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This is a game that has the potential to be utterly forgettable as each of the last three meetings between the pair at the bet365 Stadium have ended goalless. Reading finished one place below the play-offs last season and will be hoping to go one better in 2022, while Stoke look set for another mid-table finish.

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Draw

We've backed a draw in this game and can you really blame us? Five of the last six meetings between these two clubs have ended in stalemates with the last three games at the bet365 Stadium all ending 0-0. Stoke have also drawn two of their last three home games in all competitions, while two of Reading's last five outings have also finished all square.

Under 2.5 Goals

Four of the last five head-to-heads between Stoke and Reading have produced under 2.5 goals and all of those games have ended in draws. Three of Stoke's last six outings and two of Reading's last four fixtures have also witnessed under 2.5 goals being scored, so you can see why we have backed a low-scoring 90-minutes this weekend.

1-1 Draw

In terms of a final scoreline, we're backing this game to end 1-1. Yes, each of the duo's last three encounters at this particular stadium have all ended goalless but the form both teams are in points towards 1-1 being the more likely scoreline this weekend. Both teams have scored in four of Stoke's last six matches and three of Reading's last five outings, so a 1-1 draw looks more likely than a fourth straight 0-0 at the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke vs Reading: The Key Stats

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Two former Premier League sides battle it out on the opening weekend of the 2021/22 Championship season

Stoke ended their pre-season with a 1-1 draw at home to Premier League side Wolves and on the whole, those warm-up games have produced mostly positive results. The Potters begin the new season at home to Reading, a side they finished 10pts and seven places behind in the last campaign. The recent history between the pair points strongly towards Stoke being able to secure a draw at the very least but with the pair's last three games at the bet365 Stadium ending goalless, they won't be holding out much hope for a win. Tyrese Campbell looks likely to miss the first game of the season due to a knee injury.

Reading have a clean bill of health ahead of their trip to Stoke this weekend and after they missed out on the play-offs last season, the task in 2022 is to finish in the top 6. The Royals have a decent record against Stoke but over the last few years the pair have played out a lot of low-scoring draws. A trip to the bet365 Stadium is often tricky and we're expecting another tough 90-minutes for the Berkshire club.

FAQ – Stoke vs Reading

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  • Who are the bookmaker's favourites? – Stoke are the favourites to win.
  • What was the score last time these two sides met? – Stoke 0-0 Reading, 6/2/21.
  • What time does the game kick-off? – 15:00 GMT, 16:00 CET.

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