Middlesbrough

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Riverside Stadium

10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Reading

V

Riverside Stadium

10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Middlesbrough will be bidding to stay in touch with the play-off spots in the Championship when they welcome Reading to the Riverside this weekend.

Last time: Boro recorded a 2-0 victory in the reverse league match earlier this season. Grant Leadbitter netted from the penalty spot before Britt Assombalonga got his name on the scoresheet in the 74th minute.

This time: Middlesbrough are 13/20 to triumph, with Reading at 28/5 and the draw available at 14/5.

You might remember: Reading recording a 5-2 win over Middlesbrough during the 2010-11 Championship season. It was a terrific match, with Ian Harte and Shane Long both grabbing braces for the Royals.

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Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium will host this game

Middlesbrough will attempt to record their third straight Championship win over Reading when they welcome the Royals to the Riverside this weekend. Boro recorded a 2-1 victory when the pair met in North Yorkshire last term, and also won 2-0 at the Madejski earlier this season. It is a fixture that dates back to 1927, while Boro lead the head-to-head with 11 wins to Reading’s nine.

Middlesbrough are 13/20 as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Norwich. Tony Pulis’ side have only won one of their last four in the Championship and are without a home victory in the league since Boxing Day, picking up just one point from their last three fixtures at the Riverside. They are only six points off the play-offs though, and will be looking to return to winning ways here.

Reading are 28/5 as Jaap Stam’s side look for just their ninth Championship victory of the 2017-18 campaign. A disappointing season has left the Royals down in 18th position in the table, and they are only six points above the relegation zone as things stand. They lost 2-0 at home to Millwall at the weekend, but did record a 3-1 victory at Burton Albion in their last away match in the Championship.

The draw is 14/5, but it is worth noting that there has only been one draw in this particular fixture since March 2010. Indeed, there has been a winner in seven of their last eight meetings, while Middlesbrough have drawn just three of their 15 Championship matches at home this season. Both managers will be keen to bounce back from defeats though, and that could create a cagey affair at the Riverside.

Assombalonga is 5/2 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while the Boro forward can be backed at 39/40 to get his name on the scoresheet at any point during the 90 minutes. The 25-year-old has managed 12 goals in 30 Championship appearances during the 2017-18 campaign.

Madou Barrow is 23/2 to break the deadlock for Reading. The Gambian forward has netted seven Championship goals for the Royals this season, and he was very impressive at Burton Albion towards the end of last month. He’s also available at 5/1 to score at any point during the 90 minutes of action.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The first goalscorer market, which has plenty of excellent value. Aside from the forward players, the likes of Muhamed Besic and David Edwards can be backed at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively. Tyler Blackett is an outside bet at 55/1.

2

We fancy:

Middlesbrough to win 2-0 at 13/2. Pulis’ side have not exactly been great in recent weeks, but they will fancy their chances of beating a Reading side that have struggled for consistency this term.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Reading beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside during the 2011-12 Championship season, and you can bet on that result to happen again here at 40/1.

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.