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Reading vs Birmingham Prediction, Free Betting Tips & Odds

Date: 7th April 2023
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK, 16:00 CET
Venue: Select Car Leasing Stadium

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Reading vs Birmingham: Top Free Betting Tips

Birmingham City will be committed to carrying on their winning momentum in the next EFL Championship fixture against Reading. The fixture will be played at Select Car Leasing Stadium on Friday, 7 April. Reading makes an appearance in this game going six league games without a victory.

Match Result Prediction: Draw

Reading have two consecutive draws before this fixture, followed by successive four defeats. However, they have lost only against Millwall and Sheffield United in the duration of the previous ten games at Select Car Leasing Stadium and won five of them. Birmingham City has won three of the last five league affairs but they have not been great in the away adventures. The Blues have won only once in the last five matches away from St Andrew’s, that too against QPR. Additionally, The Royals limited Hull City to an equal score in the last home game. Given the current situation, we predict Reading and Birmingham to feature another draw at the same location on Friday,

Both Teams to Score Prediction: Yes

All of the last five meetings between these two clubs have concluded with BTTS patterns. Reading has hit the back of the net in the last three league affairs consecutively. But they have been unable to keep a clean sheet in EFL Championship in 2023. On the other hand, Birmingham City has also managed to score in four of their recent five fixtures on the road. Blues have also arranged only one clean sheet in that course. Therefore, a BTTS pattern will be our second pick for this game.

Correct Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw

Reading has scored only once in each of the last three league outings. On the defensive end, the Royals have conceded just one goal per game in the previous five games at Select Car Leasing Stadium. Birmingham has also scored once per game in the same number of away adventures. The latest H2Hs of these teams have featured high-scoring totals but we expect a change of trend in this game. A scoreline of 1-1 seems the more probable result for this match.

Reading vs Birmingham: Form, Recent Games, and News

Reading Preview

The Royals entertained Bristol City in the last game and concluded a 1-1 draw, thanks to the equaliser by Lucas Joao in the second half. Reading was able to end their losing sequence at Select Car Leasing Stadium with a draw against Hull, followed by defeats against Sheffield and Millwall. Head coach Pual Ince will be motivated to bring more discipline to the squad, having zero fitness issues.

Reading are currently in a precarious position, sitting just one point above the drop zone. Their situation has been made worse after a six-point deduction was applied due to breaches of financial fair play rules. They face a tough challenge against Birmingham, who they lost to in the reverse fixture this season. However, Reading's record in home league games against teams placed in the bottom half of the points table offers some optimism, with the Royals unbeaten in all nine such games this season.

Birmingham City Preview

The only goal from midfielder Reda Khadra helped the Blues get a narrow lead of 1-0 against Blackburn Rovers in the last game. Three victories in the previous four league affairs have offered them a nine-point gap from the relegation zone, standing in the sixteenth position. Manager John Eustace has an ideal medical preparation with zero players on the injury list before this duel. 

As it stands, Birmingham City currently sits in a position of relative safety. They are eight points ahead of Reading after the latter's points deduction. Moreover, they come into the game against the Royals with confidence about their defence. They have registered three wins without a reply across their last four league games, including a 1-0 win away to QPR on their latest trip. Birmingham has also won in the reverse match against Reading this season and are unbeaten in three of the last four away H2Hs. Tahith Chong is one of their players to watch, having contributed two of his three goals in 2023 to away victories.

Top Betting Odds and Stats for Reading vs Birmingham

Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.

Head to Head

16/12/22

England Championship CHA

Birmingham

Reading

3

2

22/02/22

England Championship CHA

Reading

Birmingham

2

1

06/11/21

England Championship CHA

Birmingham

Reading

1

2

17/03/21

England Championship CHA

Birmingham

Reading

2

1

09/12/20

England Championship CHA

Reading

Birmingham

1

2

Last Five - Reading28

19/09/23

England EFL Trophy England

86

Exeter

28

Reading

0

9

W

16/09/23

England League 1 League 1

5

Bolton

28

Reading

1

2

W

04/09/23

England League 1 League 1

63 1

Cambridge Utd

28

Reading

1

0

L

29/08/23

England EFL Cup EFL Cup

32

Ipswich

28

Reading

2 (3)

2 (1)

L

26/08/23

England League 1 League 1

86

Exeter

28

Reading

2

1

L

Last Five - Birmingham9

19/09/23

England Championship CHA

21

Preston

9

Birmingham

2

1

L

16/09/23

England Championship CHA

24

Watford

9

Birmingham

2

0

L

02/09/23

England Championship CHA

25

Millwall

9

Birmingham

1

1

D

29/08/23

England EFL Cup EFL Cup

61

Cardiff

9

Birmingham

3

1

L

26/08/23

England Championship CHA

71 1

Plymouth

9

Birmingham

1

2

W

FAQs regarding Reading vs Birmingham

Reading vs Birmingham

Who is the referee for this match? Scott Oldham.
What was Birmingham's last result? 1-0 Win over Blackburn.
Who won the last Head to Head fixture? 3-2 to Birmingham.