Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Bitesize Prediction: Middlesbrough vs Reading – 04/03/23

Competition: Championship

Market: Middlesbrough win

Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport

Looking to make an immediate return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, Middlesbrough will welcome Reading to the Riverside.

Starting with the hosts, watching their stellar purple patch come to an abrupt end away at West Brom last weekend, Middlesbrough will be seeking an immediate response here. However, despite eventually getting hit with a 2-0 loss away at the Hawthorns, Michael Carrick’s side should still find the mood in their camp at a continued high. Only continuing to shine since appointing the ex-Manchester United coach last year, Boro now find themselves sat in pole position to claim a play-off spot in 2023. Skyrocketing their way up the Championship table since returning from the World Cup’s winter break, Carrick’s men should be smelling the chance to lay down another promotion marker here. In fact, last seen at the Riverside picking up a 3-1 romp against QPR on February 18th, it should be noted that Saturday’s hosts have won each of their last four straight contests at the Riverside by an aggregate score of 9-1.

As for the visitors, managing to find their own welcomed boost last weekend as they claimed a 3-1 victory at home against Blackpool, Paul Ince is calling on his side to find some recent stability. However, mustering just a pair of wins from any of their last eight straight matchups across all formats, the Royals will be more than aware that they face another huge challenge on Saturday afternoon. Almost finding themselves sat in Championship limbo, Ince will have a headache over his side’s extended issues on the road. Last seen outside of Berkshire getting hit with a sluggish 1-0 loss at the hands of Cardiff, Reading have remarkably lost each of their previous five away fixtures on the bounce – a run that has seen them score just a single goal. Likewise, yet to muster a single win on the road since opening 2023, we’re backing a home victory on Saturday afternoon.

Bet: Middlesbrough 1/2 to beat Reading in Saturday’s Championship battle @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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