Middlesbrough vs Reading Prediction, Stats & Tips

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Middlesbrough vs Reading Prediction

For our Middlesbrough vs Reading, we’re opting for a 4-0 victory for Chris Wilder’s men.

Riverside Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Middlesbrough and Reading, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the remainder of the season.

Middlesbrough’s 3-2 win away to Mansfield Town last weekend, in which John-Joe O’Toole scored a last minute own goal to give Chris Wilder’s side a victory, came after their five wins in six matches to finish 2021. Boro have been extremely impressive and controlling under Wilder and they will be pushing for the top six.

They now come up against a Reading side that have continued their poor 2021 into 2022. They conceded twice late on to draw 2-2 with bottom-of-the-table Derby at the start of the year before being defeated by National League North side Kidderminster Harriers last weekend in the cup. The home team will be expected to win this one relatively comfortably.

Middlesbrough aim to extend their winning run to four games, and a win over Reading should see them climb to the playoffs berth. Slovenia international Andraz Sporar is widely expected to return to the starting XI after he was rested in the FA Cup win over Mansfield Town.

The Royals, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 7-0 loss to Fulham. Considering that Reading are low on spirits ahead of the trip to Middlesbrough, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Reading centre-back Scott Dann, who suffered an injury in the loss to Cottagers, is unlikely to feature against Boro.

Reading have just been walloped 7-0 on their own patch by what had been an out of form Fulham side but even before then it hadn't been good; they're winless in five and have lost three.

For our Middlesbrough vs Reading prediction, we’re opting for Andraz Sporar to score.

Middlesbrough vs Reading Betting Tips

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ANDRAZ SPORAR TO SCORE @ 6/4

Middlesbrough Team News

Wilder is expected to call upon much of the team which started the 2-1 victory at Blackpool on December 29. However, Duncan Watmore is pushing for a recall over Onel Hernandez after scoring at Bloomfield Road, while Jonny Howson will hope to come back into the centre of midfield.

New signings Aaron Connolly and Balogun are likely to be named on the substitutes' bench at best.

Reading Team News

With Scott Dann suffering a calf injury, Paunovic must decide how to reshuffle his team with his decisions not paying off against Fulham.

Youngster Michael Stickland could be handed his first Championship start as a direct replacement, a move which will help prevent Andy Rinomhota being given too many minutes after his comeback from injury.

George Puscas is an alternative in the final third, but Veljko Paunovic may feel that he cannot make many changes to his team for this game.


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