Watford vs Reading – Preview, and Prediction

Watford vs Reading – Following their 1-1 draw against Rotherham United in the Championship, Watford will participate in this encounter.

During that match, Watford held 66 percent of the possession and had 12 shots on goal, with only two of them finding the target. Vakoun Issouf Bayo was the lone player from Watford to make it onto the scoresheet (at the 33-minute mark).

Eight of Rotherham United’s shots were sent at the goal, and three of those shots were successful. The goal was scored by Richard Wood for Rotherham United in the second minute.

In recent years, it hasn’t been all that often that Watford has managed to avoid conceding any goals. The fact of the matter is that Watford have allowed goals to be scored against them in 5 of their most recent 6 matches, totaling 8 goals conceded along the way.

Reading will be looking to build on their recent success in the Championship, having defeated Stoke City by a score of 2-1 in their most recent contest.

During that encounter, Reading controlled 40 percent of the ball and had 11 shots on goal, with three of them finding the back of the net. Lucas Joo was the only player from Reading to register a point on the scoresheet (2′ and 57′).

On the other hand, Stoke City had 11 shots on goal, with only three of them actually hitting the target. Ben Wilmot scored the goal for Stoke City in the fortieth minute.

Reading has been involved in a lot of games recently, and recently there has been a fairly continuous tendency of at least one club not scoring a goal in those games.

When looking back over their most recent six excursions, we find that this has occurred five times. During those matches, Reading have scored a total of seven goals,

while the other teams have scored a combined nine goals. In spite of this, we won’t know for sure until the end of the game whether or not this pattern will hold true going forward.

Reading has not been successful against Watford in any of the previous two league matches that they have played away from home. This game will be their third attempt to do so.

Watford vs Reading– Betting Analysis

When their previous head-to-head encounters dating back to January 11, 2014 are compared, it can be seen that Watford has won four of them, while Reading has won two, and there has been zero tie games between the two teams.

During the course of five matches, a total of 12 goals were scored between them, with The Hornets accounting for 9 of those goals and The Royals contributing 3 of those goals. That works up to an average of two goals scored every contest.

Watford defeated Reading 2-0 in the previous league matchup between these two teams, which took place on match day 41 of the Championship in 2021 (April 9), and the final result was Watford 2-0.

Watford had 47% possession of the ball and 11 shots on goal, with only two of them finding the back of the net on that particular day. Isma’la Sarr was the only player from that team to register a point (12′, 14′).

Rob Edwards, the manager of Watford, is fortunate enough to have a roster to choose from that is fully free of injuries so that he does not have to worry about any players’ fitness levels going into this match.

The selection of Daniel Bachmann, Craig Cathcart, Christian Kabasele, Kortney Hause, Hassane Kamara, Yaser Asprilla, Hamza Choudhury, Edo Kayembe, Ken Sema,

Vakoun Issouf Bayo, and Joo Pedro seems likely to be made by the Hornets, who are expected to play in a 3-5-2 formation and make their choice.

Reading head coach Paul Ince has absolutely no concerns regarding the health or fitness of his players in advance of this matchup because the team’s roster is clear of any and all injuries.

We have a hunch that the Royals will go with a 3-1-4-2 batting order, consisting of Joe Lumley, Tom Holmes, Sam Hutchinson, Tom McIntyre, Naby Sarr, Andy Yiadom, Jeff Hendrick, Mamadou Loum, Junior Hoilett, Tom Ince, and Lucas Joao. This is what we think will happen.

Watford vs Reading – Head -to- Head

 

 

 

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Our Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals

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