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Middlesbrough will be at Madejski Stadium on Saturday for the Championship game with home team Reading.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Reading v Middlesbrough are shown on this page (including the best match odds).
Reading, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following a 0-2 Championship triumph vs Bristol City.
In that match, Reading managed 57% possession and 14 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. For Reading, the goals were scored by Lucas João (42') and Michael Morrison (45'). Bristol City got 5 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
Veljko Paunović's Reading have celebrated scoring a sum total of 7 times over their prior 6 outings. At the other end, the tally of goals that have been scored against them in that time stands at 6.
Their prior results show that Reading:
- have left without a victory over Middlesbrough in their previous 8 matches in the league.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Middlesbrough will come into the match following on from a 2-1 Championship win with the downing of Huddersfield Town in their most recent outing.
In that match, Middlesbrough managed 43% possession and 11 shots on goal with 5 on target. For Middlesbrough, the goals were scored by Duncan Watmore (31') and Ashley Fletcher (45'). For their opponents, Huddersfield Town had 16 shots at goal with 5 on target. Isaac Mbenza (9') was the scorer for Huddersfield Town.
The stats don’t lie, and Middlesbrough have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 11 goals in all. In defence, The Boro have seen their frailties exposed. It will be interesting to find out if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
A look at their previous results shows us that Middlesbrough:
- haven't been beaten by Reading when they've played them away from home in the last 3 matches in the league.
- have not won away from home in their last 2 league games.
Head to head
An inspection of their past head to head meetings going back to 10/02/2018 tells us that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for Reading. They’ve not managed to come away with any victories whatsoever whereas Middlesbrough have been dominant against them, winning in 83 per cent of those matches played.
A sum of 11 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 3 of them from The Royals and 8 being from The Boro. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.83.
The last league match between these sides was Championship match day 5 on 17/10/2020 when the final score was Middlesbrough 0-0 Reading.
That time, Middlesbrough managed 36% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 0 on target.
On the other side, Reading had 10 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target.
The referee was Darren Bond.
Team News: Reading
Regarding absentees, there’s just one fitness concern for the Reading manager Veljko Paunović to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed group. George Pușcaș (Surgery) is sidelined.
Team News: Middlesbrough
Thanks to a fully injury-free group available to choose from, Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock does not have any fitness worries to report before this game. Paddy McNair is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We feel that Middlesbrough and Reading could well end up finding themselves level here, with both teams capable of netting.
It’s looking like it could well end up as a draw. That’s why we have predicted a tight encounter, finishing with a 1-1 draw at the end of the 90 minutes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Madejski Stadium (24,161)
Captain: Liam Moore
Chairman: Dai Yongge and Dai Xiuli
Manager: Veljko Paunović
Competitions: Championship position 5
🔑 Star Man: Lucas João
Generally taking up the Striker position, Lucas João was born in Angola. After having played his first senior match for Nacional in the 2013 - 2014 season, the goalscoring Forward has bagged 16 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 23 appearances.