Reading vs Watford Predictions and Match Preview

EFL Cup Second Round 2018

Reading vs Watford
England – League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading.

Watford are enjoying a dream kick off to the new Premier League campaign. They are one of only three teams with the maximum nine points after three opening rounds and they will enter the League Cup’s second round clash with the Championship outfit reading high on confidence aiming to keep the splendid form going at Madejski.

The story is opposite with the hosts who did, however, manage to win a point in each of last two games after suffering three initial defeats at the start of the season. Sam Baldock converted the late stoppage-time penalty-kick to bag an equalizer and held the Royals save a point against Aston Villa. Baldock featured the 2-0 victory over Birmingham City in the first round of the League Cup, but goals came from Yakou Meite and Jon Swift back then.

Reading vs Watford: Head-to-head

It’s been three years since these two sides have last locked horns and back then they were battling it out in the second tier of the English football.

Watford won both home and away fixtures in the 2014/15 season, but they still trail by a single win in the H2H record against the Royals.

The draw was the most common of three outcomes so far, happening on 10 occasions in 27 matches.

Reading vs Watford: Prediction

Reading lost both league ties at home (1-2 to Derby County and 0-1 to Bolton Wanderers) and they come into this as heavy underdogs. Nevertheless, we’ll be careful with the stakes in backing the away win knowing that Javi Gracia will likely make plenty of changes to the side which got off to a flying start to the new Premier League campaign.

The Spanish manager still has plenty of weapons capable of hurting the struggling Reading side in his ranks and we have to go for the away win bet at the 2.05 odds here. As Watford notched two or more goals in each of three league games so far, we’ll alternatively back the Hornets Over 1.5 Team Goals bet at 1.83.

Reading vs Watford: Bet Tips

Watford to win @ 2.05

Watford Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.83.