Southampton v Reading Betting Preview
A fascinating clash at the foot of the table between the Saints and the Royals with big points at stake here. 18th placed Southampton are three points ahead of Reading and pulling out a six point gap would be huge now for Nigel Adkins’ side. It could leave the Royals in a heap of relegation trouble. For the visitors, who are on a poor run of form, the chance to claw their way towards safety will be huge.
Southampton v Reading Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Southampton Evens, Draw 23/10, Reading 11/4
Southampton v Reading Recommended Bet:
Two terrible defences going up against each other here, so where is the advantage going to lie? That should be in home turf for the Saints who are in decent enough home form at St Mary’s. The Saints are unbeaten in their last three home matches and have lost just one of their last six on home soil in the Premier League. That should put them in good enough of a standing to get three points out of this one. The defence of Southampton have conceded at a rate of 1.5 goals per game at home and they have kept just one clean sheet all season, a 2-0 win at St Mary’s over Newcastle. Having conceded no more than one goal in each of their last five league matches, there are signs that they are tightening up their defence. Being a bold side in getting forward and taking games to opposition, they will be less edgy and nervy than the Royals. The Saints, with just one loss in their last five league matches look good, but they have won just one of their last six at home against Reading. Southampton have conceded the most first half goals in the Premier League this term, while Reading have conceded the most second half goals. While the Saints have thrown away more points from winning positions at home than any other side this term, should they get in front here, it’s likely they’ll have enough to overpower the Royals.
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Reading’s defence is looking shakier than Southampton’s at the moment. The Royals are on a three match losing streak in the Premier League and have conceded eight goals in those three games. The Royals have also scored five of their own in that run of games and it is their vulnerabilities at the back which has cost them. Reading haven’t managed to pick up a win on the road this season, drawing two and losing five. Their last two away matches have ended in defeat so tough to confidently back here. On the road in the Premier League, Reading have thrown away more points from winning positions than any other side and they have allowed more shots than any other side this term. They have produced some good rallying stuff at times, but the gaps at the back keep letting them down. Reading have scored at a rate of one per game on the road and have conceded at a rate of 1.86. The Saints probably have enough to edge what could be a high scoring match. Would consider a Draw/Southampton Half Time/Full Time bet for a price of 4/1 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.
Southampton LDWWDL, Reading DDWLLL
Reading have lost just one of the last six at Southampton
There has only been one home win in the last six meetings between the two clubs
Reading have allowed the most shots against them in the Premier League this season
Southampton have the league’s worst defence
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