Monday night’s Premier League fixture sees Reading host Arsenal, with both sides currently struggling and in poor form.
Reading – 5.5/1 with Ladbrokes
Draw – 4.2/1 with Bet Victor
Arsenal – 1.67/1 with Paddy Power
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The home side have lost five games in a row in the league and failed to score in their past two, which has left them six points off safety. Even more disappointingly, four of the five defeats have come against the sides directly above them in the table in Wigan, Aston Villa, Southampton and Sunderland. Indeed, their home win against Everton remains their only win of the season in the league and the team are failing to show any promise of improving upon this dire return. The Royals also have the second worst home defensive record in the division – conceding on average two goals a game at the Madejski.
Arsene Wenger is under increasingly more pressure daily it seems and the defeat to League Two Bradford last weekend in the League Cup has upset supporters even more. His team are in terrible form for a Champions League side – just one win in their last six games, including the defeat at Bradford, the home defeat to Swansea and disappointing loss in Olympiakos. The Gunners haven’t won an away game in the league since early October too and goals have been surprisingly hard to come by away from the Emirates – averaging just a goal a game. Defensively though, Arsenal have been extremely tough to beat – only Man City have conceded fewer goals away from home.
Both sides could do with a win here, but I wouldn’t expect a repeat of the 7-5 League Cup scoreline. Arsenal have to start as favourites but anticipate both teams to score. The return of Theo Walcott, who scored a hatrick in the League Cup victory, could prove the spark for an Arsenal revival.
Arsenal to win 2-1 at 9/1 with Stan James
Theo Walcott to score first at 7.5/1 with Bet365
Both teams to score at 1.62/1 with Ladbrokes
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