attacking style has clearly worked as they are scoring goals and producing results – the ideal scenario.…

Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading Betting Tips: Hosts can gain back-to-back wins
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Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading Betting Tips: Hosts can gain back-to-back wins

These two teams are both going for promotion this season, Brighton & Hove Albion via the automatic promotion spots and Reading through the play-offs. After suffering a blip of two defeats on the bounce, Brighton are seemingly back on track with no defeats in their last four, keeping them within the automatic promotion spots. However, compared to earlier in the season where they were constantly winning matches, the fact they have failed to register back-to-back wins in their last six is slightly troubling. Defence has certainly been the Seagulls’ strong suit this season with just 26 goals conceded in 32…

Huddersfield v Reading Betting Tips: John Smith’s to witness a high-scoring encounter
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Huddersfield v Reading Betting Tips: John Smith’s to witness a high-scoring encounter

Huddersfield are doing absolutely spectacularly this season and managed to take Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City to a replay by drawing 0-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Championship top two of Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United look set to stay there but if any team are likely to threaten that, it is the Terriers. Saturday was an odd one for Huddersfield, not just because of the result, but because of the lack of goals. Both teams have scored in Huddersfield’s four games prior to that and there had been at least three match goals in each…

Ipswich v Reading Betting Tips: Royals to continue on the up
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Ipswich v Reading Betting Tips: Royals to continue on the up

This Championship match sees two teams heading in opposite directions take each other on as Ipswich play host to Reading at Portman Road. Ipswich are certainly on a slippery slope right now and are without a win in four matches in all competitions, losing three of those. It all started with that embarrassing FA Cup defeat against non-league Lincoln City and since then they’ve spiralled down to 17th in the league and just 10 points ahead of the drop-zone. With 51 points still to play for, safety is nowhere near guaranteed. Mick McCarthy is under increasing pressure from Ipswich fans…

Reading v Cardiff City Betting Tips: Home comforts to see Royals through
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Reading v Cardiff City Betting Tips: Home comforts to see Royals through

This Championship match sees two teams who were in the Premier League not so long ago go head to head as Reading play host to Cardiff City at The Madejski. After losing three matches on the bounce in all competitions, Reading got back to winning ways last time out with a victory over play-off hopefuls Fulham which boosted them up back up to fourth in the league and well inside those top six places. New manager Jaap Stam has certainly got his side playing attractive football and it is yielding results. With attractive football generally comes goals and Reading have…

Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: Goals expected at Madejski
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Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: Goals expected at Madejski

This rearranged Championship match is between two teams who are looking to gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-off places this season. After going on an incredible run which boosted them up to third in the league, Reading have now lost their last two Championship matches and last three in all competitions which means that they have dropped down to fifth in the table. A few years ago we saw Reading go on a barnstorming run in the second half of the season to secure promotion to the top flight, however, the way things are going, we could…

Derby v Reading Betting Tips: Another drab affair looks imminent at Pride Park
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Derby v Reading Betting Tips: Another drab affair looks imminent at Pride Park

As opposed to the other Championship match previewed ahead of this weekend’s action between Norwich and Wolves, this is likely to be a game with few goals and probably quite a drab affair. Derby are the closest challengers to 6th place Sheffield Wednesday but they remain a huge five points off the club who currently occupy the last play-off spot. Although they won their recent FA Cup Third Round match against Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, Derby have faltered in the Championship and have not won in their last three fixtures, losing their last two. The Rams certainly pride…

Reading v Q.P.R. Betting Tips: Visitors’ revival to come to an end at Madejski
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Reading v Q.P.R. Betting Tips: Visitors’ revival to come to an end at Madejski

Thursday’s Championship match sees promotion pushers Reading take on relegation strugglers Queens Park Rangers at The Madejski Stadium. Reading are currently on a fantastic run in the second tier with nine wins in their last 11 matches putting them an impressive third in the table. They may have been hammered 4-0 by Manchester United in their recent FA Cup tie but there is no danger that that will have knocked their confidence going into this match against Q.P.R. Jaap Stam has got his Reading side playing good football and they are an attack-minded side who score goals as proved by…

Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: Both teams set for attacking joy at Madjeski
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Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: Both teams set for attacking joy at Madjeski

Two teams looking towards the play-off places this season go head-to-head on Friday as Reading host Fulham at The Madejski Stadium. Reading are one of the Championship’s in-form sides right now having won eight of their last ten matches which sees them sit in a lofty 3rd place. Manager Jaap Stam, who arrived in the summer, has transformed the way Reading play and, although it took a while to sort, The Royals are now reaping the benefits. Even though they have changed their style to be more attacking, Reading’s goal tally is not that impressive with 33 goals so far…

Reading v Ipswich Town Betting Tips
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Reading v Ipswich Town Betting Tips

Friday evening’s Championship weekend opener sees two mid-table sides go head-to-head with both of them looking to break into the playoffs this season. Their last six fixtures have produced identical results but you would argue Ipswich are in the better form. Reading have been stuttering a bit recently and even their recent win against fellow playoff hopefuls Cardiff City was a bit of a lucky break. Manager Jaap Stam is still looking to sign a striker with the Royals lacking a real out-and-out goalscorer. Former Sunderland man Asamoah Gyan was close to a move to the Madjeski on transfer deadline day…

Reading v Plymouth Argyle Betting Tip
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Reading v Plymouth Argyle Betting Tip

These early rounds of the League Cup always provide a couple of shocks as teams in the higher divisions chop and change their line-ups in order to prioritise their league fixtures. This match at the Madjeski could be one of them. Although Reading did beat Preston North End 1-0 in their season opener I am not sure that result will be repeated again on Tuesday. Despite the fact that Jaap Stam is experienced in the world of football, this job at Reading is his first managerial role and I am not sure how bothered he will be about the League…

Ipswich – Reading. Mark O’Haire’s prediction
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Ipswich – Reading. Mark O’Haire’s prediction

Reading have tended to have the upper hand in recent skirmishes with Ipswich (W8-D0-L1) but their away days blues since September, picking up a paltry two points from a possible 27 on their travels, (W0-D2-L7) is off-putting this midweek. Nevertheless, I do believe the Berkshire boys can grab a goal. The Royals have fired in a league-high 5.14 shots-on-target in away fixtures this term and, although they’ve fired blanks in four of their last seven away days, Ipswich have recorded just two shutouts in 10 with each of their last seven visitors to Portman Road all managing to get on…

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