Reading – Birmingham – Championship Prediction and Preview: 2nd December 2018
Reading ranks 17th in the Championship, with 28 points in 25 championship games. The hosts are in very poor form, with only two points in the last 5 stages. After a draw with Cardiff, Reading suffered three consecutive defeats, as the last round ended in a draw at Barnsley with a score of 1-1. African M. Barrow is the team’s top scorer in the championship, and has managed to score 7 times so far. The hosts will not be able to rely on Joseph Mendes, Callum Harriott, Jordan Obita and Stephen Quinn, who are currently injured.
The probable team: Mannone – Richards, Moore, McShane, Gunter – Berg, Evans – Barrow, Swift, McCleary – Bodvarsson
On the other side, Birmingham is ranked 24th in the second league rankings in England, with the team managing to score 20 points after 25 rounds. The guests started modestly this season, being candidates for relegation to League One. They alternate the evolutions in the last period, with 4 points accumulated in 5 championship games. After a 0-2 defeat at home in front of Norwich, Birmingham triumphed the previous round in his own home, 1-0 in front of Leeds. The Englishman S. Gallagher is the best scorer of the team in the championship, with 3 goals scored so far. Isaac Vassell and Che Adams will not travel because of medical problems.
The probable team: Stockdale – Colin, Roberts, Dean, Grounds – Kieftenbeld, Ndoye – Jota, Davis, Boga – Gallagher
Birmingham managed to get the last time on this field in April 2016, 2-0 in a championship game. Since then, Reading has been able to win 2 of the last 3 direct meetings. The match on Madejski Stadium is an interesting one, with the two teams crossing similar periods at the moment. Both are in the bottom of the leaderboard, so it is quite difficult to predict a winner. I’m going to rely on this date on a goal-based forecast and I’m expecting a duel with no show.