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Bookies Suggest Royals More Likely to Go Down Than Up

With Reading 14th in the table it's probably not surprising, but right now you can get shorter odds on Reading playing League One football than mixing it with Premier League's best next season.

Michael Dodge

All odds courtesy of Odds Checker.

Sadly our regular bookie watch has fallen by the wayside this season but with a quarter of the campaign gone I thought a look at how the bookies see our chances was long overdue.

On the final day of July you could get around 5/1 on Reading to win promotion to the Premier League, but today it's as short as 12/1 and as far out as 18/1 with the bookies, with the vast majority giving you odds of about 14/1. Those odds are still fairly long though and there's 11 clubs more fancied to go up than the Royals.

In contrast, at the end of July Reading were around 20/1 to go down. However, those odds are now as short as 8/1 with Ladbrokes. With that said most bookies have us around the 12-14/1 range and some give you as long as 16/1.

We're some way off being favourites for either promotion or relegation with the bookies, with 12 teams having shorter odds than us to go up this season. Predictably, Derby County lead the way with odds of 11/10 to return to the Premier League. The bookies seem to share the opinion that most Reading fans have - that this term will end with a mid-table finish.

Interestingly, we're on the same number of points we had at this stage of our previous title winning campaign back in 2011/12, and if you think lightning will strike twice, well you can get as much as 66/1 on Reading to be champions come May. When you consider our dramatic upturn in form that season, perhaps this campaign could be a successful one?

Finally, if you fancy Glenn Murray to take the golden boot, he can be backed at around 33/1 with our current leading scorer Simon Cox out at between 50/1 and 200/1.

So how do you rate those odds? Generous, harsh or on the money? Let us know in the comments below.

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