Reading vs Watford Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 04/02/2023

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Reading - Watford

England Championship - Select Car Leasing Stadium

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

Here we bring you Championship predictions for Reading vs Watford with the game due to take place on Saturday February 4th.

Reading vs Watford: Our top betting predictions

Neither of these sides are putting together anything like a consistent run of form, which could prove costly in what is a fiercely contested Championship table. Will either side find a way of winning this game? Find out with our Reading vs Watford match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.

Reading to win

We have mentioned in our opening that neither of these sides are particularly consistent and that is true; Reading have lost three of their last five whilst recording one win and a draw whilst Watford have won two, lost two and drawn one of their past five games. Where the consistency changes a little bit is when you dive into the respective home and away form. It is for this reason why we're predicting Reading win this match. Let's explain why. The Royals are unbeaten at home in four games winning three and drawing the other. Watford by contrast have lost three of their last four away games including each of their last two. Reading have also won the last two times they've entertained the Hornets.

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Someone will fail to score

Our next prediction for this game comes from the both teams to score market and we're betting on the ‘no' outcome. Reading have seen three of their last five matches end with someone failing to score; they've kept one clean sheet in those games whilst failing to score on two occasions. Watford meanwhile have seen just one of their last five matches end with goals at both ends. In those four games, the Hornets have kept two clean sheets and blanked in two games. As for the head to head record, the last five meetings have all ended with at least one side failing to score; that means they last clash where both teams did bag goals was in 2015!

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Here are the key stats & form guide for Reading vs Watford

Head to Head

07/01/23

England FA Cup FA Cup

Reading

Reading

Watford

Watford

2

0

08/11/22

England Championship CHA

Watford

Watford

Reading

Reading

2

0

10/09/22

England Championship CHA

Watford

Watford

Reading

Reading

0

0

09/04/21

England Championship CHA

Watford

Watford

Reading

Reading

2

0

03/10/20

England Championship CHA

Reading

Reading

Watford

Watford

1

0

Last Five - Reading

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

06/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Lincoln City

Lincoln City

Reading

Reading

1

1

D

01/04/24

England League 1 League 1

Bolton

Bolton

Reading

Reading

5

2

L

29/03/24

England League 1 League 1

Northampton

Northampton

Reading

Reading

0

1

W

Last Five - Watford

13/04/24

England Championship CHA

Southampton

Southampton

Watford

Watford

3

2

L

10/04/24

England Championship CHA

Ipswich

Ipswich

Watford

Watford

0

0

D

06/04/24

England Championship CHA

Preston

Preston

Watford

Watford

0

0

D

01/04/24

England Championship CHA

West Brom

West Brom

Watford

Watford

2

2

D

29/03/24

England Championship CHA

Leeds

Leeds

Watford

Watford

2

2

D

So, that gives you some insight to how the different bookmakers see the action unfolding. How though do the bookies odds translate into probabilities ahead of this game and how might that impact your view of our predictions? Let's find out.

Reading odds: 9/5 (2.80) – 36%

Draw odds: 15/7 (3.14) – 32%

Watford odds: 11/7 (2.57) – 39%

Watford arrive into this game as favourites but with just a 3% probability edge over Reading in the bookmakers pricing it's clear that this game is going to be an intense battle between two sides that still hold onto promotion dreams. It's not just the match result markets that are finely balanced either. The both teams to score market sees the ‘yes' and ‘no' options both priced at odds on. Seemingly, the only thing the bookies are sure of is that the game will be a low scorer with the under 2.5 goals market offered at a very short price!

Check out the predicted lineups ahead of Reading vs Watford

Reading

Reading's results haven't gone to plan in recent weeks and after their league outing ended in a tragic 4-0 defeat it would be almost guaranteed that we see a few changes for this match. We're expecting a step back towards the side that drew with QPR, which would see the Royals line up with a highly attacking side.

Predicted lineup – Lumley, Yiadom, Holmes, Sarr, Loum, Hoilett, Hendrick, Hutchinson, Baba, Ince, Carroll

Watford

Watford currently sit in the playoff places but a combination of poor form, intense competition and a growing injury list has Hornets fans very worried about the run in. That said, they'll see this match as one they can win and we're anticipating them to lineup in a manner that would really see them take the game to their hosts.

Predicted lineup – Bachmann, Ferreira, Sierralta, Cathcart, Morris, Gaspar, Choudhury, Kone, Sarr, Martins, Bayo

Starting Lineups

Reading

Reading
7
Shane Long
ie
27
Amadou Mbengue
sn
20
Cesare Casadei
it
3
Tom Holmes
gb
22
Mamadou Loum N'Diaye
sn
5
Tom McIntyre
gb
1
Joe Lumley
gb
17
Andy Yiadom
gh
10
Tom Ince
gb
8
Jeff Hendrick
ie
23
Junior Hoilett
ca
Substitutes
18
Nesta Guinness-Walker
gb
11
Yakou Meite
fr
19
Tyrese Fornah
gb
6
Scott Dann
gb
15
Femi Azeez
gb
9
Lucas Joao
pt
21
Dean Bouzanis
au

Watford

Watford
21
Henrique Araujo
pt
37
Matheus Martins
br
15
Craig Cathcart
gb
22
Ryan Porteous
gb
23
Ismaila Sarr
sn
4
Hamza Choudhury
gb
7
Keinan Davis
gb
3
Mario Gaspar
es
25
Leandro Bacuna
cw
14
Hassane Kamara
ci
1
Daniel Bachmann
at
Substitutes
42
James William Morris
gb
26
Ben Hamer
gb
11
Ismael Kone
ca
34
Britt Assombalonga
cd
44
Wesley Hoedt
nl
10
Joao Pedro
br
54
Tobi Ademeyo
gb

*Starting lineups are usually announced one hour prior to kick off.

Player to watch

If you're talking about match winners then these sides boast a fair few. The one we're picking out though is Watford's Senegal international Ismaila Sarr. He has two goal contributions in his last four games and sits on 13 contributions for the season at a rate of one every 153 minutes.

Check out the latest standings

Championship
# Team P W D L +/- Points
1 Ipswich

Ipswich

43 26 11 6 32 89
2 Leicester

Leicester

42 28 4 10 41 88
3 Leeds

Leeds

43 26 9 8 42 87
4 Southampton

Southampton

42 25 9 8 30 84
5 West Brom

West Brom

43 20 12 11 24 72
6 Norwich

Norwich

43 21 8 14 16 71
7 Hull

Hull

42 18 11 13 8 65
8 Coventry

Coventry

42 17 12 13 14 63
9 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

43 18 9 16 5 63
10 Preston

Preston

43 18 9 16 -4 63
11 Cardiff

Cardiff

43 18 5 20 -12 59
12 Bristol City

Bristol City

43 16 10 17 4 58
13 Sunderland

Sunderland

43 16 8 19 2 56
14 Swansea

Swansea

43 14 11 18 -9 53
15 Watford

Watford

43 12 16 15 1 52
16 Millwall

Millwall

43 13 11 19 -13 50
17 Blackburn

Blackburn

43 13 10 20 -14 49
18 Plymouth

Plymouth

43 12 12 19 -8 48
19 QPR

QPR

43 12 11 20 -17 47
20 Stoke

Stoke

43 12 11 20 -19 47
21 Birmingham

Birmingham

43 12 9 22 -16 45
22 Huddersfield

Huddersfield

43 9 17 17 -23 44
23 Sheff Wed

Sheff Wed

43 12 8 23 -31 44
24 Rotherham

Rotherham

43 4 11 28 -53 23

A quickfire FAQ on Reading vs Watford

  • Where is the match being played? – Select Car Leasing Stadium
  • Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Watford
  • What time does the match kick off?  3 PM GMT

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