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Birmingham v Reading predictions: Royals can keep their cool

Expect Reading to keep pressing for playoff place

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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Birmingham City v Reading in the Championship on Wednesday.

Where to watch

Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Football, 7.45pm Wednesday

Best bet

Reading
1pt 13-10 Betfred, Hills

Match preview

Reading have been keeping a cool head in the high-pressure Championship promotion race and can strengthen their grip on a playoff place by defeating relegation-threatened Birmingham, who parted company with manager Aitor Karanka on Monday.

The Royals have collected ten points from their last four games and were unlucky to draw 1-1 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday after winning the shot count 23-15.

Yakou Meite came off the bench to notch the equaliser at the City Ground and his recovery from a five-week layoff should benefit Lucas Joao, who has carried the Royals' attack with 18 goals in 30 appearances.

Reading are looking as strong as they have at any point of the season and will look to take advantage of a Birmingham side struggling to maintain their second-tier status.

The Blues picked up a couple of wins last month but have taken one point from nine in March and have the worst home record in the division.

Key stat

Birmingham have lost 12 of their last 16 home league games.


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