Watford vs Reading: Watford Can Win to Maintain Promotion Chase

Watford will welcome Reading to Vicarage Road on Friday for a matchday 41 fixture in the EFL Championship.

The hosts come into this clash on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Middlesbrough on Monday.

Reading picked up a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Derby County on home turf.

Both sides have promotion ambitions. However, while Reading are barely hanging on to the final playoff spot, Watford are virtually guaranteed of automatic promotion in second place.

Watford vs Reading Predictions:

  • Watford have won their last 6 home matches (Championship).
  • Watford have won 10 of their last 12 matches (Championship).
  • Watford have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Reading (Championship).
  • Reading have lost 2 of their last 5 away matches (Championship).

This will be the 120th meeting between the sides and Watford have the slightly better head-to-head record. The latest meeting at this ground had ended in a 4-1 win for the hosts.

They had scored two or more goals in two of the past three encounters. It’s been seven years since the guests have won at this stadium.

Watford have a 48-45 advantage over Reading in 119 meetings. The Hornets have 48 wins and 26 draws to their name, while Reading were victorious on 45 previous occasions.

Despite Reading’s indifferent form, their expansive style of play means that they almost always find the back of the net.

Watford are not in dire need of points but will be keen to get back to winning ways on home turf. Watford look difficult to beat and are on an excellent winning run at home. Reading’s form has been inconsistent recently particularly away from home with the Hornets backed to win.

We are predicting a narrow victory for the hosts.

Our prediction: Watford win @ 1.83

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