Reading vs Barnsley Prediction & Match Preview

Reading vs Barnsley
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Madejski Stadium (Reading).

Despite the apparent league position of the teams, current form dictates that Barnsley will be the team to be backed for a strong performance this Saturday.

Reading vs Barnsley Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The reverse fixture had ended in a 1-1 draw, for which Reading were on the road.
  • Five of the prior seven games had goals from both teams.
  • Seven of the last nine wins had gone to Reading.
  • Barnsley scored twice or more in two of the preceding four meetings at this venue.
  • Since 2010, only once have the hosts won at this stadium.

Reading vs Barnsley Match Preview

Reading lost 0-3 at home the last match-day, against Wigan. It was a pretty painful loss for the former. 

First of all, they were at home. Secondly, the team could not even score a goal, and finally, the defeat had come against a team in the relegation zone. 

For sure, the loss will have affected their confidence, and the only positive news they have at present is that, Reading are not in immediate danger, as they have a five-point cushion over the relegation cut-off.

Elsewhere, Barnsley recorded a 0-1 win on the road against Hull the prior game week. It was their third win in a row, and the third clean sheet consecutively as well. 

The fact that the team has postively responded to the danger they are in (the team is placed in the relegation zone), is a welcome news to their fans. Eleven more match-days remain till the end of the season, and Barnsley need a surplus of three points to get out of the mix.

It might happen next week itself, considering that Wigan, the team placed just above them on the table, are taking a road trip to meet the current toppers of the table, West Brom, who are also the potential champions.

Reading vs Barnsley Prediction

Reading are going through a dismal run at the moment, and they had lost at home 0-3 against another relegation-battler the last match-day. They were also winless in ten of the previous eleven games, and are on a run of seven matches without a victory at home.

On the other hand, Barnsley have a constant motivator, that’s the fact they are in the relegation zone, and just 11 more games remain till the campaign comes to a close. As of now, they are on a three-match winning run, and have not conceded a single goal in the process.

On the road, they are on a two-game winning streak, and recorded a combined scoreline of 0-4. Moreover, consider this scenario – Barnsley have 34 points on the board, while the team above them, Wigan, have 37 points. Middlesbrough, who are just on top of these two teams have 37 points as well.

Understand that Wigan are the top-most team in the relegation zone, while Middlesbrough are above the cut-off. However, both these teams are taking on two of the best teams in the competition this game-week. Wigan against toppers West Brom, and Middlesbrough against the fourth-placed Nottingham Forest.

As a result, a loss looks likely for both these squads, and Barnsley could make a giant leap in avoiding relegation, with a win this Saturday. Consequentially, count on the in-form Barnsley to deliver a monstrous performance against the struggling Reading.

Reading vs Barnsley Betting Tips

  • Double Chance: Barnsley or Draw @ 1.67 (2/3)
  • Barnsley to Win Either Half @ 2.00 (1/1).

     

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