Reading will be aiming to stay clear of the drop zone when they entertain high-flying Preston North End at the Madejski Stadium this weekend. The Berkshire team have gone winless for two successive games and are within one point off the relegation places. Preston, meanwhile, have been one of the in-form teams since the turn of the year and they are separated from the top six by goal difference. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Reading went winless for the second successive game on the bounce after settling for a goalless stalemate against Stoke City on the road. Jose Gomes’ side have failed to score in both of those matches.
Preston have garnered three wins on the trot following a 1-0 win over Birmingham City before the international break. Alex Neil’s men have excelled especially on the road where they are currently in a run of six straight victories.
The teams previously contested each other at Deepdale in September where Reading picked up a 3-2 win. The last meeting at the Madejski Stadium in April 2018 finished 1-0 in Reading’s favour. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a Preston win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Preston North End win at 2.40[/bet_tip_now]
Reading may have the home advantage for this encounter but they are still expected to face a stiff test against one of the Championship in-form sides in 2019. Preston may have stumbled in their home patch with stalemates but they have excelled of late on the road with six wins on the bounce. Reading will have their chances to score against Preston but the latter should prevail with another away triumph. Our preview is to go with a seventh-straight away win for Preston.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Preston North End win at 2.40[/bet_tip_now]
Reading win odds: 3.10
Reading vs Preston North End draw odds: 3.20
Correct Score odds
Reading have netted five goals in the past five Championship and Preston have scored eight times in the same period. Preston have shown a tendency to concede at least once this season but this may not necessarily hamper their winning run, as they have recently excelled with the challenge of playing on the road. Our correct score prediction favours a Preston 3-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Preston North End 3-1 win at 17.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Reading have witnessed more than two goals in the past two home games and that trend should stay intact against Preston, who have played with an open mindset on their travels. The visitors have produced a minimum of three goals in four of the previous six away games – all of which they have ended on the winning side. Our total goals prediction is to go for more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 2.00[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Sean Maguire has recently shown signs of returning to form and he has netted thrice in the past seven appearances. One of those strikes came during the recent triumph over Birmingham where he netted the sole goal of the game. He has a good chance of finding the breakthrough this weekend, as he has scored with three of the previous four shots on target. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Maguire.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Sean Maguire at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
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