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Middlesbrough vs Reading betting tips: Championship preview, predictions and odds

This article provides a preview, odds and recommended bets for the Championship meeting between Middlesbrough and Reading on March 4th, 2023

Our recommended bet for Saturday’s clash at the Riverside Stadium comes in the form of a Middlesbrough victory over Reading, featuring goals from both teams.

A £10 wager for such an outcome will secure you a return of £33 with Betway.

Match preview

A high-flying Middlesbrough outfit eyeing a swift return to winning ways will act as hosts in a Championship meeting with Reading this Saturday, March 4th.

Boro, of course, have long established themselves as one of the standout sides in England’s 2nd tier.

In fact, prior to last weekend, Michael Carrick’s troops stood, alongside table-topping Burnley, as perhaps the most in-form side across the entire division.

After spending the early months of the campaign scrapping it out towards the foot of the table, Carrick’s arrival sparked a remarkable resurgence, culminating in an 12 wins from 14 dating back to early November.

In turn, it came as a blow when, last time out, Middlesbrough were brought firmly back down to earth, courtesy of a two-goal downing at the hands of West Bromwich Albion.

The Yorkshire club’s automatic promotion hopes took a hit in the process, now trailing 2nd-placed Sheffield United by a considerable seven points.

Safe to say, then, that Boro will have their sights set on an immediate bounce-back result on Saturday afternoon.

And though they will head into the action at the Riverside Stadium as clear favourites to secure as much, upcoming opponents Reading will too enter the clash with confidence high in the camp.

This comes with the Royals fresh off a timely return to winning ways of their own.

After following up a credible downing of Rotherham United with a concerning defeat at the hands of relegation-battling Cardiff City, Reading, last time out, played host to another of the candidates for the drop, in the form of Blackpool

And, on this occasion, Paul Ince’s men made no mistake, rattling off a trio of goals courtesy of Tom Ince (2) and Andy Carroll, en route to a comfortable three-point haul.

The Royals, in turn, have kicked on towards mid-table once more, now sitting just six points adrift of 8th-placed Watford, whilst in possession of a game in hand.

We at 101, though, are nevertheless backing Middlesbrough to simply prove too much for Reading on Saturday afternoon, backing the hosts to ultimately emerge on the right side of a dominant full-time result at the Riverside Stadium.

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