Neither of these teams are exactly flying but Barnsley have been utterly woeful so far this campaign. Can they get a much needed win here? Find out with our Reading vs Barnsley match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Reading vs Barnsley: Our Tips
All of our tips contain no bias and have been researched using the latest stats and figures available at the time of publication.
- Prediction one: Match Result – Reading @ 23/20
- Prediction two: Total goals – Under 2.5 @ 8/13
- Prediction three: To win to nil – Reading @ 23/10
*Odds from Ladbrokes are subject to change.
Reading to beat Barnsley
Everything about this match screams out for it to be a home win. Reading have been much improved of late and sit second in a five game form table. Barnsley would be 22nd, which is exactly where they are in the full season standings; they've just not turned up this year. It's not just recent form going against Barnsley though; they've also got a rather abject record at what is now known as the Select Car Leasing Stadium. They've lost the in each of their last three visits and haven't won there since 2014!
There won't be many goals
Next up in our tips is a prediction that backs the game to see fewer than three goals; more specifically we're backing under 2.5. Reading have seen their last three games come in under 2.5 whilst Barnsley have only gone over 2.5 in one of their last five matches. All five of the last head to heads have come in under 2.5 as well; they've all seen exactly two goals. It's important to note that Reading have posted a really high average goals per game this season to date at 3.3 but that's from earlier form; it helps to give the betting odds value!
Reading to win and keep it clean
Okay, so we've already backed Reading to win this game. We're turning the heat up with this bet though because we fancy them to keep a clean sheet too. Barnsley have failed to score in three of their last five matches notching a paltry two goals in that period. Reading meanwhile have kept clean sheets in two of their last three and have conceded just three in their previous five matches. On top of that, Barnsley haven't scored away at Reading for seven years with Reading winning the last three games without conceding.
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Reading vs Barnsley: A Royal good win
Reading's form has really turned a corner in the last few games to the point where, even with potential points deductions coming their way, survival looks very plausible. John Swift has been the man with the magic touch having netted seven goals and provided five assists. The Royals remain without Yakou Meite and Lucas Joao. Unlike Reading, Barnsley look bang in trouble with no sign of form at any point this season. They could really do with Carlton Morris and Mads Juel Andersen getting back in the fold whilst Josh Benson is now out injured too!
FAQ on Reading vs Barnsley
- Where is the game being played? – Select Car Leasing Stadium
- Who do the bookies have as favourites? – Reading
- What time is KO? 3 PM GMT