Reading vs Portsmouth prediction, odds & betting tips 28/10/2023

Reading
28/10/23 - 15:00

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Reading - Portsmouth

England League 1 - Select Car Leasing Stadium

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

Reading and Portsmouth face each other in an English League One clash on Saturday, October 28th. Portsmouth remain undefeated this season and they top the table. Reading are struggling badly and they are in deep trouble. Our dedicated League One betting tips page gives you more predictions and odds.

Reading vs Portsmouth predictions and betting tips

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Under 2.5 Goals

  • In only 1 of the last 6 H2Hs, there were more than 2 goals scored. 
  • Reading saw 4 of their last 6 home matches stay under 2.5 goals. 
  • This also happened in 3 of Portsmouth's last 4 games. 

Clean Sheet Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 6 away matches vs Reading. 
  • Pompey also achieved shutdowns in 3 of their last 4 games. 
  • Portsmouth have 8 clean sheets in 14 rounds this season. 

Top betting odds and key stats for Reading vs Portsmouth

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

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 - Portsmouth

16/07/24

Europe Friendlies Europe

Gosport Borough

Gosport Borough

Portsmouth

Portsmouth

1

3

W

27/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Lincoln City

Lincoln City

Portsmouth

Portsmouth

0

2

W

20/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Wigan

Wigan

Portsmouth

Portsmouth

2

1

L

16/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Barnsley

Barnsley

Portsmouth

Portsmouth

2

3

W

13/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Bolton

Bolton

Portsmouth

Portsmouth

1

1

D

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

Reading odds: 11/4 (3.75) – 26.7% Probability

Draw odds13/5 (3.60) – 27.8% Probability

Portsmouth odds1/1 (2.00) – 50.0% Probability

As we can see, the bookies see Portsmouth to be the expected winners in this match, with a 50.00% win probability. Regarding other markets, BTTS – No is worth considering in our opinion at 7/10 (1.70).

Reading – Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth lineups.

Reading

Reading’s misery continued on Tuesday with a painful 1-2 home loss against fellow strugglers Fleetwood. The Royals should have won this match and at 1-1, they missed several good chances. This proved costly as Fleetwood’s winner was scored in injury time. 

Reading are now without a win in the last 6 rounds. Had points deducted twice already this season. The players are waiting for delayed wages and their motivation is low. The club is up for sale but no buyers had come forward yet. All this creates a toxic atmosphere. 

Useful winger Mbengue is one of four long-term absentees but at least there are no fresh injury issues reported. 

Predicted Lineup: 

Button (GK), Bindon, Dean, Abbey, Carson, Elliott, Wing, Savage, Knibbs, Azeez & Kelvin 

Portsmouth

Portsmouth drew 0-0 vs Cambridge in midweek to extend their amazing unbeaten run in League One to 25 consecutive matches. The last time Pompey lost in a league match was way back in March 2023. 

Remain in the first place and despite not scoring too many goals Portsmouth have the best defence in the league with 8 clean sheets already kept in just 14 rounds. 

This amazing unbeaten run looks even more impressive considering that 4 important midfielders continue to be missing due to injuries. All of Pack, Lowery, Dockerill and Scully remain sidelined.  

Predicted Lineup: 

Norris (GK), Rafferty, Poole, Shaughnessy, Sparkes, Robertson, Morrell, Whyte, Kamara, Lane & Bishop 

​Starting Lineups

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

​Player to Watch: Colby Bishop

Leaders Portsmouth rely heavily on their main striker Colby Bishop for goals. The 26-year-old netted 20 goals in 45 league starts last term. His efficiency is even better so far this season with Bishop already scoring 8 goals in 14 league starts. 

Bishop continues to be the main target of almost every attack and he will remain the team's main goal threat in pretty much every match. 


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