West Bromwich Albion will seek to return to winning ways when they host Reading at the Hawthorns on Saturday. The Baggies relinquished their top position in midweek against Sheffield Wednesday but they are still just a point behind the automatic promotion positions. Reading, meanwhile, have lingered at the tailend of the standings since the season started and they are just two points ahead of the drop zone. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
West Brom saw a three-match winning streak cease on Wednesday night as they played out a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. The Baggies made a superb comeback in the final five minutes to share the spoils from 2-0 down.
Reading went without a victory for the second game on the bounce as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers. Toni Leistner netted the sole goal of the match just after the hour mark.
West Brom’s recent meeting against Reading was at the Madejski Stadium in 2016 where they suffered a 3-1 FA Cup defeat. The last encounter at the Hawthorns saw West Brom secure a 1-0 victory in 2012. Our betting tips and predictions expect a West Brom win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]West Bromwich Albion win at 1.60[/bet_tip_now]
Reading are given a price of 6.00 for a win but we are not anticipating this result. Reading have struggled to build a winning run since the season started and they will be up against a strong West Brom side, who are unbeaten in six matches. Moreover, the Baggies have picked up four straight league victories at the Hawthorns and we are backing them to continue this streak against Reading, who have picked up just two away wins in 2018. Our preview is to go for a West Brom win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]West Bromwich Albion win at 1.60[/bet_tip_now]
West Bromwich Albion vs Reading draw odds: 4.20
Reading win odds: 6.00
Correct Score odds
Barring the opening day defeat, West Brom have not dropped a point at home this campaign. On the contrary, Reading may have remained unbeaten on their travels this term but they have not picked up regular wins with just five points on the board. Both teams have had vulnerabilities in terms of the defensive display but West Brom should reign supreme with nearly twice the number of goals as Reading this term. Our correct score prediction expect a West Brom 3-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]West Bromwich Albion 3-1 win at 11.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
West Brom have been highly entertaining in their home turf and they have averaged more than three goals in their five matches at the stadium. More of the same can be expected this weekend with Reading’s previous two away trips witnessing at least four goals. Our total goals prediction is to go for over 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.65[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Jay Rodriguez has been West Brom’s top performer upfront and he has already amassed seven goals in the Championship. The former Southampton man has enjoyed playing against Reading with five goals resulting from five matches – each of which have ended in victories. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Rodriguez.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jay Rodriguez at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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