This is a huge game at the foot of the Championship table, and with Reading going into this one off the back of a morale boosting home win last time out, I make them favourites for the visit of Ipswich Town.
The Royals’ 3-2 victory over Bristol City at the Madejeski Stadium last Saturday makes it consecutive home wins for Paul Clement’s side. Clean sheets are a big problem for the Berkshire side though, with just one to their name in the opening 16 games of their Championship season. With that in mind, both teams scoring surely has a big chance at generous odds of 4/5 with Ladbrokes.
Recent history also suggests that we could be in for a goal or two, or to be more specific, over 3.5 of them. It’s been a winner in three of six games, and two of the remaining three matches have yielded over 2.5. A tenner each on over 2.5 (21/10) and over 3.5 (13/5 – both with Ladbrokes) means you should find yourselves in at least some profit by full-time.
Yakou Meite has been the shining light in the recent Reading resurgence, with the Frenchman finding the net three times in his last two home games. Ipswich have only kept one Championship clean sheet since April, and give away plenty of chances to their opposition, so Meite looks like good news at 11/2 with William Hill to score first for the third consecutive home game.
The Paul Lambert revolution is sure to take hold of his Ipswich side sooner rather than later, and with the international break on the horizon I fancy him to start turning things around sharpish.
But not just yet.
Reading have been playing with a lot more freedom at home in recent weeks, and if they can keep the backdoor shut against one of the division’s worst attacks then they have a big chance of clawing a massive eight points clear of this weekend’s opponents. I don’t think there will be a clean sheet for either side, but a win for Reading that sees both teams scoring should leave you smiling at odds of 17/5 with William Hill.
Championship Treble: £10 on Middlesbrough (To beat Wigan), Blackburn Rovers (Rotherham United) and Bristol City (Preston) returns just over £50 with William Hill.
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