Reading vs Stoke City Prediction & Match Preview

Reading vs Stoke
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 20 June 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Madejski Stadium.

The Royals have had a great h2h record at this venue for the past three decades. To quote a stat, since 1994, the Royals have lost just once against this opponent, and only twice have they failed to score goals in such fixtures.

Meanwhile, the Potters are placed just three points above the relegation cut-off, and one of the predominant reasons for this would be how they have fared on the road over the course of the season.

As such, expect Reading to avoid a loss at the very least this Saturday. However, note that the Potters are desperate, and that the defense of the Royals have been in disarray. Likely, count on goals coming from both teams this weekend.

Reading vs Stoke: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The Royals recorded four of the past five wins.
  • Five of the preceding seven match-ups had goals from both teams.
  • Four of the previous seven encounters had three or more goals.
  • The last the Potters recorded a win at this stadium was back in 1998, and that has been their only win here to date.
  • Only twice have the visitors kept clean sheets at this ground since 1994.

Reading vs Stoke: Prediction

The Royals recorded a 1-3 win on the road the last match-day, against Birmingham. The hosts had the upper hand as they scored an early goal, and even kept the lead for a long time.

However, come the second half, the visitors scored three goals in a row, with the third and final goal coming just three minutes from final whistle.

In the meantime, the Potters recorded a 5-1 win at home the past match-day, against Hull. It seemed as if the hosts were desperate for a win. They raced to a 3-0 lead even before the 20th minute.

Later, they added two more goals after the half-time break, in return for a single goal, thus completing the humiliation of the guests.

At present, the Royals have the higher chances of delivering the better performance. They have lost just once at this venue against this opponent in the last three decades, and in the process have scored goals in all such match-ups but two.

On top of that, the Potters were winless in nine of their preceding eleven encounters, and have a total of just five wins away from home this whole season. Likely, expect Reading to secure at least a point this weekend.

However, the Potters had scored five goals in their latest league game alone, and are determined to stay safe from the approaching relegation line.

And to pile on, the Royals have had a single clean sheet at home in the past six months, and that too against the worst team in the competition. Consequentially, count on goals to come from both teams this Saturday.

Reading vs Stoke: Betting Tips

  • Double Chance: Reading or Draw @ 1.50 (1/2)
  • Both Teams to Score @ 1.80 (4/5).

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