Rotherham vs Reading
England League Championship
Date: Saturday, 22nd October 2016,
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: New York Stadium, Rotherham.
Rotherham sacked manager Alan Stubbs on Wednesday following a 4-2 defeat at Birmingham, their 6th straight defeat in the Championship which left them bottom of the table and already in danger of being cut adrift. Interestingly both Assistant manager John Doolan and first-team coach Andy Holden were both also dismissed with immediate effect which leaves fitness coach Paul Warne suddenly in charge of first-team affairs and most likely this match unless they are very quick in appointing a successor.
The problem for the Millers, as it was for much of last season, has been a defensive one. They’ve only kept one clean sheet all season and have let in 2.46 goals per game on average, which puts them on course to concede well over 100 over the course of a season. They’ve conceded in both halves of 46% of their games this term and those sort of figures will be music to the ears of Reading’s forward players.
The Royals haven’t been completely convincing at the back either though and have let in 8 goals in their last 4 Championship matches coming into this game. They’ve conceded 2 goals per game on average on the road and although they are struggling Rotherham do have a goal in them. Both teams have netted in 62% of Rotherham matches this term and 67% of their home games, so there is strong evidence to suggest that,that will be the case again here, particularly given both teams have scored in all of Reading’s last 4 matches.
Therefore. backing Both Teams to Score at 5/6 looks to offer really good value here with both teams likely to be targeting the win. One positive for the Millers has been the form of forward Danny Ward. He’s started all of their league games this term and only 3 players in the Championship can better his tally of 6 goals. Reading are a team that offers up a few chances so backing Ward to score at any time at 5/2 looks to offer value here.
Rotherham vs Reading: Head-to-Head Stats
Rotherham has a great record against Reading at New York Stadium where they are unbeaten in five games that goes back to 2002. In 10 games total home and away Rotherham has 4 wins, Reading 3 and there has been 2 draws. Goals wise at Rotherham we have witnessed 3 games with 3 goals or over and two games fewer than 3 goals.
Rotherham vs Reading: Prediction
Rotherham is due a win and does well over Reading who are in poor form and travelling away. We will take the home side to get a rare win. But the main bet here should be both teams to score. Rotherham has consistently scored and Reading has scored at least a goal in their last five matches.
Rotherham vs Reading: Betting Tips
Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73)
Rotherham to beat Reading at 5/2 (3.50).