Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Middlesbrough look to revive play-off hopes when they take on Reading at the Riverside Stadium this weekend. Tony Pulis has seen his team slip out of the top six once again to be replaced by Derby County. Both Derby and Bristol, who are seen as contenders for the sixth place, have a game in hand over Boro. Reading have almost confirmed safety after opening a six-point advantage over the bottom three with a substantially better goal difference. Follow all our predictions, free bets, and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough’s hopes of finishing in the top six have been hit by a 3-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. This defeat brings an end to a sequence of three consecutive wins that put Boro back in the top six.
Reading were able to get a valuable goalless draw against West Brom to almost touch safety in the Championship. This result makes Reading unbeaten in the last 4 Championship games.
Middlesbrough were able to come up with a 1-0 victory over Reading in the reverse fixture at the Madejski Stadium. George Friend scored the only goal of the game in this encounter, while a brace from Adama Traoré helped Middlesbrough get a 2-1 victory over Reading in the last meeting at the Riverside Stadium. Our betting tips and predictions would pick a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 4.00[/bet_tip_now]
Reading will be hoping to get that solitary point that will ensure that safety in the Championship without any worries. The Royals are aiming to go unbeaten in five consecutive games for the first time this season. After having been highly inconsistent for the second part of the campaign, Boro looked to have gained a play-off place at a crucial time before the Nottingham Forest defeat has thrown Tony Pulis’ team back to square one. They have not been great going forward. Our preview would pick a stalemate.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 4.00[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Reading draw odds: 4.00
Reading win odds: 6.00
Correct Score odds
Middlesbrough have been able to claim fourth consecutive wins over Reading, whose last victory over this opponent was back in 2015. Reading have scored only two goals in these last four matches, but both goals have been at the Riverside Stadium. Since Middlesbrough are among the lowest scorers in the division, our correct score prediction would go with a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
This match pits two teams that have a trouble when it comes to scoring goals. The home team has managed only five goals in the last six matches. Despite struggling with the threat of relegation, Reading have actually scored more goals than Middlesbrough in the last six games. Our total goals prediction would back under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.90[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga has been something of a specialist when it comes to scoring at the Riverside Stadium. The striker has 12 league goals this season, but he has not scored away since the middle of February. After scoring the winner in the last two games at the Riverside Stadium, Assombalonga will be a player to watch out for the opening goal, according to our first goalscorer prediction.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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