Reading vs Bolton prediction, odds & betting tips 16/09/2023

Reading
16/09/23 - 15:00

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Bolton

Reading - Bolton

England League 1 - Select Car Leasing Stadium

8th Round

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Reading and Bolton cross swords on Saturday, September 16th in a League One clash between two teams that for years were used to play in the higher echelons of English football. Here is our detailed preview of the game, as well as our best Reading vs Bolton free betting tips. 

Reading vs Bolton predictions and betting tips

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Under 9.5 Corners

  • There have been 9 or fewer corners in 4 of Reading’s last 6 home matches. 
  • Also, Bolton saw 3 of their last 4 away games produce less than 10 corners. 
  • In 4 of the last 6 H2Hs, the corner count didn’t reach double digits. 

Under 2.5 Goals

  • Bolton saw 7 of their last 9 away games stay under 2.5 goals. 
  • Also, 4 of the last 5 H2Hs had no more than 2 total goals scored in them. 
  • Reading saw 4 of their last 5 league matches stay under 2.5 goals. 

Top betting odds and key stats for Reading vs Bolton

Check the best Reading vs Bolton odds and useful stats here, on our website:

Head to Head

29/01/19

England Championship CHA

Bolton

Bolton

Reading

Reading

1

1

18/08/18

England Championship CHA

Reading

Reading

Bolton

Bolton

0

1

06/03/18

England Championship CHA

Reading

Reading

Bolton

Bolton

1

1

21/11/17

England Championship CHA

Bolton

Bolton

Reading

Reading

2

2

02/04/16

England Championship CHA

Bolton

Bolton

Reading

Reading

0

1

Last Five - Reading

06/07/24

Europe Friendlies Europe

Watford

Watford

Reading

Reading

0

2

W

27/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Blackpool

Blackpool

Reading

Reading

2

3

W

20/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Burton Albion

Burton Albion

Reading

Reading

3

2

L

13/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Barnsley

Barnsley

Reading

Reading

2

2

D

09/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers

Reading

Reading

0

2

W

Last Five - Bolton

18/05/24

England League 1 League 1

Oxford Utd

Oxford Utd

Bolton

Bolton

2

0

L

07/05/24

England League 1 League 1

Barnsley

Barnsley

Bolton

Bolton

3

2

L

03/05/24

England League 1 League 1

Barnsley

Barnsley

Bolton

Bolton

1

3

W

27/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Peterborough

Peterborough

Bolton

Bolton

3

3

D

20/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Port Vale

Port Vale

Bolton

Bolton

0

2

W

Now, let's take a better look at the best markets and odds we found for this duel:

Reading odds: 12/5 (3.40) – 29.4% Probability

Draw odds: 13/5 (3.60) – 27.8% Probability

Bolton odds: 6/5 (2.20) – 45.5% Probability

*all odds provided are the best price at the time of publication and come from various bookmakers and therefore the probabilities won't always add up to 100%.

As we can see, the bookies favour Bolton as the expected winners of this match. With a 45.50% win probability. In other markets BTTS – No comes at 53.50% probability.  

Reading – Bolton preview: latest form, news, and potential lineups

Read all of the latest injury updates and team news for this duel, including our predicted Reading vs Bolton lineups.

Reading

Reading are making a solid start to the season but off-the-field issues continue to hamper the confidence. During the international break, the Royals were hit with a further 3-point deduction. 

In their last game, they lost 0-1 vs Cambridge. The game was close and Reading could have easily won themselves. Once again, the inability to score goals proved costly. 

So far, the poor forward actions have been the main weakness. Defensively Reading looked solid. To address that the manager added striker Ballard to the squad on deadline day and he is a fresh hope. 

All of Wing, Bindon and Ejaria benefited from the international break and the extra time allowed them to heal minor issues. Still without the long-term absentees Smith (main centre forward), Mukairu and Camara (both useful inner midfielders). 

Predicted Lineup: 

Button (GK), Mbengue, Dean, Abbey, Carson, Azeez, Savage, Wing, Knibbs, Vickers & Ballard 

Bolton

Bolton have made a strong start to the season and they won 4 of their opening 6 league matches (D1 L1). The Trotters have the second-best attack in the division and when they get hot they can score goals. 

All of Ashworth, Sheehan and Charles have returned healthy from international duty and will be involved. 

Experienced playmaker Kyle Dempsey is also an option again after recovering from a back injury. The only players set to miss are centre-back Johnson and winger Mendes Gomes. 

Predicted Lineup: 

Baxter (GK), Jones, Santos, Iredale, Dacres-Cogley, Morley, Sheehan, Williams, Dempsey, Adeboyejo & Charles

​Starting Lineups

The teams usually announce their starting lineups one hour before the start of the game.

​Player to Watch: Dominic Ballard

Reading added striker Dominic Ballard on loan right before the transfer window shut. The Royals have been struggling to score goals so far and Ballard brings fresh hope that this could change soon. 

Reading are creating enough chances in almost every match, so if Ballard is composed we can expect him to benefit from the good build-up play and hit the back of the net soon. 


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