- Reading are unbeaten in their last five Championship fixtures.
- Bournemouth have won only one of their last six league matches.
- The Cherries have scored one or fewer goals in six of their last seven league tussles.
Royals to take advantage of Cherries’ plight
Two clubs moving in opposite directions lock horns on Friday evening, when in-form Reading host an out of sorts Bournemouth outfit at the Madejski Stadium, and the Royals look favourites to harness their recent momentum.
A return of three victories and two draws from five Championship assignments has thrust Reading firmly into the playoff conversation, and Veljko Paunović’s side leapfrogged Bournemouth in the table with a fine 3-0 win against Coventry in their last home outing.
Bournemouth meanwhile, have won just once in six attempts in England’s second tier, and successive defeats to nil in their last two matches against Luton and Derby highlighted the regression in their attacking play.
The Cherries remain the Championship’s second highest scoring team, however, they have notched one or fewer goals in six of their last seven matches, and with a crisis of confidence infecting their entire frontline, they could struggle to match Reading on Friday.
With momentum firmly behind the hosts, Reading look excellent value to pile on the misery for Jason Tindall’s ailing side, while our 2-1 correct score prediction backs the Royals to edge out their misfiring visitors by the odd goal in three.