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Watford will be hosting visitors Reading at Vicarage Road Stadium in this Championship tie on Friday.
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Watford prepare for this match following on from a 1-1 Championship draw vs Middlesbrough.
In that game, Watford managed 65% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Watford was Ismaïla Sarr (32'). For their opponents, Middlesbrough had 3 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. Yannick Bolasie (78') scored for Middlesbrough.
Watford haven’t had any problems with scoring, finding the back of the net in one hundred percent of their last 6 games.
They have managed to rack up 12 during that period while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 3.
Coming into this fixture, Watford have not been beaten in their last 6 league matches at home.
Reading head into the clash after a 3-1 Championship win with the downing of Derby County in their last match.
In that game, Reading had 55% possession and 6 shots at goal with 5 on target. For Reading, the goals were scored by Michael Olise (45'), George Puşcaş (57') and Lucas João (84'). For their opponents, Derby County had 12 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Tom Lawrence (79') scored for Derby County.
Looking at their form, and Reading have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 6 goals in total. Defensively, The Royals just haven’t been too solid at all. Previous results aside, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend might be maintained in this upcoming game.
Going into this encounter, Reading are without a win away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
A review of their prior head to head clashes going back to 17/08/2013 tells us that Watford have won 3 of them & Reading 2, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
16 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 10 for The Hornets and 6 netted by The Royals. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The last league meeting between these sides was Championship match day 4 on 03/10/2020 when the final score was Reading 1-0 Watford.
In that game, Reading managed 44% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player to score was George Puşcaş (41').
On the other side, Watford had 11 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Gavin Ward.
Team News: Watford
Looking at personnel, there is just the lone fitness concern for the Watford gaffer Xisco Muñoz to be concerned with thanks to an otherwise robust group. Tom Dele-Bashiru (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) is out of contention.
Team News: Reading
Owing to an otherwise healthy group of players, there is just the lone fitness issue for the Reading boss Veljko Paunović to be concerned about. John Swift (Hamstring Injury) won’t be in action.
We feel that Reading should be able to find the net against this Watford outfit, but that possibly won’t be enough to avoid a loss.
We’re going for both teams to score in a 2-1 win for Watford when the full-time whistle blows. Expecting it to be very competitive.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Vicarage Road Stadium (22,200)
Captain: Troy Deeney
Chairman: Scott Duxbury
Manager: Xisco Muñoz
Competitions: Championship position 2
⭐ Star Player: Troy Deeney
Generally taking up the Striker position, Troy Deeney was born in Chelmsley, England. Having made a first senior appearance for Walsall in the 2006 - 2007 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 7 league goals in this Championship 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 18 appearances.