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Watford v Reading Betting Tips [9 April 2021]

Football - Championship

9 April 2021 14:45

45' :  2 - 0
Under 2.5 Goals
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The match

Despite having played two games more Watford will feel their 10-point cushion above the play-off places will be enough to see them return to the top-flight at the first time of asking. The Hornets were relegated from the Premier League last year but find themselves in second place on 79 points in the Championship after 40 games with Brentford back in third on 69 with two games in hand. They welcome Reading to Vicarage Road on Friday night with the visitors just one point inside the play-off places ahead of Bournemouth following a 3-1 win over Derby at the weekend.  

Watford had won six league matches in a row prior to their 1-1 draw away at Middlesbrough at the weekend. That run has moved Xisco Munoz’s men into a comfortable position for automatic promotion and with just one defeat in 13 they look destined for an immediate return to the Premier League alongside Norwich who are five points ahead of them in top spot. Watford will look to continue their great home form having won six straight matches when hosting and they have kept a clean sheet in five of those fixtures. 

Reading will be searching for just their second win in six on the road when they travel to Vicarage Road on Friday. The Royals picked up three points on Easter Monday at home to Derby but a 1-1 draw at Barnsley last Friday means they are without a win in three on their travels. With Bournemouth breathing down their necks, Reading will need to keep the wins coming and they will take confidence from the reverse fixture which seen them walk away as 1-0 winners.  

Key Statistics

  • Just seven of Reading’s 20 away league games have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
  • 27 of Watford’s 40 Championship fixtures have featured under 2.5 goals.
  • Three of Watford’s last four home games have witnessed under 2.5 goals been scored.

The bet of our experts

These two teams will be eyeing a victory but a draw wouldn’t be disastrous for Watford. The hosts tend to be hard to break down and have only conceded nine goals in their last games so I’m not expecting a thrilling contest. Back under 2.5 goals in this one.
Created on 06/04/2021 at 10:04
All tips are fully researched and given in good faith, but profits cannot be guaranteed.
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