Fulham vs Reading betting tips and predictions for the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final on Saturday evening. Get our football tipsters’ bets below.
Fulham begin as favourites for the Championship play-offs but they face a tough test against a Reading side who continue to surprise this season under Jaap Stam.
Fulham had a tremendous season in the Championship under Slavisa Jokanovic with 85 goals scored and a 6th placed finish. Only Newcastle and Norwich have scored as many goals as the Cottagers this season who did the double over the promoted Magpies. The side have some exciting talents and left back Ryan Sessegnon is likely to be subject of a bidding war this season. Stefan Johansen, Floyd Ayite and the magnificent Tom Cairney have all impressed too. Although don’t ask them to take penalties. Fulham possess the 2nd best away form in the division but their home form wasn’t as hot. They only lost five matches here all season and will be hard to beat on Saturday evening.
Reading ended the season with a thumping 4-2 victory over Burton Albion. They’ve won two of their last three away matches scoring nine goals in the process. Jaap Stam’s side were tipped for a relegation battle at the beginning of the season but they’ve shown an admirable resilience which has seen them win 26 times over the course of the campaign.
There should be plenty of goals between these sides. Both Teams have scored in eight of Fulham’s last nine games with the same occurring in seven of Reading’s last eight. Our first Fulham vs Reading betting prediction is over 2.5 goals and both teams to score at 21/20 with Coral.
Fulham will be expected to win this tie. Reading have won two of their last three away games but have been victorious in three of nine. The Royals will be tough to beat at the Majeski but could have their work cut out here. Our second Fulham vs Reading prediction is Fulham to win & aver 1.5 goals at 19/20 with Paddy Power.
Neeskens Kebano ended the season in fine form but may not start this match. Take the hard-working Sone Aluko to score anytime in this encounter. The 28 year has netted five of his nine goals at home this season and notched one in the 5-0 victory over Reading earlier in the season. Our final Fulham vs Reading betting tip is Sone Aluko to score anytime at 2/1 with Betfair.
Jokanovic says Chris Martin still has a role to play despite his recent downturn in form and he could play some part here. Ragnar Sigurdsson and Michael Madl will definitely miss the first leg.
Garath McCleary is back from injury and should force his way into the team. Paul McShane is back in training but Callum Harriott definitely misses out.
Fulham’s thumping 5-0 win here may still be in the back of Reading’s minds going into this game. Reading got their own back with a hard fought Tuesday night victory at the Majeski. A John Swift penalty was enough for all three points. The Cottagers have won the last three meetings between the sides in West London.
The market heavily favours Fulham in this one. 8/13 and 4/6 are the kind of prices available on the hosts. Reading can be backed at around 9/2 with the draw 3/1.
Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score – 21/20 with Coral.
Fulham to win & Over 1.5 goals – 19/20 with Paddy Power.
Sone Aluko to score anytime – 2/1 with Betfair.
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