Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Reading have the opportunity to end their winless run when they face Stoke City at the Madejski Stadium this weekend. Paul Clement’s side have managed just the solitary point from the previous three matches and the streak sees them within goal difference off the drop zone. Stoke, meanwhile, have fared impressively with a six-match undefeated run and they are now within five points off the playoff positions. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Reading’s most recent league outing came against Leeds United in midweek where they suffered a 1-0 defeat. Stuart Dallas netted the winner for the Yorkshire outfit right at the hour mark of the clash.
Stoke, meanwhile, returned to winning ways after they secured a 2-1 home triumph over Derby County. They are now unbeaten for the past six league matches with two wins and four draws.
Reading’s last meeting against Stoke City was at the Bet365 Stadium five years ago where they suffered a 2-1 defeat. The previous encounter at the Madejski Stadium witnessed a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw. Our betting tips and predictions expect an away win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Stoke City win at 2.00[/bet_tip_now]
Reading are offered odds of 3.60 for a home triumph but they face a tough ask of doing so against an in-form Stoke team. The hosts have been in a good run of form with three wins from the previous five matches but they may struggle to pose the same dominance against Stoke, who have vastly improvement on the defensive front. Stoke have remained undefeated for the past six matches. Our preview is to go for a Stoke win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Stoke City win at 2.00[/bet_tip_now]
Reading win odds: 3.60
Reading vs Stoke City draw odds: 3.30
Correct Score odds
Reading have found form in their home patch of late and they have netted an average of two goals per game in the past five matches. Stoke have averaged just one goal in their previous five away trips but they have a better defensive record. The Potters have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches on the road and our correct score prediction fancies a 1-0 victory for them.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Stoke City 1-0 win at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Since the millennium, Reading and Stoke have faced each other on 10 occasions and seven of those matches have produced less than three goals. Another close encounter should be on the cards with Stoke, in particular, conceding just once in their previous four outings. Our total goals prediction is to go for less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.75[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Stoke have not possessed a standout striker in their ranks but we are fancying Saido Berahino to make the difference this weekend. The 25-year-old has failed to start in just one of the club’s previous six matches in the Championship and showed signs of returning to form last weekend where he found the scoresheet after a two-month wait. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Berahino.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Saido Berahino at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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