Reading vs Bournemouth
Date: Friday, 29 January 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading.
Play-offs hopefuls Reading and Bournemouth are ready to battle it out in an important six-pointer on Friday evening at Madejski Stadium. The teams sit right next to each other, just inside the top six spots in the Championship standings going into the tie.
The hosts will fancy their chances of maintaining the fine defensive form. They have kept back-to-back clean sheets against Coventry City (3-0) and Preston North End (0-0), claiming four points in the process.
The Cherries, who on paper have one of the deadliest attacking lines in the division, have been struggling with efficiency lately. They did not score at all in the last two defeats to Luton Town and Derby County.
Jason Tindall’s men dropped down to 6th place in the league ladder as a consequence. They will no doubts face hard times trying to break the stubborn reading defence down in the first game of the round.
Reading vs Bournemouth Head-to-head
- Bournemouth did not have any troubles in the attack in the reverse fixture with Reading in late-November last year.
- The Cherries bagged four goals in a six-goal thriller at Vitality Stadium on the occasion.
- In general, the Cherries lead the head to head tie by four wins going into the 18th meeting with the Royals.
- Three or more goals were scored in six of the last eight H2H affairs.
Reading vs Bournemouth Prediction
The Royals have been struggling defensively at the start of the season, but Veljko Paunovic seems to have found the winning formula to keep things tight at the back. Reading kept three clean sheets in the last four league outings.
They have a predator in the final third in the like of Lucas Joao who is the third top scorer in the entire league with 14 goals in 19 appearances. The Portuguese forward was on target in the team’s most recent home game against Coventry (a 3-0 win).
The Cherries won just one of the last five away outings in the league, netting just two goals in the process. They also had FA Cup duties on Tuesday (against Crawley) and fatigue may play a role in this tough away fixture at Madejski Stadium.
We will be brave enough and back the home win at the 2.80 odds, while you will hardly make a mistake going for the Under 2.5 goals FT pick at the 1.72 odds.
Reading vs Bournemouth Bet Tips
Reading to win @ 2.80
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72.