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Watford vs Reading Predictions & Tips - Watford Can Win to Maintain Promotion Chase

  • Watford vs Reading predictions for Friday’s Championship match
  • The game is being played at 7:45 pm BST at Vicarage Road
  • Watford have won their last 6 home matches
  • I am tipping Watford to win
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Alex Waite 07 Apr 2021
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Watford vs Reading Predictions

Watford have the best home record in the Championship this season and have put together a winning run at Vicarage Road. 

Reading have struggled to win away from home and face a tough match to keep up their play-off hopes alive. I’m backing a Watford win on Friday. 

  • 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)


Watford have a 48-45 advantage over Reading in 119 meetings. In the reverse fixture this season, Reading beat Watford 1-0 at the Madjeski Stadium. 

Watford Form 

Watford were unable to make it seven wins from seven on Monday after Middlesbrough held the Hornets to a 1-1 draw.

Watford took the lead through Ismaila Sarr and dominated the match with 67% possession and 10 shots on goal but conceded late on.

Despite dropping points against Boro, Xisco Munoz’s side have a nine-point cushion in the automatic promotion places ahead of third-placed Brentford.

The Hornets have won nine of their last 10 matches at Vicarage Road in their push for automatic promotion, including 1-0 home wins over promotion rivals Norwich and Barnsley.

Watford Injuries & Team News

Captain Troy Deeney remains out long-term with an Achilles tendon injury.

Midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru is also ruled out with an ACL injury. 

Reading Form

Reading beat Derby 3-1 at home on Monday to end their run of four matches without a win.

Goals from Michael Olise, George Puscas, and Lucas João gave the Royals an important victory to keep them in sixth place and in the play-off positions.

Patchy away form leaves Reading just one point ahead of seventh-placed Bournemouth.

Veljko Paunović’s side have lost two of their recent away matches to Championship strugglers Wycombe and Birmingham. 

Reading Injuries & Team News

Defenders Michael Morrison and Tom McIntryre are unavailable through injury. 

Midfield duo John Swift and Felipe Araruna are also ruled out. 

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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.

Best Bet: Watford Win Full Time Result @-120.48 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Correct Score Tip: Watford Win 2-1 Correct Score @800.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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