Reading look to move further away from the relegation zone when they take on promotion-chasing West Brom at the Madejski Stadium on Monday night. The Royals have been able to open up a sizeable five-point advantage over the bottom three and manager José Gomes will be eyeing an improvement on this advantage going into the last two games of the season. West Brom’s lead over Aston Villa remains at four points but a glimmer of hope about automatic promotion has come about for the Baggies, who are six points behind second-placed Sheffield United. Follow all our predictions, free bets, and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Reading were able to come up with a well-deserved 1-1 draw against Bristol City at the Aston Gate Stadium. The Royals may have relegation fear but the team has only lost once in the last six matches.
West Brom produced a strong comeback to beat Hull City 3-2 at the Hawthorns. After back-to-back away defeats, the Baggies have now picked up momentum with back-to-back wins.
The previous meeting between West Brom and Reading was a 4-1 success for the Midlands team. The last meeting between these two clubs at the Madejski Stadium was in the FA Cup back in 2016 when the Royals beat West Brom 3-1. Our betting tips and predictions would go with a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Reading have come up with some strong performances of late and they have a strong home record against West Brom, who have been winless in the last six trips to the Madejski Stadium. The Baggies have struggled in away matches since March with the narrow win over Brentford being the only exception. Reading are quite good at home with Leeds United being the only team to pick up three points on this ground in the last eight matches. Our preview would pick a stalemate.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Reading win odds: 3.60
West Brom win odds: 2.00
Correct Score odds
West Brom have struggled defensively in recent away matches, as the opposition scoring 11 goals past the Baggies in the last five away games. Meanwhile, Reading may be among the lowest scorers in the division, but they have failed to score only twice in the last nine matches at the Madejski Stadium. The form of players like Meïté is also quite good. Our correct score prediction would pick a 2-2 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]2-2 draw at 12.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
There has been a flurry of goals in recent games between these two teams. Reading do not possess a great defence and it is apparent from the way the team has conceded 64 goals. Strangely, West Brom are not far behind with 58 goals – the most amongst top six teams this season. Our total goals prediction would go with over 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Yakou Meite has been in excellent form over the last few weeks. The striker has come up with five goals in as many appearances to take his season’s tally to 12 goals. Even though this is far behind the likes of Dwight Gayle, the movement and the form shown by the 23-year-old has been exceptional. Yakou Meite has also come up with the opening goal for Reading in the last three games. Our first goalscorer prediction would pick Yakou Meite.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Yakou Meite at 8.00[/bet_tip_now]
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