This afternoon sees two early season promotion favourites face each other as Reading take on Middlesbrough.

 

Form 

At the start of the season both Middlesbrough and Reading and were tipped for promotion, however things haven’t exactly gone to plan.

After 13 games Reading find themselves in 20th position and Garry Monk finds his Boro side in 13th place, both managers will be looking for a positive result today to ease the pressure on their job.

Without a win in six games, now Garry Monk will certainly be hoping his Boro side can deliver today against a team which are also struggling for form.

Boro’s last win came against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup, with their last league win coming all the way back last month on the 16th September against QPR where Garry Monk’s side ran out 3-2 winners at the Riverside Stadium.

Reading’s last win came against in form Leeds United just a few weeks ago, however they failed to build on this victory and lost last time out to Sheffield United 2-1.

 

Team news

Both managers have no fresh new injury concerns.

Reading have a full sit squad whereas Boro have everyone available but Rudy Gestede.

 

Opposition View

I spoke to Reading fan Charlie, ‪@dingcharlie_ , who gave me an in-depth view about his teams chances tomorrow and he thinks Reading have done so far this season.

Jake: “How do you think Reading will get on tomorrow?”

Charlie: “Boro appear to be enduring as underwhelming a season as we are, so that offers up a tiny ray of hope for tomorrows events.

I’m an optimistic guy when it comes to Reading.

During the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, our two worst in recent history, no matter who we came up against I still thought there was a chance we could nab a win, despite how horribly bad we were at the time.

This year that optimism has been totally robbed of me. I do not believe, even with Middlesbrough’s struggles, that Reading will claim even a point tomorrow.”

You can read the full article by Jake with Charlie at Boro Rants here: https://bororants.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/boro-vs-reading-opposition-view/

 

Prediction

With both teams struggling for form, it would only be fair if both sets of fans expected the worst today.

I can see the game being dull and with few chances and for that reason I’m going with a 0-0 draw which add pressure to both managers jobs.

Reading 0-0 Middlesbrough

Result: Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough

Thanks for reading.

By Jake Self

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