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Reading vs Barnsley prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: 9 December 2023

 Kick-Off: 15:00 UK, 16:00 CET

 Venue: Select Car Leasing Stadium

The odds are accurate at the time of writing and are subject to change. Check carefully before finalising your wager with your bookmaker.

​​Reading vs Barnsley: Top free betting tips

Our Reading vs Barnsley prediction is for a tight game between two sides with very different agendas. Will there be a winner? 

Reading remain in serious trouble. They sit 23rd and need points to stay in touch with the sides outside the drop zone. Barnsley have been shaky hosts but the Tykes have the best away record in the division (W5 D3 L1). They sit 7th, just outside the playoff spots, so their motivation is high too. 

​​Total goals prediction: Under 2.5 goals

Traditionally the clashes between the Royals and the Tykes are low-scoring affairs. In all of the last 7 H2Hs, there were no more than 2 total goals scored. This is why our first Reading vs Barnsley prediction is that the game will stay under 2.5 goals. 

​​Correct outcome prediction: Draw

Our next Reading vs Barnsley prediction is for a draw. Barnsley registered 3 of their 4 league draws so far on the road. Reading recorded both of their league draws up to now at home. Also, in 4 of the last 7 H2Hs, the spoils were shared. 

​​Correct score prediction: 1-1 draw

The final Reading vs Barnsley prediction we give is that the match will finish in a 1-1 stalemate. This has been the final score in 4 of the last 7 H2Hs. Also, Reading’s last 2 home draws were with that same 1-1 scoreline. Barnsley registered 1-1 results in 2 of their 3 away league draws so far this season. 

Reading vs Barnsley: What the fans think

Reading fans keep protesting

Barnsley fans demand Board changes

How far will Barnsley's fans travel to Reading?

The driving distance for Barnsley’s fans to London is 176 miles (283km). The away supporters who won’t be using the travel coach service will do well to opt out of driving to the capital. The journey by train is a cheaper and faster option. Still, by train, car or coach the away fans should brace themselves for a travel time of at least 3 hours and 40 minutes just in one direction. 

​​Reading vs Barnsley: Tickets

There are still available tickets for Reading vs Barnsley. Up until 4 pm UK time on Friday, 8 December, tickets can be purchased online and via the phone. After that time the only way tickets can be purchased will be on matchday from the Ticket Offices at the home ground. Reading have confirmed that they will be selling tickets even to away fans if they just turn up at the gates on the day of the fixture. 

The price of tickets varies between £45 and £24, with decent discounts available for disabled, seniors and juniors. 

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​​FAQs: Reading vs Barnsley

  • Who is the referee? Oliver Yates will be the first official for this match. 
  • How many Reading players have scored 4 or more league goals? None. The Royals have 4 different players who have scored 3 league goals so far, but nobody has scored more than that. 
  • How many away-league defeats do Barnsley have this season?  The Tykes are the best away team in the division with only 1 away defeat in 9 matches played (W5 D3).

Iskra Zecheva

For over 16 years now, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football and scouting, being among the main fields of her expertise. She has dined with kings, queens and some of the most famous sports figures of the past and the present. Iskra is also a member of the largest independent union of investigative journalists. She has minority ownership at several sports clubs and knows first-hand the pains of supporting a 'small-scale' football club.

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