The age-old question, the age-old test. Going to Stoke is never easy. It’s a hunting ground where even the biggest Premier League teams faltered and no matter Stoke’s league position or form, they are always a tough nut to crack.
Reading will head to Stoke brimming with confidence following an excellent display and victory against Bournemouth last Friday. It was one of those matches that really showed progress and put the Royals just three points off second place. Touching distance from the automatic promotion spots feels so good, but form like this needs constant maintenance and there is no let off.
The Potters are currently in 10th spot and have now gone nine games in all competitions without a victory. In their last outing, they drew against Huddersfield and were reduced to 10 men in the process. Yet, despite their form you just never know when you are away to Stoke.
Reading are priced at 2/1 or 3.00 to win
Stoke have not lost to Reading at home in four games and the sides have drawn 10 of their 24 clashes in total. This is the type of game Reading will feel a need to win. It’s a good marker, and with Norwich stuttering during the previous match week, three more points now can be huge.
Lucas Joao increased his goal tally to 15 this season and Reading have now scored the third highest Championship goals this season.
That’s the type of stat which we love to see and you can get over 2.5 goals in the Stoke game at 13/10 or 2.3.
Veljko Paunovic compared his team to a machine in the first half against Bournemouth, and we think that when this group builds momentum they will be difficult to stop. You can place a bet on the correct score v Stoke: Stoke 0-2 Reading at 12/1 or 13.00.