Barnsley vs Reading Betting Tips & Predictions

Both Barnsley and Reading will look to consolidate or perhaps even improve on their position in the Championship. The pair go toe-to-toe in what is currently a mid-table clash in the Championship. Barnsley lies 5th in the table on 64 points from 38 games. 2 points behind following the first 38 matches. Reading finds themselves in 6th place.

Barnsley are aiming to extend the lead on Reading in the Championship, when the pair go head-to-head on Friday.

Stats and facts for Barnsley and Reading.

  • teamlogoBarnsley scored in the last 11 of 13 matches;
  • teamlogoTotal goals was OVER 2.5 in Barnsley’s last 5 of 7 matches;
  • teamlogoBarnsley conceded in the last 5 of 7 matches;
  • teamlogoBoth teams scored in Barnsley’s last 5 of 7 matches.
  • teamlogoReading did not win the last 3 matches in a row;
  • teamlogoTotal goals was UNDER 3.5 in Reading’s last 7 of 9 matches;
  • teamlogoReading scored in the last 9 of 11 matches.


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Form Barnsley vs Reading

The form of both teams is one of the biggest things to consider before placing a bet on the upcoming game.

Barnsley continue to collect points.

Barnsley were halted in their steps last week with a defeat in the league, though form has otherwise been good lately. In their previous 3 matches Barnsley won 3-2 against Bournemouth and went on to a 3-1 win against Wycombe. Their latest match served up a 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

Reading keep target in sight.

The mood around Reading is pretty low right since a win has proven hard to come by in recent weeks. In their last 3 matches Reading ended with a 1-1 draw against Nottingham F., followed by a 2-1 defeat against Birmingham. Their most recent match brought a 1-1 draw with Queens P.R..

Being both the bookmakers favorite at odds 2.20 and with stronger performances lately than Reading has put on show, Barnsley seem the natural pick.

Barnsley v Reading Fixture History

The fixture history of the two teams delivers good insights that are worth considering before placing a bet on the upcoming game.

Don’t expect goals

Betting on Reading winning to nil in their latest meetings with Barnsley would have been a sound choice. They ended up winning 2-0 in September 2020 and 2-0 in February 2020 respectively. Recent meetings have had a tendency to be rather shy on goals as 6 of the previous 10 matches paid out on under 2.5 goals. Reading have been slightly more succesful than Barnsley in recent meetings in the Championship. With a 5-4-1 advantage going into this match, betting on Reading has often proved the profitable way to go.

Current standings

Barnsley lie 5th in the table on 64 points after 38 games. 2 points behind after 38 matches Reading find themselves in 6th place.

Full Time Betting

Following odds are available for this match with the bookmakers: Barnsley to win pays out at 2.20, the best prize for a draw is 3.30, while an away win for Reading returns you odds 3.30. Barnsley won 6 of their last 10 home league games whereas Reading lost 3 of their last 10 away league games.


Looking at the prices on offer by the bookmakers, the chance of this match seeing both teams to score (BTTS) lies at 52%. This equals odds 1.91 if you wish to place a bet on BTTS. Speculating in the opposite outcome that at least one side keeps a clean sheet pays out at 1.80. The last 10 home league games for Barnsley averaged 2.4 goals per game with BTTS paying out 6 of these last 10 matches. In the previous 10 away league games for Reading the average total goals were 1.6 with 4 of these 10 matches seeing BTTS.

Over/Under Betting

According to the bookmakers the chance of this match having over 2.5 goals is just 44%. Should you fancy a punt, there are odds around 2.25 available if you bet OVER 2.5 goals. Going the opposite direction and betting on under 2.5 goals pays out at odds 1.57. Barnsley’s last 10 home league matches saw an average of 2.4 goals a game. 4 of Barnsley’s last 10 home matches had over 2.5 goals. Reading’s last 10 away league games averaged 1.6 goals per game. 2 of the last 10 away matches for Reading went over 2.5 goals.

First Goal Scorer


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