Reading vs Bournemouth – Prediction (Championship – 29.1.2021)

H2H: Reading v Bournemouth – Comparison.

Reading top-scorer Lucas João (14 goals) has had a hand in four of their five league goals so far in 2021 (three goals, one assist). Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas contributed to both of his side’s league goals this calendar year (one goal, one assist). Reading are unbeaten in six of their last nine league matches vs newly-relegated opposition (W4, D2, L3).

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Reading Insights.

Though Reading drew 0-0 last time out, it felt like two points dropped after a penalty miss. The ‘Royals’ remain in the top six however, and should feel confident of maintaining their cushion over Bournemouth after 264 minutes without conceding a league goal – though they squandered a 2-0 HT lead to lose 4-2 in the reverse fixture. Games here at the Madejski Stadium are often entertaining affairs, with eight of Reading’s last nine home league fixtures producing over 2.5 goals, for an average of 3.0 goals per-match across the period. Moreover, Reading are the only side yet to draw a home league game (W8, L4) with the scorer of the first goal winning every game.

Bournemouth Insights.

As for the visitors, Jason Tindall’s Bournemouth have just three days between their midweek FA Cup clash (2-1 win vs Crawley) and this fixture, as they seek to end a 225-minute run without a league goal here. Notably, five of Bournemouth’s last seven league games saw under 1.5 total goals, and back-to-back 1-0 losses have left the ‘Cherries’ with a loose grip on the final play-off spot. Bournemouth have scored the opener in eight (61.54%) of their 13 away league games, but they possess just a 50% win-rate when doing so (W4, D3, L1). Despite the former – and the fact that Bournemouth failed to score in three of their last five trips – they are favourites here, but have a poor 36.36% win-rate in away league games entered in that role (W4, D5, L2).

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: ENGLAND: Championship.
Kick off: 29.1.2021, 20:00 UTC.
Venue: Madejski Stadium (Reading).

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