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Reading FC - Bookie Watch April 15, 2011

Reading FC - Bookie Watch April 15, 2011


Here's our weekly look into what the bookmakers are saying about Reading Football Club.

So just four weeks to go now and Reading are just three points away from an automatic promotion place. So how do the bookies rate our chances for promotion, and for the playoffs.

Championship - Promotion Odds: (Source - Oddschecker 15/04/11)
QPR                 1/200 1/50 1/25
CARDIFF               EVS 13/8 28/13
NORWICH               5/4 5/6 11/8
SWANSEA             6/4 9/5 13/10
READING               2/1 4/1 7/1
LEEDS                13/2 7/2 4/1
LEICESTER            16/1 14/1 12/1
HULL                 28/1 33/1 14/1
BURNLEY              50/1 14/1 8/1


In just two weeks our odds have been cut by over two thirds, and we're now priced at 2/1 to win back promotion to the Premier League, the fifth overall favourite.

The bookies are all but proclaiming QPR up, with the best price you can get on them winning promotion now a whopping 1/200. Norwich have fallen behind Cardiff as the next best fancied, with the Welsh side best priced at evens and the Canaries now back to 5/4, having been odds on last week.

As much as Reading have come in, Forest have gone out, with Billy Davies' side now a distant 8/1 to be promoted, with Leicester, Burnley also seeing their odds lengthen over the past week.

In terms of making the play-offs, we're also down to 1/4 with Bet 365 to make the top six, showing how strongly the bookies fancy us to at least make it into the promotion lottery.  Our nearest challengers for a top six place, Nottingham Forest, are still 6/4 to make it. It's interesting that their odds of promotion are tumbling, but their playoff odds remain roughly the same. If you fancy a real outside bet, the Royals are 80/1 to WIN the Championship, perhaps worth a sneaky bet given QPR's upcoming FA Disciplinary battle.....

Top Goalscorer

Shane Long is also still in contention to be the top scorer in the Championship. Long's goal against Scunthorpe took him to 21 league goals for the season.  Top scorer Danny Graham also scored this week though, keeping the gap between the men at three. The bookies have the Irishman at a best price of 7/2 to overhaul Graham and finish top of the pile, with Graham best priced at 4/11.