Reading predictions with latest odds and stats
- Number of Bets: 46
- Winning Bets: 16
- Average Odds: 2.57
- Overall Stake : 314
- Profit: 251.47
- Yield: -19.91 %
Reading’s days of yo-yo-ing between the Premier League and the Championship are over – they’ve now settled into an unflattering position in the bottom half of the table.
On a slightly brighter note, last season they recorded a 6-place improvement over the two 20th placements from the previous seasons. Was this just another example of the COVID outbreak messing up performances or an upward trend for the Royals?
Despite the inconsistent outcomes in the past few years, the bookies seem confident they’ll reach the upper half in 2020/21. At odds of 1.20 for a Top 12 Finish, though, it’s questionable whether the bet is worth taking. After all, the club went through another management change.
Combined with the lacklustre previous performances, the placement is not as easy to achieve as the Championship betting odds might imply.
Reading Key Players
It seems the big funds funnelled into acquiring new players last year might have drained Reading’s coffers. While it obviously bore fruit, this transfer period was a lot less interesting. On the other hand, Tomás Esteves, a world-class right-back, is currently on loan from Porto.
Joining him will be Benfica defensive midfielder Alfa Semedo, which should give the squad a more stalwart defence. To be fair, though, concessions were always a smaller issue for the team than penetrating defences.
To that end, midfielder John Swift leads the stats in terms of passes into the box. The rest of the set-piece generally consists of Michael Olise and another midfielder. Speaking of which, Ovie Ejaria came over from Liverpool, which was Reading's biggest transfer for the summer.
Reading’s fiercest historic rivals were Aldershot, before they went out of business in 1992, though feelings of enmity remain between those supporting Reading and Aldershot Town, Aldershot’s historic successors. However, the two clubs still haven’t met in a competitive game, and aren’t likely to in the near future with Aldershot Town being out of the Football League at the moment.
Reading’s other local rivals are Oxford United and Swindon Town, and their rivalry is often referred to as the “Didcot triangle”. However, Oxford and Swindon nurture a fiercer animosity towards each other than towards Reading.
The club was founded in 1871, in a public meeting organized by Joseph Edward Sydenham, who would become their first club secretary. Their original ground was Reading Recreational Ground, but they moved around a lot before settling down at the newly built Elm Park in 1896, which was a result of their going professional the year before. They remained there for 102 years, moving to their current home of Madejski Stadium in 1998.
Reading were admitted to the Football League Third Division South in 1920, and apart from a stint in the Second Division between 1926 and 1931, they remained there until they were relegated to the Fourth Division in 1971.
But after that, they started climbing the ladder slowly, and their hard work was rewarded in 2006/07, when they reached the top flight for the first time in history and achieved their best ever league finish – eighth in the Premier League.
But they returned to the Championship in 2008, and apart from one more campaign among the elite in 2012/13, they’ve been here ever since.
Reading’s top cup results remain the 1927 and 2015 FA Cup semifinals.