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Prediction: Reading vs Middlesbrough – preview and betting tips

Bet365 tips Saturday’s league clash predictions between Reading and Middlesbrough, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.

Reading will seek to consolidate their place in the Championship qualifiers when they host Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Royals are currently in fifth place, eight points ahead of Boro, who is behind the top six in eighth.

Match analysis

Reading got their first win in four games on Tuesday night with goals just before the break Lucas joao and Michael Morrison secured a 2-0 victory over Bristol City.

Although the Berkshire team still has little hope of automatic promotion, as they are currently six points behind the top two, a win over Middlesbrough would put them in an incredibly strong position to qualify for the playoffs – especially with games against Wycombe Wanderers and Rotherham United Arriving.

The Royals have been defeated in their last two home games against Brentford and Millwall, but have not lost three consecutive games at the Madejski Stadium since October 2019. They are the only league team that has not drawn at home this season.

Only Brentford (56) scored more times in the division this season than Reading (44), but Veljko PaunovicThe team suffered the most goals in the second half (34).

Duncan Watmore celebrates Middlesbrough's goal against Huddersfield Town in the league on February 16, 2021

Middlesbrough could have been much closer to Reading in the table had it not been for their recent poor form, with the 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday being their first win in six games.

Neil Warnockmen had to come from behind against Terriers, as Duncan Watmore and Ashley Fletcher entered the docket, but Paddy McNair he was kicked out late.

Warnock hopes the result will put Boro’s playoff offer back on track, but they are still six points behind the top six with an important game against seventh-placed Cardiff City next weekend.

Middlesbrough have won just four of their 15 away games this season, and all those wins have come against teams in the last half.

The 0-0 draw between Boro and Reading earlier this season interrupted a series of seven consecutive Royals defeats against the Teeside team.

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All news from the teams

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic photographed in December 2020

Josh Laurent he is expected to return to Reading’s starting lineup after he rested against Bristol City, with Veljko Paunovic admitting that the midfielder “took a few hits”.

Royalty captain Liam Moore is fit again and was named on the bench on Tuesday night, but will not be able to go back to the side Tom McIntyre has played well as a central defender during his absence.

Neil Warnock went with a three-man defense against Huddersfield for the first time since December and he could maintain the same system on Saturday.

Paddy McNair’s red card on Wednesday was reversed and he is available for selection at the Madejski Stadium.

Defender player Dael Fry is in contention to return after losing the last three games due to injury, while Yannick Bolasie and Marcus Tavernier are getting closer to being adjusted.

Possible initial lineup reading:
Rafael; Yiadom, Morrison, McIntyre, Richards; Laurent, Semedo; Olise, Rinomhota, Ejaria; John

Possible initial lineup of the medium:
Bettinelli; Dijksteel, Fry, McNair; Fisher, Morsy, Howson, Bola; Kebano; Watmore, Fletcher

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Probability: Reading 2-1 Middlesbrough

This is a key game for both teams’ hopes for the rest of the season, so it can be a tight and cautious game in Berkshire. The victories on Tuesday will give confidence to the two teams after the recent crashes, but we think it will be Reading who will take the three points.

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