Bet365 tips Saturday’s championship clash predictions between Reading and Millwall, including forecasts, preview and possible lineups.
Championship promotion candidates Reading will be eager to return to winning ways when they host Millwall on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals were defeated 3-1 to Brentford on Wednesday night, dropping to fifth place in the process, while the Lions are firmly in the middle of the table.
Lucas joaoThe penalty gave Reading a lead in the first half against their promotion rivals at the Madejski Stadium, but ended up losing to their first league defeat in 2021.
The defeat ended a three-game winning streak at home and a seven-game unbeaten run in the league.
After the game, Veljko Paunovic did not stop the Royals from entering the automatic promotion slots, but now they are seven points behind the first two. The club is safe in the playoff positions, however, with an eight point lead over Middlesbrough in seventh place.
Only Brentford (55) and Bournemouth (43) scored more goals than Reading (41) in the division, but Paunovic’s team also conceded the third highest number of goals in the top half (32).
Only Norwich City, Watford and Swansea City suffered less than Millwall’s tight defense, but it was the Lions’ offensive quality in their 4-1 win over Sheffield last weekend.
Attacks Kenneth Zohore, Scott Malone, Ben Thompson and Mahlon Romeo ensured the club’s biggest victory in the campaign so far and took him to 14th position.
The victory was only Gary RowettThe team is second in nine matches, but has also only lost twice in that round; this reflects the fact that Millwall had the most draws in the league this season (14), including the reverse clash against Reading in November, which ended 1-1. However, the Royals is the only side of the division that has yet to see an end-game level at home in 2020-21.
In fact, Millwall has been doing better away from home than in Den this season, and only six teams in the league have won more points away from home.
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Ryan Leonard was sent off with an ankle injury at the hour mark in Millwall’s victory on Wednesday and is now expected to be out for two months.
Another midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld is a doubt after also going out against the Owls, which means there may be starts for Thompson and a teenager Billy Mitchell, who has not played this season due to a tendon injury.
Jed Wallace missed out on last weekend’s game due to a tense tendon, but is expected to return to the Madejski stadium.
Yakou Meite and John Swift missed Reading’s defeat to Brentford due to recurring injuries and is also unlikely to be available on Saturday.
One change that Paunovic can make is to bring Tom Holmes back on the right side to Andy Yiadom as the Ghanaian international played 90 minutes on Wednesday night for the first time after a two-month injury.
Sone Aluko could go to the front line of Reading, but Paunovic’s options are limited due to the small team of the Royals and problems with injuries.
Possible initial lineup reading:
Rafael; Holmes, Morrison, McIntyre, Richards; Rinomhota, Laurent; Olise, Semedo, Ejaria; John
Possible initial Millwall lineup:
Bialkowski; Evans, Hutchinson, Cooper; Romeo, Woods, Thompson, Mitchell, Malone; Wallace, Zohore
Probability: Reading 1-0 Millwall
Reading didn’t play badly against Brentford, so he shouldn’t be too discouraged by the defeat; they will certainly be favorites against Millwall, but in no way will they dominate Lions, which are difficult to defeat.
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