Stoke City look to get rid of a sea of draws when they take on Reading at the Bet365 stadium this weekend. Nathan Jones has been unable to put together a promotion challenge at Stoke City and the focus has already shifted towards the next season with the team only 11 points above the relegation zone. Reading have a much serious issue when it comes to relegation with José Gomez keeping the club just above the bottom three since his appointment in December. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Stoke City became the draw specialists in the division after a goalless with Derby County at Pride Park in the midweek action. This was the 16th draw of the campaign for the Potters.
Reading lost a three-game unbeaten sequence in the Championship thanks to a 3-0 defeat by Leeds United at the Madejski Stadium. This, however, was the first blow since the 4-0 defeat against Sheffield United in the middle of February.
The reverse fixture between the two clubs produced a 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium. Stoke City were able to claim a 2-1 victory when they last had a match against Reading at the Bet365 Stadium, although both teams were in the Premier League in this 2013 meeting. Our betting tips and predictions expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.60[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke are unbeaten in six matches coming into the game but just one of those games have finished as a victory for the team. Nathan Jones and his men have been unable to look beyond stalemates and this is a major worry for the team. Reading Wilson is an opportunity to pick up a second consecutive away victory after beating Ipswich in the previous round. However, Reading have generally been mediocre when it comes to away matches with almost 50% of the games finishing as a draw or a defeat. Our preview would go with a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.60[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke City odds: 1.83
Reading win odds: 5.00
Correct Score odds
Reading have not been able to score a lot of goals on the road, but Stoke City have a much serious issue with the team only grabbing goals no one can even when playing at the Bet365 Stadium. The last six games for Stoke City have returned a miserly four goals. Reading are also not great when it comes to getting away goals. 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 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Even though the reverse fixture was an extremely entertaining 2-2 draw with over 3.5 goals, this match is expected to be a slow burner with a lot riding at stake for Reading, who could potentially slip into the bottom three by the end of this weekend. Our total goals prediction would opt for under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Benik Afobe is the top scorer from both teams this weekend after managing eight goals so far. Even though he has only managed one goal in his last 10 appearances, the recent performances from the forward has been slightly better. The poor defence of Reading should offer him chances to score and our first goalscorer prediction would back Benik Afobe.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Benik Afobe at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
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