Reading vs Fulham Predictions & Betting Tips – Championship play-offs 2016/2017. For the second time in 4 days Reading and Fulham meet in the Championship play-offs.
After a 1-1 draw in their first leg, Reading in theory should be the front runners to make it in to the final for the play-offs, with a Premier League spot at stake.
Although Reading seems to be in a favorable position, bookies think different. At Marathonbet they offer odds of 23/20 for Reading to qualify for the final.
Team News Reading vs Fulham
Reading not only picked up a great result at Craven Cottage a few days ago, it also seems Dutch coach and former star defender Jaap Stam has found the right defensive tactics. Pressing Fulham high on the pitch, trying to disrupt their build up as early as possible, seems to work perfect.
Since a clean sheet will land Reading a spot in the finals of the play-offs, this should be rather comforting. The Royals haven’t lost in their last 10 home matches, and in the process kept it dry in the back on 5 occasions.
Jaap Stam does have some injury woes, especially in his defense. Obita was carried of the field last time out and also McShane will be unavailable due tot a suspension.
After a disappointing result last Saturday, in which Reading’s defensive tactics paralyzed Fulham’s build up, the Cottagers have a huge task to complete tonight. Fulham, one of the best away teams this season in the Championship, has won its last 3 away matches, and only lost 1 of its last 8.
A more impressive statistic is their goal scoring abilities on the road. In their last 3 outings away from home Fulham scored 2, 3 and 4 goals and from their last 8 away matches matches in the Championship the Cottagers scored at least twice on 7 occasions.
Ragnar Sigurdsson and Michael Madl will not be available tonight for Fulham coach Slavia Jokanović. The coach from Serbia might also make some changes in his attack, and Chris Martin possibly is going to have to settle for a spot on the bench.
Betting Tips, Odds & Predictions
Double Chance: Reading to win or draw
Based upon Reading’s home results, only 2 losses at the Madejski Stadium all season, this is a very decent prediction. Admitted, Fulham is a real strong team on the road with a lot of striking power, still I believe the Royals will not lose this match. The double chance option of a Reading win or a draw has odds of 33/50.
Both Teams to Score
This bet is the most likely to land in my opinion. Although Reading does manage to keep it clean in the back in about half its matches, my strong believe is that the Cottagers will find the net tonight. Especially since Jaap Stam is forced to make a few defensive changes to his side. Fulham saw both teams to score come in at their last 8 outings. The betting odds offered for both teams to score to land are 11/20.
Over 3,5 Match Goals
This is a little bit of a long shot, but might easily come in. Taking everything into consideration it is clear Fulham certainly needs to score at least once. This should result in an attacking mindset, and if they manage to score first, this match might explode into a goals galore. Over 3,5 match goals is offered at betting odds of 13/8.
Reading vs Fulham Line Up Predictions
Reading: Ali Al Habsi; Blackett, Gunter, Moore, Tiago Ilori; van den Berg, Williams, Evans; Swift, Kermorgant, Grabban.
Fulham: Bettinelli; Ream, Malone, Johansen, Kalas; Aluko, McDonald, Cairney; Ayité, Fredericks; Kebano.
Reading vs Fulham Match Info
Teams: Reading vs Fulham
Competition: Play-Offs Championship 2016/2017
Date: Saturday, 16th May 2017
Kick off time: 19:45 BST / 20:45 CET
Stadium: Madejski Stadium (Reading)