Reading vs Middlesbrough
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 22nd December 2018
Kick-off at 15.00 UK/ 16.00 CET
Venue: Madejski Stadium (Reading).
Reading hosts Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium, this Saturday. The match completes the 23rd round fixtures for both the teams in the English Championship.
Middlesbrough occupies the sixth spot in the table and has 36 points against their name on the board. Their record reads nine wins, nine draws, and four losses. The team managed to score 24 goals and conceded 16 in return. The team won one of their last five matches, drew two and lost the remaining two. The players scored five goals in this time period and let eight past their defense.
Reading is the 21st team in league standings. They have secured 19 points from their 22 matches so far. The team won four matches, drew seven and lost the remaining 11. They scored 27 goals in the process and conceded 35. They are winless in their last five matches in the league. The team drew three and lost two games. They scored three goals and conceded six in these games.
Middlesbrough lost against Burton, at home, in their last fixture. Hesketh scored the lone goal and the winner of the match in the 48th minute. Reading drew against Rotherham, on the road, last weekend. The final score was 1-1.
Reading vs Middlesbrough Head-to-head (h2h)
- Middlesbrough won the last h2h match against Reading.
- The last three h2h wins belong to Middlesbrough.
- Middlesbrough is unbeaten against Reading since 2016.
- Reading has two wins from their last 13 matches.
- Middlesbrough was unbeaten in 15 of their last 28 games.
- Reading was winless in 13 of their last 17 home-ties.
- Middlesbrough has lost one of their last 8 away matches.
Reading vs Middlesbrough Prediction
Games between these teams have always been low goal-scoring affairs. Seven of the last ten overall h2h matches had under 2.5 match goals. The stat is even more prominent in h2h meetings at this venue. Since 2011, no match has seen over 2.5 match goals, and no match had both the teams on the scoresheet.
Both these teams have managed to score a total of just 51 goals from their combined 44 games in the league so far. The last ten combined matches of Reading and Middlesbrough had only eight goals between them. An average of less than 1 goal per match.
It is highly likely that Middlesbrough will keep a clean sheet in the game. It will be hard for them to overcome the home advantage of Reading, and even if they do, the winning margin will be minimal.
Reading vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.67 (2/3)
Both Teams to Score: NO @ 1.70 (7/10).