On this page you find betting tips related to Reading.
August 1st, 2013 / callum - Category:
It’s widely accepted that the Championship is the toughest and most competitive league in Europe and it looks no different this season. The three sides relegated from the Premier League, as well as the sides who narrowly missed out in the play-offs, head the betting but as usual, you could make a case for more than half the sides in this division. And that’s also the case for relegation purposes.
With Cardiff and Hull both being promoted, Watford are the highest ranked side from last season’s competition after finished third. Gianfranco Zola’s men had to suffer two agonising close calls with promotion both in the regular season and in the final of the play-offs. Zola has managed to re-sign most of the loan players from last season with the exception of Matej Vydra, which could prove pivotal considering how prolific he was for them during his spell at Vicarage Road. Javier Acuna may well fill that void after being brought in from Girona. Watford don’t have that same surprise element this time around and although I expect them to challenge for the play-offs, I expect automatic promotion to be a bridge too far once again.
Despite finishing fourth and reaching the play-offs last season, Brighton parted company with their manager Gus Poyet over the summer in somewhat controversial circumstances. He has been replaced by Oscar Garcia who was coaching in the Israel last season. There hasn’t been too many changes in terms of playing staff and I would expect a similar philosophy from the new management team as well. Everything remains in place for another strong season down Brighton way. They didn’t score enough goals for me last season, however, and I don’t think that problem has been addressed just yet. If they were to sign a striker that could get them 25 goals in the league, they would be very much of interest for one of the top two positions.
Other sides who plied their trade in this division last season who I envisage fighting for promotion are Bolton and Nottingham Forest. Both had to suffer a slow start and change in managers (multiple changes for Forest) but finished with a lot of potential and both have stronger squads heading into this season. Only a point separated them at the end up and as Bolton missed out on sixth placed on goal difference, it shows you how close both sides were to sneaking into the play-offs.
Dougie Freedman has seen eight players come in and nine players leave over the close season but the biggest loss will be Stuart Holden who has suffered another serious injury whilst playing for his country. It could leave them short in the midfield but there is still time for Freedman to strengthen depending on the length of time he will be out.
Billy Davies knows exactly what it takes to earn promotion from this league having done so with Derby County in 2007. His return at the City Ground was pivotal in Forest finishing so well last season and he is building for another promotion push. It’s in their midfield where they look the strongest and if they can keep their key players fit in these positions, they will not be far away from the top two all season. They have plenty of options upfront but I’m not sure they have that talisman just yet, don’t put it past them buying one before August is out.
Looking to bounce back…
Reading find themselves back in the Championship at the first time of asking alongside QPR return to the division they won back in 2011 and the relegated trio is made up with Wigan who return to the second tier of English football for the first time in eight years, as FA Cup holders as well.
Reading found the step up in quality between the two divisions far too much and were always playing catch-up. Nigel Adkins replaced Brian McDermott in a last gasp bid to salvage their Premier League status but in truth, it was really planning ahead for life in the Championship. A lot more players have left the Berkshire club with the focus on adding quality rather than quantity. Roysten Drenthe and Wayne Bridge will bring that whist Daniel Williams – an American internationalist who has been playing in the Bundesliga for the last couple of seasons – adds a bit of intrigue to their transfer dealings. They have a shrewd manager but I think he’ll have to work miracles to achieve automatic promotion and this season may well be be about consolidating.
QPR will have the highest wage bill in the Championship by a huge distance but that will mean very little when they take the field this weekend for the first game of the season. They’ve seen the likes of Chris Samba and Djibril Cisse depart and it’s looking ever more likely that Loic Remy will follow suit. They can still call upon masses of experience and players who have played all their careers in the top flight but there has to be doubts around the desire of these players. Harry Redknapp has tried to bring in some hungrier players to freshen things up. Richard Dunne, Karl Henry and Danny Simpson will have a fight about them but I can’t advise backing a side who had so many problems on and off the field last season.
Wigan failed to achieve their great escape this time around but still enjoyed a memorable season with that FA Cup success after defeating Manchester City in the final. They will be playing in the Europa League this campaign and you only have to look at the likes of Stoke and Newcastle in recent seasons to see how that can affect a team’s domestic form. Owen Coyle doesn’t convince me despite winning promotion with Burnley from this division. He’ll hope to hang on to Shaun Maloney and James McCarthy and although I think they’re capable of mounting a challenge, I won’t be siding with them.
Best of the rest
Blackburn have plenty going for them on the field with a squad which can boast Jordan Rhodes and DJ Campbell as a partnership but there is too much uncertainty off the field and the manager is still very inexperienced for my liking. Middlesbrough had an excellent first half to the campaign but couldn’t take that on after the New Year and faded badly. That was similar to Leicester but they managed to recover sufficiently to sneak into the play-offs but were dispatched by Watford. If they don’t have a quick start to the season I can see Nigel Pearson being under pressure.
For the newly promoted sides – Doncaster, Bournemouth and Yeovil – I expect the best they can hope for is a challenge for one of the play-offs positions. There is a lot of quality in this division and unless one of the three dramatically strengthens between now and the close of the transfer window, I can’t see them seriously challenging the more established sides at this level.
Winners and Losers
I have been leaving this as late as possible considering there is more than four weeks between the first game of the season and the close of the transfer window, and I would have liked a more settled look to the picture in the Championship. I am between two to put my hat on to win the title and they are Bolton and Nottingham Forest. I was impressed with how both finished their campaigns last season and although neither side made the top six, they have shown what they are capable of. I also believe they are stronger this season than they were last time around and both can be promoted from this season’s Championship. I’d advise backing both to win the league and both to achieve promotion.
Nottingham Forest to be promoted 4/1 @ Sportingbet and to win title 11/1 @ Coral
Bolton to be promoted 3/1 @ Ladbrokes and to win title 9/1 @ William Hill
August 1st, 2013 / Armchair Punter - Category:
Football – England – Championship
Saturday 3rd August 2013 – Kickoff: 1500hrs
Relegated Reading will attempt to once again bounce back up to the Premiership following their demise last season, and they open up their campaign with a home match against Ipswich Town at their Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
The Royals finished second from bottom of the top flight just three points above rock-bottom QPR although both of these sides should figure strongly in the play-off pack later in the season as they can’t seem to make up their minds which division they truly belong in. We saw previously relegated Bolton Wanderers make a late surge up the table last season and narrowly missing the play-offs on goal difference, and I can see Reading doing the same this season.
Striker Noel Hunt who found himself on the fringes of the squad last season has joined Leeds United on a free transfer along with Ian Harte to Bournemouth and Jay Tabb to today’s opponents Ipswich Town, but the bulk of last season’s squad has remained. In come Royston Drenthe and former Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge, and you have a pretty solid squad that includes the trickery and creativity of McAnuff, Kebe, Karacan and Robson-Kanu along with opportunistic striker Le Fondre who could be dubbed the ‘new’ Kevin Phillips, with Pogrebnyak and journeyman Roberts who has a proven goalscoring record at this level up front.
Visitors Ipswich Town improved their Championship record by one position last term when they finished in 14th place as manager Mick McCarthy failed to make any real impact with the Tractor Boys and it looks likely that they will remain mid-table candidates again this season unless striker Aaron Mclean can recapture his prolific scoring touch that he showed with Peterborough United in League Two a few seasons ago, but age is against him and he has failed to make an impact at this level thus far (just 9 goals in 76 appearances with Hull City).
Ipswich’s midfield will rely heavily on the trio of Skuse, Tabb and Wordsworth although they don’t seem to have the same quality and technique as the Reading engine-room and their best hope will be to make Portman Road a fortress it seems.
I have to go for Reading in this one as their squad is still essentially of Premiership pedigree, and their midfield are capable of opening up Ipswich’s inconsistent defence almost at will; could be a 2-0 win for the home side here.
Pick: Reading straight win @ 1.93 Pinnacle
October 29th, 2012 / Matt - Category:
English Football Betting
Reading V Arsenal
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 – Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT
Live on Sky Sports HD1
The Madejski Stadium was the setting of a six-goal thriller at the weekend. On Tuesday it will host the only Capital One Cup tie involving two Premiership sides as an out of sorts Arsenal pay an improving Reading a visit, for a match shown live on Sky Sports HD1.
Now, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already gone on record and stated that this very competition matters the least of all to him, which makes the odds-on quotes that his side will come through their tricky Fourth Round encounter unscathed all the more unappealing. Then there is their recent lacklustre displays, which has seen them look suspect at the back and toothless in attack; a run of successive to-nil defeats, first away to Norwich (0-1) in the league before losing at home to Schalke (0-2) in Europe, was only brought to an end courtesy of a fortuitous 1-0 victory over QPR at the weekend.
As for Reading, things are starting to look up. Yes wins are still proving elusive in the Premier League, with The Royals still without a win nine games into the season, but some of their recent performances have certainly merited one or two. In fact, their form still looks reasonable; Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Fulham, in which they came from 3-2 down to earn a deserved point after levelling in stoppage time, meant it is now one defeat in their last five in all competitions. That solitary reverse coming at Anfield away to Liverpool, in which they gave as good as they got in a narrow 1-0 loss.
If anything, Reading left the Madejski ruing a missed opportunity, as while they levelled the score at 3-3 in stoppage time, they came oh so close to a winner right at the death as they piled on the pressure. Hopefully Brian McDermott’s team can carry that momentum into Tuesday’s game, against what is likely to be a much-changed Arsenal side, as they are a huge price to comply, at a ground where they’ve been beaten just once in their last 15 (W9 D5 L1) – albeit a lot of those were in the Championship last season, while that one reverse was to Arsenal’s north-London rivals Tottenham. It’s an impressive patch of home form nonetheless.
An ample-sized squad is the main reason for Arsenal’s thin odds, as Wenger was able to rotate in the previous round and still win handsomely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Andrei Arshavin and Olivier Giroud were amongst the goals as the Gunners fired six past League One Coventry at the Emirates. Reading away will be a different proposition entirely, and while I wouldn’t rule out as many goals – Reading’s last five home games have produced 5,4,4,5 and 6 goals – the contest itself should be much more competitive, with Royals boss Brian McDermott set to name another strong side, similar to the ones which prevailed in typically high-scoring affairs with Peterborough (3-2) and QPR (2-3) earlier in the tournament.
Lay of Arsenal @ 1.9 (Betfair)
Over 3.5 Goals @ 2/1 (Ladbrokes)
September 20th, 2012 / callum - Category:
Premier League Tips
West Brom suffered their first defeat under Steve Clarke when they went down 3-0 to Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend. It was a performance which will have no doubt frustrated both the manager and the supporters as the team seemed to lack the discipline and organisation that has been evident throughout their positive start to the season. It’s a season which has seen them start very well with victories over Liverpool and Everton at the Hawthorns, either side of a deserved 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane against Spurs. The defeat last Saturday could well serve as a reality check after such a good start but the manner of their loss will have been most disappointing as they lost two first half goals where, defensively, they could have done a lot better. The other frustrating part which Clarke looked to be furious with was the sending off of Peter Odemwingie. The Nigerian forward is an important player to his side but his petulant kick out which resulted in the red card means he misses the next three games and it’s the kind of action which could see Clarke take further punishment with in the future.
It’s fair to say that Reading are finding life back in the Premier League a touch difficult. The Royals have yet to register a victory since their return to the top flight following their Championship success last season. Defeats to Chelsea and Spurs followed a 1-1, last minute salvo at home to Stoke. Brian McDermott can take some solace in the sense that there is no doubt his players have given him everything and have fought right to the end of each of their games. Their performance against Chelsea was probably the best thus far as they troubled the European Champions before eventually losing out 4-2. Their most recent game (on Sunday against Spurs) was the biggest sign yet that they are lacking quality throughout their team. Before the game, Tottenham had failed to hit the heights they are capable of but they were miles ahead of Reading and, if anything, the `1-3 score line flattered the hosts. It’s still very early in the season and there is plenty of time for Reading to climb the table but they have to improve defensively. Even though they may not have the same standard of player as other sides, if McDermott can get them defending well as a unit they can improve their fortunes.
With Odemwingie’s suspension, Clarke will have to change his side. He has several options available to him and it could mean a first league start for on loan Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku. He’s came off the bench in three of their four league games but he could start on Saturday and if so, his size and presence in and around the box could prove decisive – especially against a Reading defence who have shipped eight goals in three games.
It was noticeable how much Reading struggled with the movement and pace of Spurs’ attack on Sunday. Ian Harte, who has been their preferred left back this term, is not getting any younger and he was hapless against the threat of Lennon, Bale and Defoe. Chris Gunther who was brought to the club from Championship side Nottingham Forest is making a big step up and it will take a while for him to get fully up to speed with the pace of the Premier League.
West Brom have started the season in flying form at the Hawthorns and it’s no surprise that they are favourites for the game against a struggling Reading side. It’s not original but I strongly fancy the Baggies to record their third home win of the campaign.
West Brom 5/6 BetVictor
August 24th, 2012 / callum - Category:
Premier League Tips
Sunderland started the season with a resilient goalless draw away to Arsenal last weekend. It was a typical away performance from a side managed by Martin O’Neill as they were organised, disciplined and worked tirelessly throughout the 90 minutes. O’Neill transformed the atmosphere surrounding the club last season when taking over from Steve Bruce and the positive results were evidence of that. Now beginning his first full season in charge, the former Aston Villa manager will be determined to start the season well and enhance the chances of a good, consistent season. Since earning a point against Arsene Wenger’s men, the Black Cats have brought in Steven Fletcher from Wolves for a reported £15m. Should Fletcher start against Reading tomorrow at the Stadium of Light it will provide Sunderland with a focal point in attack which they have been missing since Nicklas Bendtner returned to Arsenal following his loan spell. Many people have been surprised with the price they have had to pay in order to secure the striker but he is a proven goalscorer at the top level who is only going to get better.
Having begun life back in the top flight with a scrappy draw against Stoke at home, Reading faced the Chesea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Rearranged due to the European Champion’s imminent engagement in the Super Cup next week, Reading went into the break 2-1 up before conceding three second half goals without reply. Brian McDermott made reference to the fact that Fernando Torres – scorer of the crucial third – was offside when he turned it in. He’s probably right but both he and his players have to use that as a motivation in their next game rather than dwell on it and be left behind. The Royals can take plenty of positives from their opening two matches of the campaign but they must continue to learn. They failed to capitalize on a lot of possession against Stoke on the opening day whilst their goalkeeper has made several mistakes already, which have been duly punished at this level.
O’Neill has the foundations of a solid and stable Premier League side but he is clearly not content with having just that so has sought to bring in extra quality. Fletcher may well make his Sunderland debut tomorrow and the chances are that Adam Johnson may well make the move as well in the near future. It’s unlikely that the manager will change from his favoured 4-4-2 formation which served him so well at Aston Villa.
At this early in the season it’s unthinkable to believe that players of this level will be tired. Despite this being their third game within a week, the Reading players should still be fit and ready for another 90 minutes. However, having just been promoted and as this level of football is a new experience to many of the players, there could be an issue of mental tiredness. With all the attention in the build up to the opening game of the season, aligned with the hype of playing the European Champions and all their stars, Saturday’s game may just come a little soon.
Sunderland have lost just twice at home under O’Neill (12 games in total) in the league last season. Those defeats came against Arsenal and Manchester United so it’s a difficult place to collect all three points from. The fans will be expectant after last week’s positive opening and I believe that their expectations will be met with a home win.
Sunderland 20/21 @ BetVictor
August 17th, 2012 / callum - Category:
Premier League Tips
Reading mark their return to the Premier League with a home fixture against Stoke City. The Royals won the Championship last season but manager Brian McDermott has not rested on his laurels and has strengthened the squad throughout the summer. Nicky Shorey returns to the club where he made his name whilst Chris Gunter has also moved which could see two new full backs in the line-up tomorrow. Their biggest signing of the summer though has been Pavel Pogrebnyak who finished last season on loan at Fulham. The Russian impressed during his short stay at Craven Cottage, scoring six goals in 12 league games. He will need to repeat his scoring exploits with his new club as he looks to be their main striker heading into the new campaign.
Stoke are entering their fifth straight season in England’s top flight which is a remarkable feat made possible by such a hard working manager. Tony Pulis accepts nothing less than 100% from his players in terms of effort and no matter who they face, their approach is the same – to make it difficult for the opposition. Last season saw the Potters reach the last 32 in Europe but they found it hard to balance their exploits on the continent with their domestic form. Having put so much into the early months of the season Stoke were tired and lethargic in the latter weeks which saw them win just one of their last 10 matches. Pulis has tried to add further depth to his squad with the purchase of Michael Kightly from Wolves and Jamie Ness from Rangers.
Reading are heading into the new season with huge momentum as they won 15 of their last 17 league games. The nucleus of that side has remained at the club and that spirit and morale can go such a long way early on in the season. It would be disrespectful to suggest that they got their success through attitude alone – they didn’t. They have a very effective style of play and know how to win games.
Stoke need to score more goals this season as they were the lowest scorers in the division with just 36. Peter Crouch is their obvious attacking threat but he needs the support of his team-mates, both in terms of setting up chances for him and chipping in with goals of their own. It’s unlikely they will change their style of play but they may well be more adaptable in their approach as teams are no longer surprised, or affected as much, by their power and directness.
Reading were strong at home during their only other term in the Premier League and they will need to be again in order to survive. Stoke have never been great travelers and there is a feeling that they need more upfront so I think the home side can get off to a flying start on their return.
Reading 7/5 @ PaddyPower
April 12th, 2012 / Armchair Punter - Category:
Friday 13th April 2012 – Kickoff: 1945hrs
The top two teams in the Championship face-off at St Marys Stadium in Friday night’s blockbuster when hosts Southampton entertain Reading to determine top spot.
It promises to be a tightly contested affair with both teams locked on 82 points, and on the face of it, very little to separate them in terms of overall quality. Southampton have won four of their last six with wins at Millwall, Hull City and Crystal Palace along with a home win over doomed Doncaster Rovers, but were held to a point at home by fierce local rivals Portsmouth last weekend. Their one loss in their last fifteen matches was a 0-3 defeat at fifth placed Blackpool.
Saints’ home record stands at 15-4-2 44/15, and are seven matches unbeaten now since a rare loss to Leicester City back in January. Saints also possess a mean defence which has kept ten clean sheets so far, and are second only to Birmingham City (12 goals) in terms of conceding at home.
Southampton’s threats though undoubtedly come from their various attacking outlets such as striker Rickie Lambert (24 goals, 10 assists) who grabbed a brace at Palace in midweek , and has scored 10 goals in his last nine matches. He’s also weighed in with no fewer than four hat-tricks in the Championship this season which surely makes him a hot favourite for Championship player of the season?
Supporting him are the likes of Adam Lallana (10 goals, 8 assists), Guilherme do Prado (6 goals, 7 assists), Richardson and Fox (8 and 9 assists respectively) and striker Billy Sharp (5 goals) who is deadly at this level.
Visitors Reading have quietly gone about their business whilst everyone was raving about West Ham or if Blackpool would bounce back immediately, and The Royals have shown that they are no push-overs recently when they handled an aggressive Leeds side intent on kicking them off the park, by out-playing them on the pitch and deservedly look to be returning back to the Premiership.
Back to the drawing board for Warnock and Leeds, perhaps better off utilising the skill and quality of Snodgrass and McCormack rather than investing time into thinking of ways to maim the opposition?
Anyhow, back to the matter in hand and Reading have won five of their last six with the defeat coming at Peterborough United 1-3 which was a bit of a turn up for the books. Well, this is the Championship after all. Anyhow, wins over Barnsley, Blackpool, West Ham, Leeds and Brighton have maintained their promotion push and are now six points clear of third placed West Ham who look as though they’ll have to settle for the play-offs as their route back into the big time.
Reading have also won seven of their last nine away which is pretty impressive form to bring into this match and they’ll need it too to handle Saints on home ground. The Royals’ away record stands at 12-3-6 30/20, and their defensive record is only surpassed by Hull City (19 goals conceded) on the road.
Reading’s firepower is spread around some key players like strikers Adam Le Fondre (9 goals, 3 assists) and Noel Hunt (8 goals, 6 assists) along with the wide players such as Jimmy Kebe (3 goals, 8 assists) and Jobi McAnuff (5 goals, 11 assists) along with journeyman striker Jason Roberts (5 goals, 5 assists) who yearns for another crack at the big time.
Both teams are strong defensively as well as possessing potent attacks and it’ll be interesting to see which team (if any) come out on top here. The draw suits both sides in a match neither team wants to lose, so I’ll back the value of the draw perhaps 1-1 between two teams who seem very evenly matched.
Pick: Draw @ 3.41 Pinnacle
March 12th, 2012 / Armchair Punter - Category:
Tuesday 13th March 2012 – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Second from bottom Doncaster Rovers take on third placed Reading at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night with Reading in search of a ninth successive Championship win.
Doncaster themselves have put together a four match unbeaten run to keep their hopes alive of maintaining their Championship status, but remain in the bottom three level on points with Coventry City. However, draws against Peterborough United, Brighton and West Ham, along with a 2-1 win at lowly Nottingham Forest has given Dean Saunders’ men renewed hope.
Doncaster’s home record stands at 4-7-5 13/17, and have lost just once in their last eight at home which was a disappointing 1-3 loss to play-off candidates Blackpool. Three of their last four at home have ended in draws though which has prevented them from climbing out of the drop-zone.
Up front they’ve now got El-Hadji Diouf (5 goals, 4 assists) since striker Billy Sharp left for Southampton, but seem a little light on attacking options with James Hayter (3 goals) and James Coppinger (3 assists) as the other main back-up players.
Reading will be looking for their ninth successive win when they travel north on the back of some impressive results; 1-0 against Burnley, Middlesbrough 2-0 and Leicester City 3-1 which has sustained their final push for automatic promotion.
The Royals now lie third place just behind West Ham on goal difference and another win at Doncaster would lift them into second place just behind Southampton. Their away record stands at 9-2-5 19/14 and have won their last four on the road with wins at Watford, Derby County, Middlesbrough and Millwall.
They have more attacking options in Simon Church and Adam Le Fondre (7 goals each), Noel Hunt (6 goals) and McAnuff, Robson-Kanu and Roberts (4 goals apiece). Creativity has been supplied by wingers McAnuff (9 assists) and Kebe (7 assists).
Despite Doncaster’s recent unbeaten run, I have to back this Reading side who have the winning habit along with scoring 13 goals and conceding just 2 in this eight match winning streak, and possess far more attacking options going forward; a 2-1 win for the away side I reckon.
Pick: Reading straight win @ 2.00 Pinnacle
January 27th, 2012 / callum - Category:
Reading v Bristol City
The FA Cup might be the main focus of attention in England this weekend but there are a couple of games in the Championship and the pick of them see’s Reading entertain Bristol City.
Reading have been previewed several times already this season, obliging more often than not when selected. Last weekend’s defeat against Hull at home would have been a sore one to take considering how close both clubs are in terms of league position and also because it ended a run of four straight victories at home in the Championship. They were unfortunate against Nick Barmby’s side a week ago and probably should have put the game to bed in the first half. However, we all know how competitive this league is and if you fail to capitalize when on top then you always run the risk of regretting it later in the game. That was the case and John McDermott will be hoping that his players use that experience and put it to good use between now and the end of the season. With most of their promotion rivals involved in cup action tomorrow, it’s a chance to make up some valuable ground.
Derek McInnes’ has had an excellent start to his Bristol City career since his move from St Johnstone earlier in the season. He has managed to put a six point gap between the Robins and Nottingham Forest who currently occupy the third relegation spot. Of course, they are not safe by any means but they do remain one of the few sides down that end of the table who are in a bit of form and look stronger than most in the bottom half at this stage of the season. Last Saturday’s win at home to Doncaster Rovers was doubly important as they not only beat a side who are below them in the table, but they also ensured that they returned to winning ways after losing a couple of matches on the bounce. Away from home under McInnes they have more than held their own with a recent win over Southampton at St Mary’s already achieved. They have, however, lost three of their last four on the road.
Reading have brought in experienced striker Jason Roberts in this week and he could play tomorrow. He will be an old head amongst what is a very young team. The fans will also be hoping that he can be more prolific in front of goal than some of their other strikers as their top scorers remain on six league goals for the season.
Bristol City are resigned to losing Nicky Maynard come the end of the season when his contract expires but they will be aiming to keep him beyond January. He remains one of the most potent strikers in the division and will be a big threat if fit to face Reading tomorrow.
Reading have won three of the last four meetings between these two sides. Despite being defeated last week they were still impressive and I think they can get their promotion charge back on track tomorrow.
My Selection: Reading to beat Bristol City
Best odds available: 5/6 available with William Hill
January 2nd, 2012 / Matt - Category:
Cardiff V Reading
Monday, 2 January 2012 – 15:00 GMT
Fourth meets fifth in the Championship at the Cardiff City Stadium as Cardiff host Reading, with the former hoping to complete a league double over The Royals, whom they beat 2-1 at the Madjeski in November.
Saturday’s hard-fought 1-0 victory at Nottingham Forest ended a frustrating run of three without a win for Cardiff, who return home to Wales keen to make amends for their 3-2 reverse to Middlesbrough in their last league fixture there. The latterly mentioned result ended a run of four consecutive wins for the Bluebirds, three of which were without conceding a goal.
The second half of the season is usually when Reading find their stride, so we shouldn’t be at all surprised with their current vein of form. Just the one goal was required to see off out of sorts Ipswich at the weekend, with The Royals having now won their previous four league matches without conceding a single goal.
Away from home however, Reading remain very inconsistent (W5 D2 L4) – and largely unreliable, hence why bookmakers have them as 5/2 underdogs, despite their glistening form. They don’t score many goals either, just 11, which doesn’t bode well ahead of their visit to Cardiff, whom boast one of the stronger defensive records on their own patch.
I am not convinced with Reading in this fixture; their form is outstanding but they remain a bit of an enigma on their travels.
Cardiff are formidable in their own backyard (W7 D2 L2), averaging almost two a game in Wales where top scorer Kenny Miller has netted five of his seven league goals for the term, and with that winning feeling back in their system should notch their eighth home win of the season at in-form Reading’s expense.
Betting Tip: Cardiff to WIN @ 5/4 VictorChandler
Final Score: 3:1