Reading vs Barnsley
Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020
Kick-Off at 15.00 UK
Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading.
Reading’s fans got their hopes up after the arrival of Serbian coach Veljko Paunovic and after winning the first Championship match of the season last week. Now, they are playing at home venue for the first time competitively in campaign 2020 and opponent on other side of the pitch will be Barnsley.
Both teams have ended the previous edition in this league in lower part of table, with quite modest expectations for upcoming months.
Anything above the relegation zone will probably work for them, especially Barnsley who are underdogs at Madejski, priced at 3.10 to win the match. Rate on the home team is currently at 2.30.
Reading vs Barnsley Head-to-head
Last season’s head to head matches were quite different. Reading easily defeated the opposition at this stadium 2-0 in February, while the other fixture at Barnsley’s ground ended without a winner 1-1 FT.
These two teams have met 23 times in history so far, and Reading have tangible 11-6 lead in terms of victories. Interestingly, they achieved more wins when playing on the road – only four at Madejski.
The average number of goals scored at this stadium in previous matches is 2.05 per duel.
Reading vs Barnsley Prediction
It is not a big secret that coach Paunovic prefers a bit safer formations and games with low number of goals. He became world champion coaching Serbian U18 team a few years ago in New Zealand.
Beating Derby County at Pride Park is a great result indeed, but ability to keep up in such high rhythm is questionable for Reading. Both of the goals were scored in the first half by Lucas Joao and Oviemuno Ejaria.
During the mid-week Reading got defeated at home by Luton Town in League Cup match, but that surely won’t affect their confidence.
Barnsley are going to have rough time avoiding relegation this season in our opinion. This squad traditionally plays bad on the road, having lost 14 out of 23 games last season. If you prefer safer options, back hosts to win draw no bet. Otherwise just go with Reading to win.
Reading vs Barnsley Bet Tips
Reading to win draw no bet @ 1.66
Reading to win @ 2.30.