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The Championship clash at Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday sees home side Reading lock horns with opponents Nottingham Forest.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Reading v Nottingham Forest can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Reading, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 1-2 Championship triumph versus Birmingham City.
In that match, Reading managed 63% possession and 14 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Reading was Jahmari Clarke (70', 82'). Birmingham City had 17 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Scott Hogan (3') was the scorer for Birmingham City.
It has not been often in recent times that Reading have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Reading have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 9 goals in the process. That kind of pattern won’t necessarily be sustained into this match, though.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Reading:
- haven't lost in the league to Nottingham Forest in their last 5 games.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Nottingham Forest will go into this clash following on from a 3-0 Championship win against Preston North End in their previous match.
In that match, Nottingham Forest had 39% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. For Nottingham Forest, the scorers were Lewis Grabban (32', 70') and Jack Colback (41'). For their opponents, Preston North End had 4 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
The stats don’t lie, and Nottingham Forest have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 8 goals in total. Defensively, Nottingham Forest can certainly do much better.
Their previous form shows that Nottingham Forest:
- have not won against Reading when they have played them away from home in the previous 6 league matches. Not good.
- are unbeaten in their previous 6 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head to head meetings going back to 11/08/2018 tells us that Reading have won 2 of these & Nottingham Forest 1, with the number of drawn games being 3.
An aggregate of 11 goals were produced between them in this period, with 7 for The Royals and 4 coming from The Reds. That’s an average goals per game of 1.83.
The last league meeting featuring these clubs was Championship match day 36 on 13/03/2021 and the score finished Nottingham Forest 1-1 Reading.
That day, Nottingham Forest had 41% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 4 on target.
Reading got 23 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Tom Holmes (49' Own goal) and Yakou Meïté (81') scored.
The referee was Stephen Martin.
Team News: Reading
The Reading boss Veljko Paunović has no fitness worries to speak of coming into this match owing to a fully injury-free squad available to select from.
Team News: Nottingham Forest
Thanks to a fully healthy group ready to go, the Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has no fitness worries whatsoever before this match.
We think that Reading will do well to put one past this Nottingham Forest outfit who will likely score at least once to put them ahead.
Therefore, we predict a narrow 0-1 advantage for Nottingham Forest at the end of the 90.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Select Car Leasing Stadium (24,161)
Captain: Liam Moore
Chairman: Dai Yongge and Dai Xiuli
Manager: Veljko Paunović
Competitions: Championship position 16
⭐ Key Man: John Swift
Usually taking to the field in the Centre Midfield position, John Swift was born in Portsmouth, England. After having played his first senior match for Chelsea in the 2013 - 2014 season, the talented Midfielder has netted 8 league goals in this Championship 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in 17 appearances.