Stoke City vs Reading
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 16th March 2019
Kick-off at 15.00 UK/ 16.00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Reading is at the verge of drowning into the relegation zone, but they still have not rectified one of the most glaring weaknesses with which they have gone about this season. Their form in away ties. All this season, the team has registered just two wins on the road, and one of them was against Ipswich, the worst team in the Championship.
Stoke has been pulling in better defensive performance these last few match-days, and on top of that, they will be aided with their famed home ground. Many a top-performing side has had their egos shattered here, and with a struggling road team at the other end, fans will surely hope for the three points.
Stoke City vs Reading Head-to-head (h2h)
- Nine of the last eleven wins belong to the teams that hosted the tie.
- Since 2006, Stoke has been unbeaten against this opposition.
- Five of the last seven wins at this venue was recorded by Stoke.
- Reading failed to score in four of their last eight visits to the stadium.
Stoke City vs Reading Prediction
Stoke kept clean sheets in four of their last six games and conceded just two goals combined in these last six matches. Also, against the spirited Nottingham Forest, the last match-day, Stoke kept a clean sheet at this venue. In addition, consider that Reading failed to score in eight of their last twelve away ties. In fact, the team managed just five goals in their last 12 games on the road.
It should also be noted that the team has managed just two away wins this season, and one was against the dead-last Ipswich. In their last 25 ties away from home, they remained winless in 23.
These observations readily point to the conclusion that the hosts will in all probability keep a clean sheet.
Regarding scoring by Stoke, the area has not been that hot either. Their last nine matches returned just a total of four goals. Their last four home ties had just three goals scored by them. So, all in all, the chances for this tie to have three or more goals in total, is extremely slim.
Stoke City vs Reading Betting Tips
Stoke to Keep a Clean Sheet @ 2.00 (1/1)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.67 (2/3).