It’s the Royals versus the Saints in the Saturday Lunchtime kick off in what could prove to be a pivotal match for the fortunes of both teams this season.
Reading come into this match in dire form with six straight defeats and find themselves at the foot of the table whilst Southampton have inexplicably won their last two matches against Liverpool and Chelsea and are four points from safety. You sense that Reading will need all three points to have any chance of staying in the Premier League next year whilst a point for Southampton wouldn’t be the worst result in the world.
As bad as Reading’s results are at the moment I can’t be touching the 5/4 (Betfred) for a Southampton away win. They may have beaten Chelsea and Liverpool at home but on the road they are a different beast altogether. In their last 12 matches they have won just once. Saying that, in their current form, would you really be wanting to bank on Reading winning at 5/2 (BetVictor)?
What does appeal is the draw at 45/17 with Pinnacle. Southampton have drawn five out their last eight, whilst the draw is the most common result at The Madejski Stadium occurring in six of Reading’s 14 home matches. We’ll also have a nibble of the 14/1 for a 2-2 draw with Betvictor. There has two 2-2 draws for both teams home and away this season and with goals expected, 14/1 isn’t to be sniffed at.
In nine of their respective 15 home/away fixtures both teams have seen the last goal coming in after 74 minutes. Boasting a 60% strike rate the 10/11 with PaddyPower with the last goal being after the 74th minute looks a value bet.
Draw @ 45/17 with Pinnacle
2-2 @ 14/1 with Bet Victor
Time of last goal 74 minutes+ @ 10/11 with Paddy Power
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