The championship leader Bournemouth will travel to Reading on Saturday evening for a televised tackle. Mark O’Haire previews the game …
“Bournemouth have taken a single goal in the last eight hours of league football and remarkably only leaked one goal on their seven road trips.”
Resurgent Reading had to go last They suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Blackburn at the weekend. Coach Veljko Paunovic admitted his side gave the Rovers both goals in a toothless performance at Ewood Park. The goals from Sam Gallagher and Tyrhys Dolan in the second half earned the hosts all three points, with the Royals to blame for the poor defense, according to the visiting coach.
Paunovic said: “Unfortunately I have to do the same thing as last Repeat game. Everything was under our control, especially in the first half. And even in the moments when we conceded the two goals, it happened after accepting two giveaways that we didn’t get a result and I’m disappointed that we didn’t score because I think we played good football. “
For Reading, defeat means successive losses, in the background there is a risk of points being deducted for profit and sustainability violations. To make matters worse, the returning Femi Azeez limped off before half-time and joins an injured list again, including Michael Morrison, Tom McIntyre, Andy Rinomhota, Lucas Joao and Yakou Meite include.
Dominic Solanke scored two goals to defend the unbeaten Bournemouth with an impressive 3-0 win over Huddersfield last time. The 24-year-old brought on his season record in all competitions to eleven when the cherries swept aside the guests at Vitality Stadium, and Lloyd Kelly came up with an impressive one too n Performance to scorers’ list.
Scott Parker’s side are the only team in the English Football League to have suffered a defeat, and Bournemouth have also set and achieved a club record for an unbeaten start to a league season the class of a total of 14 games without defeat in 1961-62. The Cherries have now scored an excellent 34 points from their first 14 league games.
After the game, Parker said: “We are going in the right direction. Of course the records are brilliant, but the constant message to this team is processes – understand, what we need to do. We have technical skills but what you are “Seeing on this team is primarily an aspiration and a real work ethic. That gives us the platform to get results. “
Reading triumphed 3-1 against Bournemouth in January and ended a series of eight unsuccessful games against the Cherries (S1-D2-L6). The win was also only the second of the Royals in seven home games with the South Coast club – Reading has not recorded any consecutive home wins against Bournemouth since November 1993.
Although Reading 4,804 / 1 lost half of the first 14 games, they are only two points behind fifth place at the weekend. Veljko Paunovic’s team was actually defeated in eleven of these games with expected goals (npxG) and so far ranked at the bottom of the expected points (xP) and scored eight goals more than xG suggestions.
Bournemouth 1,865 / 6 aim to become the first championship team since Brighton in 2015-16 to go undefeated in the first 15 games of the season, with the Cherries (W10-D4-L0) second on xP while also leading on the road . In fact, Scott Parker’s crew have proven particularly impressive in their travels (W5-D2-L0).
Entertainment tends to be expected when it comes to reading. The Royals saw their first few games averaging 3.14 goals per game, with nine (64%) breaking the over 2.5 goals 1.9720/21 mark. The hosts have the worst defense according to Expected Goals (xG) and have scored multiple goals in half of their 14 championship games.
Bournemouth have conceded a single goal in the last eight hours of league football and scored only one remarkable goal in their seven road trips . This latest run includes six consecutive away feeds, with the Cherries only allowing 0.44 xG in games as guests this season. On six of these seven days away from Bournemouth there were also Under 2.5 Goals.
Since the visitors look strong and Reading is probably outstanding, I am happy to see Bournemouth win and under 4.5 goals at 1.9620 / 21 in Bet Builder support. We will get the correct results with 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, 2-1 and 3-1 – all 10 triumphs of the Cherries under Scott Parker came next to under 4.5 goals.
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