Reading have been a Jekyll and Hyde side in the Championship in the first four games of this season, winning both of their home games by an aggregate score of 5-1, but sit bottom of the league on away form, after failing to score in both games and conceding five goals.
Luckily for the Royals, this weekend’s game against is at the Madejski, but they face a Middlesbrough team that has been their bogey side in the last few seasons, with Chris Wilder’s side coming out winners in nine of the last 11 meetings between the two sides.
Boro are still waiting to pick up their first three points of the 2022/23 campaign after drawing three of their opening four games and are one of five sides yet to get a win on the board. They have had mixed emotions in their last two league games, scoring a 82nd minute equaliser against Sheffield United, but also conceding in stoppage time against Stoke last time out, denying Chris Wilder his first win of the season.
Reading vs Middlesbrough Match Stats
Middlesbrough have scored 2+ goals in three of their four Championship games this season, but have yet to end up on the winning side after losing 3-2 to QPR and drawing their last two games each by a 2-2 scoreline against Sheffield United and Stoke. Boro are yet to keep a clean sheet so far this season, conceding more goals than any other side (8).
No side has seen more goals scored in the first half of games this season than Middlesbrough (9), while Reading’s games have seen eight goals in the first half in their opening four games. The Royals are yet to concede in the second half in 2022/23, but have conceded six first half goals, the joint worst record in the division alongside Milwall.