Reading – Blackburn SOCCER PICKS
Reading and Blackburn Rovers meet at Madejski Stadium, in a match for the 32nd round of the Championship. In the last direct match for this edition of the league, on 22-08-2018, the two teams tied (2-2). The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, in 04 -04-2017, for the Championship, Reading won by (3-1). Y. Kermorgant (14 ‘, 29’, 14 ‘and 29’) and G. McCleary (78 ‘and 78’) scored the goals of the game, for Reading, and E. Bennett (77 ‘and 77’), for the Blackburn Rovers. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in the 22 th position of the league, with 26 points won, after 5 wins, 11 draws and 15 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Aston Villa, by (0-0). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Sheffield Wednesday, by (0-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 7 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 11 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 22 conceded. For the championship, Reading won 12 points out of 30 possible, after 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (6 out of 15 matches). In 31 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 16 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Reading comes to this game with a draw, by 0-0, in the move to the arena of Sheffield Wednesday, adding in this way the fourth game followed without winning the championship. To make matters worse, the locals won only 1 of the last 9 matches played in this competition. Despite this negative phase, coach José Gomes must present a very offensive team, organized in 4-3-3, with Yakou Meite being the most offensive reference: this advanced stands out in the final, with 6 goals scored in the championship. For this game the coach can not count on O’Shea, Obita and Nélson Oliveira, players recovering from injury.
After 11 wins, 10 draws and 10 losses, the away team is currently in the 13 th position of the league, with 43 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Brentford, by (5-2). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Bristol City, by (0-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. For the league, Blackburn Rovers won 8 points out of 30 possible points, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses in the last 10 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 31 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 12 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 15 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have suffered 13 of their 31 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Blackburn Rovers comes to this unmotivated game, having lost, by 0-1, at the reception to Bristol City, registering in this way the second consecutive loss in this competition. It should be noted that the visitors have presented some weaknesses playing away from home, as they only won 4 of the 15 matches played. In this away game, coach Tony Mowbray must line up the team in the usual 4-2-3-1, Bradley Dack being responsible for organizing and creating the offensive process. Interestingly, despite not playing very close to the opponent’s goal, the player mentioned above is the best score of the team, with 11 goals scored. Out of this game will be Corry Evans, Mulgrew and Samuel, all with physical problems.